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The Jefferson Awards Foundation’s unique and vast network of media partners inspires and celebrates local “Unsung Heroes” doing outstanding work in communities across the country. Collectively reaching over 40 million Americans, our media partners generously donate their print and air space and have honored over 55,000 Unsung Heroes over 42 years. Each media partner nominates their most outstanding recipient to represent their community at the Jefferson Awards National Ceremony in Washington, DC, where 5 will will be awarded the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award Benefitting Local Communities.

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Founded in 1972 by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Senator Robert Taft Jr., and Sam Beard, the Jefferson Awards National Ceremonies are the country’s longest standing and most prestigious celebration of public service. Over the past 42 years we have identified and honored over 55,000 local “Unsung Heroes” alongside hundreds of prominent national figures including Walter Cronkite, Paul Newman, Steve Jobs, Elie Wiesel, Peyton Manning and Michael Bloomberg. By celebrating their outstanding service, we are amplifying their solutions for others to apply in their own communities.


Jefferson Awards Foundation Champions are a partnership of corporations and universities dedicated to promoting and honoring outstanding service in workplaces and on campuses.

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