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May 10, 2016

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Heritage Honors Three of Its Strongest Supporters At Annual Leadership Conference

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2016—Last month at The Heritage Foundation’s annual Leadership Conference in Amelia Island, Fla., the think tank honored members with three special awards.

The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation received the think tank’s Coors, Noble, Scaife Founders Award, given in recognition of the charitable organization’s continuing support of Heritage for more than 35 years. Michael Grebe, who has served as Bradley’s president and CEO for the last 14 years, accepted the award from Heritage Vice President John Fogarty.

“The Bradley Foundation sees America as a force for good in the world,” Fogarty noted in presenting the award. “We are sincerely grateful for their leadership and their committed support, which has become a true partnership over the years.”

James and Melisha McAlister of Hartville, Ohio, received Heritage’s John Von Kannon Patriot Award. Von Kannon, a titan of the conservative movement, died last year after a 35-year career with Heritage. The award recognizes members who best reflect Von Kannon’s spirit as a steadfast conservative and happy warrior.

Owners of a lumber and building supply company, the McAlisters were described by Fogarty as “Heartland patriots who are determined to turn the country around—and to have fun doing it.”

The final award went to Billi Jean Murphree of Bellville, Texas, on behalf of her late husband, Terence H. Murphree. The former chairman of United Steel Structures was honored with the George Washington Generation’s Yet Unborn Award.

A bronze bust of Washington, the award is given to recognize outstanding members of the Heritage Legacy Society who, like America’s first president, “make it their highest ambition to secure the blessings of liberty for generations yet unborn.”

In presenting the award, Heritage President Jim DeMint said it was the Murphrees’ “selfless philanthropy and passionate love of liberty” that led them to be selected for the special recognition.

Based in Washington, D.C., The Heritage Foundation is the nation’s most broadly supported public policy research institute. It has more than a half-million individual, foundation and corporate donors and accepts no public funding or contract work.


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