The fifteenth annual Jefferson-Lincoln Awards, An Evening to Honor Lives of Public Service will be held November 8, 2014 at The Inn at Spanish Bay at Pebble Beach.
The event serves as the Panetta Institute’s major fundraiser with monies raised going to support the Institute’s mission to inspire men and women to lives of public service. Individual seats are available for $600. Sponsor tables with special recognition for the sponsor are $12,000.
Last year’s honorees were longtime CBS newscaster Bob Schieffer, Democratic Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and Republican Senator Saxby Chambliss of Georgia.
“In a Washington environment of increasing partisanship in both government and journalism, these three stand out as examples that cooperation and fair-mindedness remain the best avenue to solving our country’s problems. Their form of leadership is not only still possible in today’s national dialogue — it’s more necessary than ever,” said Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.
The annual event honors policy makers and journalists whose work best exemplifies public service and dedicated effort on behalf of the greatness of our nation.
Mr. Schieffer has been with CBS News since 1969, serving as interim news anchor, chief Washington correspondent and, since 1991, as moderator of the Sunday public affairs show Face the Nation. His career with CBS has put him in the center of national political issues; his assignments have included the White House, the Pentagon, State Department and the U.S. Congress. He has moderated three presidential debates and is one of broadcast journalism’s most experienced Washington reporters.
Sen. Mikulski has served in the Senate since 1986. For the previous ten years she had served in the House of Representatives; last year she became the longest serving woman in the history of the United States Congress. She serves as chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice and Science.
The website Examiner.com described her this way: “Although (she) is considered one of the most staunch liberal Democrats in the Senate, her Republican colleagues rate her as one of the most bipartisan.”
In 2010, Senator Chambliss helped create the so-called “Gang of Six,” consisting of three Republican and three Democratic senators to create a deficit-cutting plan. That group has since expanded to eight.
The annual event serves as the Panetta Institute’s major fundraiser with monies raised going to support the Institute’s mission to inspire men and women to lives of public service and its related programs. Jefferson-Lincoln honorees are selected by a special committee consisting of former U.S. Senator Nancy Kassebaum Baker, former U.S. Representative Lee Hamilton, Secretary Leon E. Panetta and Panetta Institute Co-Chair and CEO Sylvia Panetta.
The Jefferson-Lincoln Awards are made possible thanks to the generosity of a variety of individuals and organizations who have joined a growing list of sponsors and hosts for the event. For information on how to become a sponsor, please contact the Panetta Institute at 831-582-4200.
The following people and organizations were among the sponsors:
Sherry E. DeBoer for Leon and Sylvia Panetta
Bob and Sue Antle for Bob Schieffer
Debra and George W. Couch III for Barbara Mikulski
California State University, Monterey Bay for Saxby Chambliss
Automobile Club of Southern California
Laurie and David Benjamin
Blue Shield of California
Bruce G. Bodaken
California American Water Company
Cannery Row Company
Roger W. Coleman
Community Hospital of the Monterey Peninsula
Corinthian Colleges, Inc.
The Hon. Jim Courter & IDT Corp.
Don Chapin Co. Inc.
E & J Gallo Winery
International Franchise Association
Monterey Bay Aquarium
Ocean Mist Farms
Mike and Mary Orradre
Pacific Maritime Assoc. (PMA) and Sugerman Communications Group
Pebble Beach Company
Santa Clara University
Stevens, Sloan & Shah, CPAs and Pacific Valley Bank
Tanimura and Antle
Louise and Ed Trout
Victory Toyota Scion/Lexus Monterey Peninsula
Kathy and Tom Wiggans
Zenith Insurance – A Fairfax Company
Bank of America
Charles L. Canfield, Santa Cruz Seaside Company
Renee and Richard Kezirian
Monterey Business Council
Sara and Bill Morgan/Chrissi and Mike Morgan
Royal Rose, LLC
Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System
Previous Jefferson-Lincoln honorees include:
- Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood
- Candy Crowley, CNN anchor and reporter
- Congressman Steny Hoyer, (D) Fifth District of Maryland
- Former U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates
- Alice Rivlin, former director, Office of Management and Budget
- Wolf Blitzer, CNN lead political anchor
- Tom Brokaw, Special Correspondent, NBC Nightly News
- Cokie Roberts, Senior News Analyst, NPR and ABC News
- David Brooks, Columnist, The New York Times
- Bernard Shaw, Anchor Emeritus, CNN
- Andrea Mitchell, Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, NBC News
- Jim Lehrer, Executive Editor and Anchor, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
- California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger
- U.S. Representative Jane Harman (D) 36th District of California
- U.S. Representative Jim Saxton, (R) 3rd District of New Jersey
- Ron Brownstein, Political Director, Atlantic Media
- David Broder, National Political Correspondent, The Washington Post
- Judy Woodruff, Senior Correspondent, PBS NewsHour with Jim Lehrer
- Belva Davis, Television Journalist, KQED
- U.S. Representative Sherwood Boehlert (R) 24th District of New York
- U.S. Representative Ike Skelton (D) 4th District of Missouri
- U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R) of Maine
- U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D) of California
- U.S. Senator Joseph Lieberman (D) of Connecticut
- U.S. Senator John Breaux (D) of Louisiana
- U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe (R) of Maine
- U.S. Secretary of Defense William Cohen (R)
- U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta (D)
- U.S. Representative Marty Meehan (D) 5th District of Massachusetts
- U.S. Representative Christopher Shays (R) 4th District of Connecticut
- U.S. Senator Russ Feingold (D) of Wisconsin
- U.S. Senator John McCain (R) of Arizona
- U.S. Representative John Murtha (D) 12th District of Pennsylvania
- U.S. Representative Bill Young (R) 10th District of Florida
- U.S. Senator John Chafee (R) of Rhode Island Posthumously
- U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (D) of New York