• November 2003
  • Vol. 4, No. 9

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Bruce Willis Receives National Angel in Adoption Award

The Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute (CCAI) honored Bruce Willis with a National Angel in Adoption Award at its annual gala on September 30, 2003, in Washington, DC. The actor was recognized for his service as the National Spokesperson for Children in Foster Care.

In the event program, CCAI commended Willis for his willingness to "use his celebrity status to reach out to the private and public sectors to seek support and solutions for the more than 500,000 children in the United States foster care system."

Since being named the National Spokesperson by President George W. Bush, Willis has helped raise adoption awareness on a national level by participating in a number of events to support foster children, including the rollout of the AdoptUSKids website last year and National Adoption Day 2002, when the adoptions of more than 1,400 foster children were finalized. He also created and distributed three public service announcements featuring Jamie Foxx and the stars of Charlie's Angels, Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu.

In June 2003, Willis traveled to Washington, DC, for a meeting and press conference with the bipartisan leadership of the United States Senate, asking Members of Congress to come together to improve the lives of children in the foster care system. Following the press conference, Willis hosted a special screening of Rugrats Go Wild at Union Station for foster children from DC, Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

CCAI's Angels in Adoption program raises congressional awareness about the thousands of children in foster care in this country by providing an opportunity for Members of Congress to recognize and honor the good work of their constituents who have enriched the lives of children through adoption. Since the program's inception in 1999, Members of Congress have awarded nearly 600 congressional Angels in Adoption awards from all 50 States. Along with Willis, Muhammad and Lonnie Ali also received National Angels in Adoption Awards at this year's banquet.

For more information, visit the CCAI website at www.ccainstitute.org/index.php.

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