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Michael Strahan and Marvin Ellison to Be Honored at the 2017 Father of the Year Awards
[June 15, 2017]

Michael Strahan and Marvin Ellison to Be Honored at the 2017 Father of the Year Awards

The National Father's Day Committee announced it will honor three exceptional men at the 76th Annual Father of the Year Awards luncheon, being held today, Thursday, June 15th, at the New York Hilton Hotel.

2017 Father of the Year Honorees:

  • Michael Strahan
    Two-time Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan is the co-host of ABC's "Good Morning America" and serves as an analyst for "Fox NFL Sunday." Mr. Strahan is also the co-host of the top-rated primetime game show favorite, "$100,000 Pyramid" on ABC, produced by his own company, SMAC Entertainment, in association with Sony Pictures Television.
  • Marvin Ellison, Chairman & CEO of JCPenney
    With more than 30 years of industry experience, Marvin Ellison is a seasoned retail executive with a proven track record of improving operations and increasing revenues. As Chairman and CEO of JCPenney, he has made significant and meaningful improvements, streamlining the Company's areas of focus in order to achieve profitability.
  • Gary Aurin, 2017 Ashok C. Sani "All-Star" Dad
    Gary Aurin is the father of 12-year-old twin boys Kyle and Brett. He is married to Trina Klossing-Aurin, and they just celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. His greatest joy is spending time with his children and supporting their development as they grow from boys into men.

Mark Shriver, Senior Vice President of Save the Children's U.S. Programs and Advocacy and President of Save the Children Action Network, will serve as Master of Ceremonies at this year's awards.

Proceeds of the luncheon will benefit Save the Children's U.S. Programs and Save the Children Action Network, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making lasting positive change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. For additional information about the event, visit

"It's a privilege to have all three of these esteemed men join us today in support of benefiting underserved children in the U.S. and to celebrate the Father's Day holiday," said Dan Orwig, Chairman of the National Father's Day Committee. "They are not only valued within their families but in their communities as well, and are well-deserving of this recognition. Thank you for everything you do and specifically your commitment to this organization. You are truly role models."

In its commitment to supporting meaningful philanthropies that deal with issues affecting fathers, mothers, and children, the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc., to date, has donated more than $30 million to meaningful charities nationwide.

Ashok Sani "All Star" Dad Award

The National Father's Day Committee, along with Esquire and the Sani Family Foundation, will also honor 2017's "All Star" Dad winner, Gary Aurin of Foothill Ranch, California. This award recognizes a special father who continuously goes above and beyond in not only his commitment to his own children, but to his community and those children needing positive role models to guide and support their growth and development.

About The National Father's Day Council, Inc.

The National Father's Day Committee is part of the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc., a non-profit organization that has as its mission the recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary fathers and mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have included Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, retail veteran Terry Lundgren, sports notables Arthur Ashe, Jim Kelly and Michael "Coach K" Krzyzewski, and communications leaders Tim Russert and Harry Smith. To learn more about The National Father's Day Council, visit our website at

About Save the Children's U.S. Programs

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more than 180,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter school ready for success. In 2016, Save the Children reached an estimated 317,000 children across the United States. For more information visit

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