PwC Charitable Foundation Receives 2017 Eugene and Ruth Freedman Leadership Award at Fedcap’s Celebration of the Power of Possible Gala in New York City
The PwC Charitable Foundation was recently honored as the recipient of the 2017 Eugene and Ruth Freedman Leadership Award, a distinction created to recognize outstanding organizations committed to addressing the economic well-being of veterans and military families. The award name serves as a tribute to the Freedman couple’s lifetime of philanthropy, including supporting military and veterans’ services through their family foundation.
The award was presented by Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services, a member of the Fedcap family of agencies, at its annual Celebration of the Power of Possible Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City.
Presenting the award was US Army Retired Colonel David Sutherland, Chair of Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services. “Approximately 250,000 service men and women transition out of the military annually—and their quality of life along with all generations of veterans and their families, is our concern. The purpose of this award is to highlight leadership in economic empowerment supporting veterans and their families.”
The award was accepted on behalf of the PwC Charitable Foundation by Frank Gaudio, Foundation trustee and veterans liaison. “Dixon Center for Military and Veterans Services’ work is special as it’s a unique approach that supports veterans before they exit the military as a means of forging a path to job training and placement,” said Mr. Gaudio. “Reaching service members before they separate from the military is a differentiator of Dixon Center’s strategy, and the PwC Charitable Foundation is proud to offer its support. Even in times of peace, the need is still there, and our mission never ends.”
The PwC Charitable Foundation works with Dixon Center to help train those seeking careers that require a credential rather than a college degree. Currently, Dixon Center is in its second year of a $1.2 million, four-year grant from the PwC Charitable Foundation. The Foundation’s focus is on finding solutions to some of society’s greatest challenges, particularly in the areas of education and humanitarianism. One of the ways in which the Foundation realizes this mission is supporting veteran service organizations that offer job preparedness training, transition services, education and mentorship.
"Our nation has been at war for almost 17 years—and millions of brave men and women volunteered to serve," said Retired US Marine Corps Colonel Duncan Milne, during the Fedcap Celebration. "At Dixon Center, we believe our veterans and military families can succeed where they live. Our mission is to ensure that's possible in every community. We are honored to share this mission with the PwC Charitable Foundation as we are assisting service members who are nearing the end of their military service make successful career transitions prior to their separation from the military."