The 2015 Golden Mike Award went to NAB President/CEO Gordon Smtih at the event which was attended by more than 250 broadcast execs.
More importantly, the BFA mission was forwarded by $250,000, the amount raised at the event.
BFA said, “The evening was hosted by CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms. The presenters were Jeff Smulyan, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, and David Barrett, Director of Hearst Corporation.
“Kari Clark accepted a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, the legendary TV and radio personality Dick Clark. This was the first time the Broadcasters Foundation has given a Lifetime Achievement Award. Going forward, it will be awarded annually and be known as The Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of the iconic broadcaster and entertainer.”
Describing its mission, BFA stated, “The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to thousands of broadcasters and their families who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. Individual membership is only $150 a year and can make a difference in the life of a colleague who has fallen on desperate times. Donations can be made as a personal gift to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative. In addition, a bequest may be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society.”