ARLINGTON, VA – Since its inception in 1991, The Century Council has been steadfast in its mission to fight drunk driving and underage drinking. While much progress has been made by attacking these problems head on, it is also important to examine these issues in a larger cultural context. The Century Council is proud to be celebrating its 20th Anniversary and recognizes that the past 20 years could not have been a success without the support of remarkable individuals who encourage health, wellness, and a commitment to eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking.
As part of the 20th Anniversary celebration, The Century Council will honor 20 People to Watch. These twenty people have distinguished themselves through their leadership, ideas and commitment to the health and safety of our nation and the idea of a brighter future for America’s young people. Young or old, established in their chosen professions, or just starting out, these twenty people are ones we are excited to follow in the future.
Kelly Ayotte, currently a U.S. Senator from the state of New Hampshire is one of the Council’s distinguished 20 People to Watch. She previously served as New Hampshire’s Attorney General from 2004 through 2009. During her time serving as the Granite State’s top law enforcement official, Senator Ayotte hosted some of The Century Council’s programs, such as Girl Talk: Choices and Consequences of Underage Drinking and she has taped public service announcements aimed at decreasing underage drinking in New Hampshire.
“Parents are the most important people in a child’s life, particularly when it comes to underage drinking. As parents we owe a duty to make sure that our children are not engaging in underage drinking—that we aren’t enabling them to do that because it is bad for their health and creates dangerous situations. A parent’s role is to be a role model,” said Senator Ayotte.
“While several leaders come to mind, Senator Ayotte is an individual who has shown a true passion for eliminating drunk driving and underage drinking. As one of our 20 People to Watch, Senator Ayotte, while she was the New Hampshire Attorney General, had a great impact on New Hampshire’s youth over the effects of underage drinking and we look forward to working with her in her new role as a United States Senator,” said Ralph Blackman, President and CEO of The Century Council.
The Century Council is proud to celebrate the innovative contributions it has made over 20 years and can attribute our success to the support, encouragement and commitment of people like Senator Ayotte. The Century Council looks forward to continued progress in the fight against drunk driving, underage drinking and a safer and healthier America. Individuals who are making a difference will help all Americans move towards this goal.
About The Century Council
The Century Council is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to fighting drunk driving and underage drinking and is funded by the following distillers: Bacardi U.S.A., Inc.; Beam Global Spirits & Wine, Inc.; Brown-Forman; Constellation Brands, Inc.; DIAGEO; Hood River Distillers, Inc.; Pernod Ricard USA; and Sidney Frank Importing Co., Inc. Headquartered in Arlington, Virginia and chaired by Hon. Susan Molinari, The Century Council is a leader in the fight to eliminate drunk driving and underage drinking and promotes responsible decision making regarding beverage alcohol. The Century Council develops and implements innovative programs and public awareness campaigns and promotes action through strategic partnerships. Established in 1991, The Century Council’s initiatives are highlighted on its website at www.centurycouncil.org.
Darron Moffatt, The Century Council
MoffattD@centurycouncil.org; (202) 637-0077