Denny Shupe Receives U.S. Presidential HonorOn August 23, 2007 by Schnader in News
Caroline M. Brobeil
Public Relations Manager
Schnader Harrison Segal & Lewis LLP
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2007 – Philadelphia, PA: Schnader partner J. Denny Shupe was recently recognized with the President’s Call to Service Award from the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation for his nationwide volunteer work with the United Service Organization (USO) in support of the country’s armed forces. He was nominated by the USO of Illinois for this prestigious honor; the President’s Call to Service Award requires that an individual complete a minimum of 4,000 hours of community service over a lifetime in order to be recognized.
A retired U.S. Air Force command pilot, Mr. Shupe served more than 23 years in the active and reserve forces and has been a long-time supporter and active volunteer with the USO. He has served on the Board of Directors for the USO of Pennsylvania and Southern New Jersey (Liberty USO), both as a member (1991–present) and as the Board chair (2001-2004). He also has played a role on the United Service Organizations (USO) Affiliate Council, serving as the national chair twice (2003-2005 and 2006-2007), and as the national chair emeritus (2005-2006).
The Liberty USO is a privately funded, non-profit organization that seeks to enhance the quality of life of the region’s U.S. Armed Forces (active duty, guard and reserve) and their families. Liberty USO’s innovative family and individual service member programs and services are delivered 365 days a year by volunteers at military installations and other locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, and can include: marriage enrichment programs, survivor networking, the “Hero Kids” summer camp (a week-long summer camp experience for 100 children of deployed military members), phone cards for troops and their family members to allow them to keep in touch, the “Comfort Bear” program (providing children and young siblings of armed service members killed in action teddy bears dressed in uniform complete with soldier’s name and dog tags), the “Helping Hand” program (providing emergency assistance with heating, electricity and other utilities or bills associated with housing for families who experience a shortfall due to a deployment), as well as operation of numerous service centers that provide deployment support for the tens of thousands of local military personnel departing to and returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other worldwide deployment locations.
The President’s Call to Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation on behalf of the President of the United States to recognize the best in American spirit, and to encourage all Americans to improve their communities through volunteer service, and civic participation. The Award is given to individuals who complete 4,000 or more hours of volunteer service over the course of their lifetime. Individuals must be nominated for consideration by a ‘certifying organization,’ which can include nonprofit, community and faith-based organizations, businesses, schools and colleges, membership and trade associations, and federal, state or local government agencies. To be recognized, service activities should meet national or community needs in the areas of youth achievement, parks and open spaces, healthy communities, and public safety and emergency response. Volunteer activities should be unpaid and may not include court-ordered community service.