NAB Distinguished Service Award Goes to Paul Simon
Will slip out the back of June 17 ceremony
April 15, 2014
and songwriter Paul Simon will receive the 2014 Service to America Leadership
Award from the NAB Education Foundatio for his long-time commitment to
providing healthcare to underserved children across the country. Simon will
receive the award at NABEF’s Celebration of Service to America Gala on June
The Service to America Leadership Award recognizes individuals and
organizations responsible for improving the lives of others through
extraordinary public service. Considered NABEF’s highest individual honor, the
award will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America Gala held
Tuesday, June 17 at the National Building Museum in Washington D.C.
“Paul Simon has had a tremendous influence on the global music community for a
half-century through his innovative style and inspired songwriting,” said NABEF
President Marcellus Alexander. “His involvement in expanding healthcare
coverage for underprivileged and impoverished children is just as important.
This award honors his mission to provide a higher quality of life for our most
Simon has enjoyed a successful career spanning 50 years, first as half of the
duo Simon & Garfunkel and then as a solo artist. Among his many honors,
Simon is the recipient of 12 Grammy Awards, including three for Album of the
Year (“Bridge Over Troubled Water,” “Still Crazy After All These Years” and “Graceland”),
and was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003. Simon is an
inductee of the Songwriters Hall of Fame and the Rock & Roll Hall of
Fame, and was the inaugural recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize
for Popular Song. He was named one of Time Magazine’s “100 People Who Shape Our
World” in 2006.
In 1987, Simon co-founded the Children’s Health Fund with pediatrician Dr.
Irwin Redlener, and launched a mobile medical clinic to bring healthcare to
homeless children in New York City. Today, Children’s Health Fund has a fleet
of 50 medical, dental and mental health clinics on wheels. Working in
partnership with local hospitals or community health centers, Children’s Health
Fund has provided health care to hundreds of thousands of poor and indigent
children in urban and rural locations across America. With its mobile clinics,
Children’s Health Fund has also responded to the need for urgent medical care for
communities devastated by Hurricanes Andrew, Katrina and Sandy. A voice for the
country’s most vulnerable children, Children’s Health Fund has been a powerful
advocate for expanding the safety net for children in poverty, and is currently
collaborating with government and schools to ensure that all children are
healthy and ready to learn so at-risk kids have a chance for success at school
and in life.
Simon has also raised millions of dollars for charitable causes such as amfAR,
The Nature Conservancy, The Fund for Imprisoned Children in South Africa,
Autism Speaks and The Joe Torre Safe At Home Foundation. He also sits on the
honorary board of Little Kids Rock, which supports free musical education in
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