The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & The Military Family recognizes outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to our nation’s veterans and military families.
The Lincoln Awards partnered with nearly fifty veteran and government organizations - including the US Department of Veteran Affairs, the Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the National Military Medical Center - to distribute free tickets to active-duty service members, veterans and wounded warriors, along with their caregivers and family members.
On January 7th, 2015 The Lincoln Awards honored its ten inaugural Recipients with a special concert at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall, which was packaged for national primetime broadcast on PBS and the Armed Forces Network over Memorial Day Weekend.
It was an exciting, celebratory night in honor of our veterans and their supporters, including appearances from First Lady Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden, Bruce Springsteen, The American Military Spouses Choir, Alec Baldwin, Jon Bernthal, Aloe Blacc, Whitney Cummings, Gavin DeGraw, Rhiannon Giddens, Nick Jonas, Miss America Kira Kazantsev, Harvey Keitel, Jerry Lewis, The Lone Bellow, JR Martinez, Gregory Porter, Rob Riggle and Arturo Sandoval.
The Lincoln Awards is named in honor of President Abraham Lincoln, whose second inaugural address laid the groundwork for The US Department of Veterans Affairs:
“With malice toward none, with charity for all, with firmness in the right as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in, to bind up the nation’s wounds, to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan, to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and with all nations.”
The Lincoln Awards was created by Michael Gyure, Michael B. Matuza, Cappy McGarr, Tommy Sowers.
The 2015 Lincoln Awards were presented by The Friars Club through its Foundation.
The Lincoln Awards: A Concert for Veterans & the Military Family is produced by MBM Entertainment and Cappy Productions.
“No, not every American wears the uniform,
but every American can rally around those who have.
That’s what the Lincoln Awards celebrate”
Dr. Jill Biden
2015 Lincoln Awards