Literary Achiever Award
Literary Achiever Champions are individuals who enhance the impact of literacy through their body of work comprised of any writing genre: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, journalism, scriptwriting, screenwriting, and songwriting. They have gone beyond their craft and attained notable success in promoting and nurturing literacy.
2009 – Phil Levine, Poet
2010- Ray Bradbury
2011 – Daisaku Ikeda, Buddhist educator, philosopher, poet
2012 – E. L. Doctorow
2013 – Anne Frank
2014-2015 – Nelson DeMille
Individual Leader Award
Individual Leader Champions have achieved leadership roles in enhancing the positive image of reading for education, information, and enjoyment. Through notable efforts in organization, fundraising, enhancing public awareness, and advocacy of literacy issues, they have had extraordinary positive impact.
2009 Angela Anton, Publisher, Anton Community Newspapers
2010 – Tracey Edwards, VP Verizon Long Island
2011 – Frank Petrone, Huntington Town Supervisor
2012 – none
2013 – John Barr
Enterprise Champions are CEOs of businesses or organizations that have demonstrated outstanding success in publicly promoting literacy. They need to have notably and heavily contributed to maintaining and promoting a place for the written and spoken word in literature.
2009 – Jeff Bezos & Amazon.com
2010 – none
2011 – Tom Schneider, Executive VP Simon Properties (Walt Whitman Mall)
2012 – none
2013 – Deborah Weber
Education & Cultural Arts Advocate – special category 2010
Education & Cultural Arts Advocates are Champions who have demonstrated outstanding support for literary, cultural and historic organizations. They have notably and extensively contributed to maintaining a place for the written work through their efforts in sustaining and preserving institutions whose mission is to promote the cultural arts.
2010 – Assemblyman Steven Englebright