WESTPORT, Conn., Oct. 30, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Newman's Own Foundation, founded by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, honored Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole for their commitment to public service and especially their devoted leadership and support of veterans. An announcement was made at a special reception held in the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC and attended by members of Congress, veterans, and organizations supporting veterans.
In honor of the Doles, the Foundation is committing $6.7 million in support of military men and women, veterans, and their families. With this pledge, the total support for veterans from Newman's Own Foundation and Newman's Own exceeds $18.5 million since 2010.
"The freedoms and opportunities we enjoy as Americans cannot be taken for granted. The men and women of our military, veterans, and their families deserve our enduring gratitude and support," said Bob Forrester, President and CEO of Newman's Own Foundation and Executive Chairman of Newman's Own, Inc. "Today we pay tribute to these men and women, and the nonprofit organizations and volunteers who provide special services and support to them. No two individuals better exemplify in their public and private lives this spirit of service and common good, especially for our veterans, than Senators Bob and Elizabeth Dole. It is a very special privilege for us to honor them for all that they have done and continue to do."
Senator Bob Dole served our nation both on and off the battlefield. He is a decorated veteran of World War II and the recipient of numerous awards for his commitment and service to veterans. Senator Elizabeth Dole has helped military caregivers through the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, focused on supporting military caregivers and bringing crucial resources to help these hidden heroes.
Newman's Own Foundation is providing grants to 26 nonprofit organizations around the country that assist veterans and their families. These organizations provide a wide variety of support to veterans, including education, career development, mentoring, guide dogs, adaptive vehicles, and other services.
The Elizabeth Dole Foundation is one of the grant recipients. Funds will help support the creation of the Dole Caregiver Fellow Professional Development Training Program. A special grant is also being provided to Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation for the training of guide dogs and the placement of these dogs with blind veterans.
"Paul Newman volunteered to serve in the United States Naval Air Corps in World War II, and we are pleased to continue our longstanding support of military service organizations in his honor," said Forrester, who served in Vietnam as an Army officer.
The 26 nonprofits receiving grants as part of the $6.7 million commitment from Newman's Own Foundation are listed below:
Newman's Own Foundation was founded by the late actor Paul Newman to continue his philanthropic legacy and help make the world a better place. Newman's Own Foundation 100% of all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman's Own products into charitable donations. Since 1982, Paul Newman and Newman's Own Foundation have donated nearly $500 million to thousands of charities around the world. For more information, visit www.newmansownfoundation.org.