Randy Owen to Receive Paul G. Rogers Public Service Award
Randy Owen was showered with over 150 music industry awards as the lead singer of the legendary group Alabama, but next month he will be honored not for his music but for his heart. The Friends of the National Library of Medicine organization have chosen him to receive the Paul G. Rogers Public Service Award for his many years of work with St. Jude Children’s ResearchHospital in a ceremony in Washington, DC on May 13, 2008.
The Paul G. Rogers Public Service Award was created to honor individuals who are demonstrated leaders in increasing awareness and support of important health issues today. The overall event will celebrate advances made in children’s health research and treatment, and the individuals and organizations who are dedicated to this cause.
Randy was instrumental in helping start the Country Cares for St. Jude Kids® program in 1989 after meeting St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. The program has become one of the most successful radio fundraising events in the country, garnering more than $315 million in pledges for the hospital to date.
“I’ll never forget meeting Danny for the first time and realizing the passion he had for the (St. Jude) hospital,” said Owen. “He talked about wanting to keep the hospital free to those who couldn’t afford to pay, and he made a comment to finding people who shared his vision to raise money to find cures for childhood cancers. I knew we had to do something to help, and country radio was the perfect vehicle to spread the word and raise some money. I never dreamed Country Cares would grow into something this big, and it’s humbling to have my name associated with its success.”
The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) is a nonprofit organization that was formed in 1986 to promote, publicize and support the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the world’s largest medical library. FNLM helps ensure that NLM can meet its full potential to benefit the American public. FNLM is a coalition of individuals, medical associations and societies, hospitals, health science libraries, corporations, and foundations dedicated to supporting the Library’s many valuable programs in public education and workforce development. For more information on the FNLM, please visit: www.fnlm.org.