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Marlo Thomas receives prestigious service award

Marlo Thomas receives prestigious service award

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital national outreach director Marlo Thomas received the 2011 Jefferson Award for lifetime achievement honoring community and public service. Thomas is the daughter of the hospital’s founder, Danny Thomas.

For almost 40 years, the Jefferson Awards—co-founded by former first lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis—have been presented on national and local levels. They were created as a Nobel Prize-like honor for public service with a mission to recognize, inspire and activate volunteerism and public service in communities, workplaces and schools across America.

As an actress, producer and social activist, Thomas has worked with St. Jude for more than 20 years raising awareness and money for pediatric cancer research. She has also been a role model for women and children since she played television’s first single woman living alone in the series That Girl. Thomas has produced numerous projects, such as television specials, books and records, including Free to Be…You and Me and Free to Be … A Family. She is also the author of the New York Times best-seller The Right Words at the Right Time.

Among the award recipients this year were U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; Jerry M. Reinsdorf, owner of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls; and Bill Austin of Eden Prairie, Minn., founder of the Starkey Hearing Foundation, which provides hearing aids for needy people worldwide.

June 2011

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