Tony Bennett and his wife, Susan Benedetto, have been awarded the George Washington University President’s Medal for their work in the arts!
According to Look To The Stars, the university’s president Steven Knapp honored Tony and Susan in a special ceremony at GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts and Design on July 30. The ceremony featured an exclusive one-night-only exhibit of 18 pieces of Tony’s own artwork, including a sculpture of Harry Belafonte, as well as paintings of Duke Ellington and Central Park.
The George Washington University President’s Medal is given to extraordinary individuals who have exhibited courage, character and leadership in their fields and who exemplify the ability of all human beings to improve the lives of others.
“It’s a particular pleasure to recognize the contributions of Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto to arts education at the home of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, one of the most iconic buildings in our nation’s capital,” said President Knapp.
“I could never dream of anything this beautiful happening to me. After years of work and wondering where it is all going to end up, this is a great experience in my life,” Tony said as he accepted his award.
Tony and Susan have been promoting the importance of arts education in America for quite some time. In 1999, the couple founded the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, NY, as well as the nonprofit arts education organization Exploring The Arts. Together, and individually, Tony and Susan’s humanitarian work continues to this day.
Congratulations to them on this great honor!
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