The Jefferson Awards Foundation, the nation’s most prestigious and longest-standing organization dedicated to powering and celebrating public service, will honor this year’s most outstanding public service achievers during its annual gala in Washington, D.C. on June 28, 2018.

Sussex Technical High School of Georgetown, Judy Travis of Wilmington, Darrin Johnson of Middletown and Nicole Mc Carry of Lincoln University will be honored during the Jefferson Awards Foundation National Ceremony for their efforts to serve and support others in their communities and across the country. They will also be meeting with Senators Carper and Coons, up on Capitol Hill, during the afternoon prior to the awards.

Sussex Technical High School, Ravens With a Cause, will be recognized for their leadership efforts and engaging volunteers in support of local organizations. Through their service work the Students In Action team tracked over 3,000 service hours, impacted over 5,000 lives and had a financial impact to the community of over $66,000.

Judy Travis will be recognized for 14 years of serving the military through her Stockings for Soldiers project. Last Christmas her army of volunteers made and sent 10,000 personalized Christmas stockings to our armed forces in 17 countries.

Darrin Johnson from UnitedHealthcare will be recognized for his impact in underserved communities working with both youth and adults. He developed a Welfare to Work program designed to provide permanent employment to 35 individuals. He also mentors over 130 at risk youth through the One Village Alliance Raising Kings program.

Nicole Mc Carry from Christiana Care will be recognized for her service work helping people in less wealthy nations through Hands International and sharing her nursing expertise. After several medical missions with the organization she now serves on the board and works directly with nurses organizing the missions and reviewing processes.

The event, now in its 46th year, celebrates the individuals, organizations, schools and companies creating positive change in their communities and across the country.

“Recognizing the people and organizations who are making a positive difference in their communities – and encouraging people to follow their lead – has never been more important,” said Hillary Schafer, Jefferson Awards Foundation CEO. “The Jefferson Awards Foundation is proud to continue its long tradition of honoring those who have dedicated their lives to serving others.”

During the June 28 awards ceremony, three schools, two employees and five volunteers will be selected to win national awards.

Local winners will be recognized alongside this year’s Jefferson Awards Foundation national winners:

National Football League player Chris Long of the Philadelphia Eagles will be honored with the award for Outstanding Public Service in Professional Sports. Long has dedicated himself to supporting bright futures for communities and the individuals that make up those communities as Chairman of the Chris Long Foundation. In 2017, he donated his entire salary to education initiatives to help generate opportunity for underserved youth. He is a two-time Super Bowl champion.

Elaine Wynn will receive the S. Roger Horchow Award for Outstanding Public Service by a Private Citizen. Wynn has established herself as a savvy business leader, an indomitable crusader for children’s welfare and an influential philanthropist. She is a tireless advocate of programs and services for children who live in poverty. As a Trustee of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation, Elaine is personally and actively involved, with her family, in a variety of community organizations whose passions and priorities mirror her own.

Minnesota natives Abbie Nelson and Pia Phillips are both being honored for Outstanding Service by a Young American 25 or Under for their work through PAB’S PACKS, a nonprofit organization providing comfort and encouragement to chronically ill teenagers. Since 2015, PAB’S PACKS has provided nearly 3,000 custom designed backpacks filled with hand-selected items to make the hospital feel more like home.

The Jefferson Awards Foundation Students In Action program empowers students to think big, pursue public service and positively impact their schools and communities. Learn more at https://www.StudentsInAction.JeffersonAwards.org .

The Jefferson Awards Foundation 46th National Ceremony is sponsored by the NFL, Vodafone, Clearsight Advisors, Deloitte, The Glover Park Group and United Steelworkers. To purchase tickets for the National Ceremony or to learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation and this year’s honorees, please visit: https://www.JeffersonAwards.org/ceremony