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BALTIMORE, MD (September 20, 2007) – Governor Martin O’Malley will be honored tonight with the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service, a prestigious award presented by the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars of the Smithsonian Institution at the Marriott Waterfront Hotel in Baltimore. Governor O’Malley is being recognized for his dedication to strengthening his community, his state, and his country as Mayor of Baltimore.
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award, especially one that is named in recognition of President Wilson,” said Governor O’Malley. “I was taught at an early age that public service was a powerful vehicle for social change, for advancing the common good, and for ensuring the dignity of every individual, and I am honored to receive this award.”
Dr. Robert Fischell will also receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Public Service and Steve Geppi will receive the Woodrow Wilson Award for Corporate Citizenship.
“The city of Baltimore has benefited significantly from all three honorees’ extensive community involvement and long records of service, and I am very pleased the Center has an opportunity to recognize their contributions with these Awards,” said Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center.
The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, established by the U.S. Congress in 1968 and headquartered in Washington, D.C., is the living, national memorial to the United States’ 28th president. The Center is one of three American institutions (along with the National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center) created by congressional statute to perform a national mission within the Smithsonian Institution and is governed by its own independent Board of Trustees appointed by the U.S. President.
A nonpartisan institution supported by public and private funds, the Center explores national and global issues through free, open, and informed dialogue. The Honorable Joseph B. Gildenhorn is chairman of the Board of Trustees, and previously served as U.S. ambassador to Switzerland (1983-1993). Lee H. Hamilton, president and director of the Woodrow Wilson Center, served as a member of Congress for 34 years and provided service as vice chairman of the independent 9/11 Commission. He also recently served as co-chairman of the Iraq Study Group with former Secretary of State James Baker.