WASHINGTON, DC - Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) has been recognized by The Century Council, a national not-for-profit organization funded by distillers, for her outstanding commitment to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking. Congresswoman Schakowsky was one of 21 Members of Congress to be honored for her ongoing dedication.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Association, there were 11,773 alcohol-impaired traffic fatalities in 2008, with 5,174 of them being persons between the ages of 12 and 20. Understanding the scope of this national epidemic, this year’s award recipients joined The Century Council to help educate youth and their parents from middle school through college-aged students about responsible decision-making concerning beverage alcohol.
In June of 2009, Congresswoman Schakowsky provided leadership and support for The Century Council’s Ask, Listen, Learn initiative on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Ask, Listen, Learn program recognizes that the key to stopping underage drinking is communication between parents and children, and it encourages parents to talk with their children early and often about the dangers and risks associated with underage drinking. At the Capitol Hill event, The Century Council partnered with Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor and NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison to promote youth living a healthy and active lifestyle and remaining alcohol-free.
The Century Council is a not-for-profit organization funded by distillers including Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wines, Inc., Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Through legislation, education, and public awareness campaigns, The Century Council promotes responsible decision-making regarding beverage alcohol, focusing on drunk driving and underage drinking. Since 1991, the companies that fund The Century Council have invested more than $175 million in its programs.
Contact: Jessica Lepak
The Century Council