SILVER SPRING, Md., Sept. 19, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- A Wider Circle, a national leader in the movement to eradicate poverty in the United States, announced that Rep. G.K. Butterfield, NC-1, will receive its 2018 Commitment to Change Award. The award will be presented at The Community Ball, A Wider Circle's annual gala, on September 27th at the National Building Museum.
"If we could envision a leader most worthy of recognition for his life-long dedication to ending poverty and providing opportunities for those in need, it would be Rep. Butterfield," said Marty Durbin, Chairman of the Board of A Wider Circle. "His tireless commitment, not only to his constituents but to the plight of those living in poverty across the country, is truly remarkable and we are very proud to present him with our highest honor."
"We are so grateful for the work of Congressman Butterfield as he continues to be a leader in the fields of poverty eradication, civil rights, and economic opportunities," said Mark Bergel, Founder and President of A Wider Circle. "The Community Ball is an important night for our organization as we work toward a world where no one is left behind and everyone enjoys the freedom of sustained economic independence."
A lifelong North Carolinian, Congressman Butterfield began his career in private practice where he was best known for his successful litigation of voting rights cases that resulted in the election of African-American officials throughout eastern North Carolina. He also served as Resident Superior Court judge, where he presided over civil and criminal court in 46 counties of North Carolina, and later served two years on the North Carolina Supreme Court.
He has represented the First District of North Carolina in the U.S. House of Representatives since 2004. Butterfield has championed affordable health care, education, investments in rural communities, veterans, renewable energies, and federal programs that support low-income and middle-class Americans. He is the Co-Chair of the Out of Poverty Caucus and a member of the Democratic Whip's Task Force on Poverty, Income Inequality and Opportunity. Butterfield serves in the Democratic leadership as Chief Deputy Whip and is the immediate past Chair of the Congressional Black Caucus. He sits on the Committee on Energy & Commerce as the 4th most senior Democrat on the Health Subcommittee and is a member of the Subcommittees of Communications and Technology and Energy.
Since 2001, A Wider Circle has expanded from educational programming and free furniture and home goods, to now include a comprehensive, long-term, evidence-based platform empowering individuals and families to lift themselves out of the cycle of poverty and enjoy the freedom of sustained financial self-sufficiency in healthy safe communities. Each year, with the help of more than 30,000 volunteers, A Wider Circle provides 16,000 individuals with the tools essential for dignified living in stable homes and 2,500 individuals with the skills and resources they need to be in the workforce, while serving an additional 7,500 children and adults through its special programs and services.