American Motivation Awards previewed

November 1, 2008 8:03:37 AM PDT
Kevin McCrudden, the president of Motivate America, discusses the upcoming American Motivation Awards.What are The American Motivation Awards?

The American Motivation Awards have been created to honor motivational, inspirational and patriotic Americans. It honors people in the field of "Personal Development" like Dr. Covey and Zig Ziglar, as well as people that do amazing things like George Martin who walked across America to raise awareness for 911 First Responders, Randy Pausch, the author of The Last Lecture and Dorine Kenney, who lost her only son in Iraq and has now sent more than 1,500 tons of materials to our troops.

Why did you create them?

We created the awards and National Motivation Day to increase people's awareness of how important personal development is and to strive to be the very best you can be, even in the face of very challenging situations. National Motivation Day is January 2nd of every year.

When and where are they being held?

The American Motivation Awards are being held on Veterans Day, Tuesday 11/11 at The Manhattan Center, which is on 34th Street in Manhattan. The VIP begins at 6:30 and the awards begin at 8:00.

Why are you honoring George Martin?

George is a perfect example of someone doing something extraordinary for other people. He used his celebrity and personal strength to walk 3,003 miles to bring awareness and support for the First Responders of 9-11.

Who else is being honored?

The Tuskegee Airmen are being honored. We have three of the original Tuskegee Airmen attending the award ceremony.

Randy Pausch, the author of The Last Lecture. Randy, unfortunately lost his battle with Pancreatic Cancer in July.

Dorine Kenney, the creator of Jacobs Light Foundation. She lost her only son in Iraq and has now shipped more than 1,500 tons of materials to our troops.

PFC. Nick Madaras. He was a 19 year old serving in Iraq. He saw the kids didn't have soccer balls and started to bring some for the kids. They would follow him for a ball. He died, tragically, but his parents now carry on his legacy.

The Acompora family. They lost their 14 year old son to a freak lacrosse accident. He suffered cardiac arrest and died. They had legislation passed to place AEDs in schools around the country and have saved lives!


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