Lt. General Brent Scowcroft (USAF ret.), who served as the National Security Advisor to both Presidents Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush, the only individual in U.S. history appointed to the position under two different Presidents; NBA Legend, Dikembe Mutombo; Fox News Channel Greta Van Susteren, host of the prime-time news and interview program, “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren,” former New York Governor George Pataki and more than 250 other celebrities, dignitaries, and individuals from the corporate, nonprofit, government, service and entertainment industry attended the event to honor several individuals and organizations whose service and contributions to volunteering have had a positive local and global impact.
In attendance and on behalf of the Lint Center as well as all the hard working volunteers that help translate perspiration into success was the Center’s Chief Operating Officer, Timothy W. Coleman. “It was a tremendous opportunity to represent the Lint Center and to be recognized for all the incredible efforts of our volunteer team. To share in such an occasion and to be among individuals and organizations that have finite resources and use them to create change in varied and profound ways is always impactful. As an entirely volunteer based organization, we at the Lint Center, are moved everyday by individuals who donate their time and resources to causes they believe in and it’s regenerative to see individuals and organizations being recognized for their desire to do great things.”
This year, four individuals and organizations were recognized as Tribute Awardees by Points of Light Foundation:
- Retired professional basketball player Yao Ming was recognized for The Yao Ming Foundation that seeks to improve the lives of children in China and the U.S., with an emphasis on providing educational opportunities.
- Hewett-Packard who in 2013 logged more than 1.6 million volunteer hours and gave more than $13.3 million to nonprofits and schools.
- Environmentalist Charles Orgbon III who started a club at age 12 to keep his school clean, then turned it into Greening Forward, a nonprofit dedicated to creating a diverse global environmental movement powered by young people.
- World Central Kitchen, a humanitarian organization founded by international chef José Andrés that feeds and empowers vulnerable people in humanitarian crises around the world.
Earlier this year, on the 13th anniversary of the September 11th tragedy, The Lint Center was recognized by Points of Light with a Daily Points of Light Award for its aid in the advancement of the educational pursuits of the next generation of national security workers through its mentorship and scholarship programs.
“We created the Lint Center to fill a niche void, one that teamed emerging and talented national security rookies with veterans in the national security community,” said Kay Lee Nicholas, Director and Scholarship Committee Member for the Lint Center. “ The old saying that ‘rookies make rookie mistakes’ is a truism, however, the number and severity does not have to be of that cardinal reality. Lint Center scholarships and our mentoring program strive to elucidate that end.”
To date the Lint Center has awarded 32 merit-based scholarships ranging from $500-$1500. With financial support from corporate sponsorships, The Lint Center awards scholarships twice a year in January and July.