Former Packers WR Donald Driver announced on Tuesday a new annual awards program to be conducted through his foundation. Called “Donald Driver’s Driven to Achieve Awards,” they will be presented each year at a ceremony in Milwaukee in partnership with BMO Harris Bank.
The awards will recognize eight individuals each year, with a minimum of five winners coming from the state of Wisconsin, for significant contributions to their communities. The inaugural awards will be presented in spring 2014.
“Too often, we as a society focus on the bad things that are happening,” Driver said in a press release. “This program is about turning the spotlight around and shining it on the people that work hard every day to make this world a better place.”
As stated in the press release, the “Driven to Achieve Awards” are open to all legal residents of the United States who can demonstrate they delivered a clear benefit to their community through volunteerism, mentoring, fundraising or any other not-for-profit means. Award winners will embody leadership, possess a dedication to excellence and will have displayed persistence and tenacity in reaching their organization’s goals.
Detailed award criteria and nomination forms can be found at the Donald Driver Foundation website, www.donalddriverfoundation.com.
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The recently retired Donald Driver will receive the 2013 AMVETS National Ladies Humanitarian Award next month. AMVETS is a congressionally chartered veterans service organization.
Below is the press release announcing Driver’s award:
Green Bay Packers’ all-time leading wide receiver, Super Bowl Champion and “Dancing With the Stars” winner Donald Driver will be the 2013 recipient of the AMVETS National Ladies Humanitarian Award. AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary President Leslie Wunderle announced Driver will be presented with the award at the AMVETS Silver Helmet Awards Banquet on Friday, April 5, at the Hilton Mark Center, Alexandria, Va.
Driver is being recognized for his work with the Donald Driver Foundation through which he has helped homeless families get on their feet and underprivileged children succeed in the classroom. In addition to the work he does with his own foundation, Driver currently sponsors several hundred children through Blessings in a Backpack, an organization that helps ensure impoverished elementary school children are fed on the weekends by sending them home with a backpack full of food every Friday throughout the school year.
Joining a distinguished list of past award winners including First Lady Barbara Bush, Dolly Parton and Bart Starr, Driver said he is humbled by the nomination. “The Ladies Auxiliary does so much for our Veterans,” Driver said. “This award is truly special to me, but these ladies, along with all of our veterans, are the real heroes.”
Recently retired from the Green Bay Packers, Mr. Driver will continue fundraising events for the Foundation in Wisconsin including his annual golf tournament, celebrity softball game and “Evening of Elegance.”
Driver was nominated for the award by Cathy Tratz of Oshkosh, Wis., and was selected as the recipient at the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary annual National Convention in Daytona Beach, Fla., August 2012.
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