- The Reason
The Founding Values Initiative is a 527 nonprofit
which supports the founding values exemplified by Gerald R. Ford. We raise
funding for awards and scholarships to support those who exemplify the values we
want to encourage and continue.
Following are the awards and the criteria by which awardees are chosen:
- Congressman Paul Henry
A man of high integrity who
demonstrated this by his actions, leading by example. He showed by example
how to maintain integrity in the political world.
Hence, he represents
the Integrity Award:
A person who exemplifies
continued commitment to principles of integrity through transparency
in public service.
Winners will be awarded scholarships to Calvin College and to Grand
Valley State University. More--
- Ambassador Peter Secchia
Heartfelt Commitment Award
A man of action and generosity. There is no doubt in anyone's mind that he gives back to our community.
He is a man who has given to the community from his heart.
the Heartfelt Commitment Award is named for him:
A community activist who through commitment and enthusiasm moves
others to action.
Winners will receive a scholarship to Cornerstone University and a gift
will be donated to Millennium Park.
- Congressman Hal Sawyer
A renowned lawyer with undeniable
respect. He took on the job of prosecuting attorney for $1, and then
raised the bar for action, fairness and the highest ethical standards.
He demanded fairness and justice for all. He then went on to become
the congressman from the 5th district to further these goals nationally.
Therefore the Justice Award is named for him:
A person who acts within the judicial system to promote respect
for a government of laws.
Winners will receive scholarships to Grand Rapids Community College
and Aquinas College. More--
- Gerald R. Ford Appreciation Award
President Ford, the 38th president of the United States, was a
man of Integrity, Heartfelt Commitment and Justice.
The Gerald R. Ford Appreciation Award is
presented only when someone has publicly demonstrated true love and
appreciation of President Gerald R. Ford and his values.
A tree will be planted at Millennium Park in honor of each award recipient.
Congressman Paul Henry Integrity Award
Sen. Bill Hardiman (2006)
Ambassador Peter Secchia Heartfelt Commitment Award
Mary Ann Keeler (2007)
Mike Jandernoa (2006)
Congressman Hal Sawyer Justice Award
Rep. Bill VanRegenmorter (2007)
Grand Rapids Police Chief Harry Dolan (2006)