Elton will receive the Service to America Leadership Award from the National Association of Broadcasting Education June 11 at the ninth annual Service to America Gala in Washington.
The Leadership Award, NABEF‘s highest honour, is given to an individual who has performed extraordinary public service in bettering the lives of others. The award is being given to the musician for his philanthropic work in raising nearly $120 million in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
“Sir Elton John has served as a beacon to the world in the fight against AIDS,” said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. “The NAB Education Foundation is proud to honour Sir Elton for his extraordinary dedication to eradicating this insidious disease.”
Elton has cited the April 1990 death of Ryan White, an Indiana teenager who contacted HIV through a blood transfusion and died at the age of nineteen, as the inspiration for his charitable relief efforts. Two years later, he launched the EJAF in the United States, one of the world’s leading non-profit organisations supporting innovative HIV/AIDS prevention education and service programs. In 1993 he also founded the EJAF in the United Kingdom.
Recent recipients of the Service to America Leadership Award include former President Bill Clinton, Queen Noor of Jordan, First Lady Laura Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, boxing legend Muhammad Ali, former President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalyn Carter, and former First Lady Nancy Reagan.
The awards are sponsored and produced by NABEF with major support from the Bonneville International Corporation, which operates 28 radio stations and goes by the motto ”Do good, do well, make a difference, have fun,” and the National Association of Broadcasters, a trade association which advocates on behalf of over 8,300 free radio and stations (in addition to broadcasting networks before the Federal Communications Commission, Congress and the Courts).