March 2017 – They have inspired and empowered millions through their acts of public service and commitment to social good.

At the Jefferson Awards Foundation Ceremony in New York City, it was time to say “Thank You” to these outstanding individuals from the worlds of art, entertainment, athletics and business.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s passion for public services, now in its 45th year, demonstrated its appreciation by honoring Harry Belafonte with a lifetime achievement; Olympian Laurie Hernandez with the under 25 achievement award; and NYC based Warby Parker for the corporate award.

With her grit, determination and grace – Laurie Hernandez dazzled the world at the 2016 Olympics in Women’s gymnastics, and enthralled audiences on Dancing with the Stars. Cited by the Jefferson Awards Foundation for outstanding service by a young American 25 or under, this amazing teenage role model continues to inspire a generation of young women.

An iconic American actor, singer, recording artist and social activist – Harry Belafonte’s legacy spans generations. Recipient of the lifetime achievement award for his work in the civil rights movement with Martin Luther King Jr. to his service as a UNICEF Goodwill ambassador – The legendary entertainer has utilized his talents and notoriety to stand for social justice.

Neil Blumenthal and Dave Gilboa are two CEOs with a “vision” and a “mission”. As founders of the Warby Parker brand of prescription eyeglasses, headquartered in New York City, These young executives created the ‘Buy a Pair, Give a Pair’ model. Their dedication to public service has made the city of New York , and the World, a better place.