Bill Clinton to receive Father of the Year award

Bill Clinton, who started a philanthropic organization the William J. Clinton Foundation, after leaving the White House, joins a notable list of past "Father of the Year" honorees that includes Ronald Reagan, Colin Powell and Shaquille O’Neal.

Add “Father of the Year” to the list of accolades and accomplishments for Bill Clinton.

The former president on Wednesday was named 2013 Father of the Year by the National Father’s Day Council, which cited his “profound generosity, leadership and tireless dedication to both his public office and many philanthropic organizations.”

The award will be presented in New York City in June.

Clinton served two terms as president (1993-2001). After leaving office, he started the William J. Clinton Foundation, a philanthropy that strives to improve global health, strengthen economies, promote healthier childhoods and protect the environment. He was named U.N. special envoy to Haiti in 2009.

Clinton and his wife, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, have one daughter, Chelsea, and live in Chappaqua, N.Y.

The selection was made by the National Father's Day Committee, which is part of the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, a nonprofit association that recognizes contemporary role model fathers and mothers.

Past father honorees have included Presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan; Gens. Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and the late Norman Schwarzkopf; sports stars Shaquille O’Neal, George Forman and Steve Young; and news industry notables Tim Russert and Brian Williams.


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