King Center to Honor Howard G. Buffett and TIAA-CREF Corporation with 2016 Salute to Greatness Award


 ATLANTA (December 3, 2015)- The King Center will recognize Howard G. Buffett for his extraordinary work to improve the standard of living and quality of life for the world's most impoverished and marginalized populations, by presenting him with one of the Center’s highest honors, the Salute to Greatness Awards. The award will be given during the Annual Salute to Greatness Awards gala. “The King Center is honored to recognize an individual and a corporation that reflectsexcellence in leadership and a commitment to social responsibility in the spirit of my father,” stated King Center CEO, Dr. Bernice A. King.  The gala is the primary fundraiser for the Center and is open to the public. It will take place on Saturday, January 16, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. in Atlanta’s Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The 2016 Salute To Greatness corporate award will be presented to TIAA-CREF for their exceptional philanthropic efforts, dedication to diversity in the workplace, and commitment to education. This includes the outstanding service that their employees provide through their Employee Giving Campaign. Mr. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr., President and CEO of TIAA-CREF, will accept the award.

The King Center will also present two Coretta Scott King A.N.G.E.L. (“Advancing Nonviolence through Generations of Exceptional Leadership”) Awards at the dinner. This award annually recognizes a young leader (ages 12-25) and a youth organization/initiative that exemplifies exceptional leadership in the areas of peace, social justice, and nonviolent social change. The 2016 youth recipient will be Maya Penn, founder of Maya’s Ideas, for her passion and commitment to education, bridging the digital divide, focus on environmental preservation, and genuine concern for humanity. The award recipient for the youth initiative is Sojourn to the Past, established by Mr. Jeff Steinberg.  This initiative was selected because of its commitment to educating and empowering young people to gain a greater understanding and knowledge of the impact and importance of the civil rights movement in this country. One of many examples comes from the Ohio students of "Sojourn to the Past". Their efforts effectively advocated and secured passage of a law creating Nonviolence Week in Ohio. 

A special award will be given to My Brother’s Keeper Task Force, a signature White House initiative of President Barack Obama, for their commitment to address persistent opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color and ensure that all young people can reach their full potential. This includes efforts to collaborate with cities and towns, businesses, and foundations who are taking important steps to connect young people to mentoring, support networks, and the skills they need to find a good job or go to college and work their way into the middle class.  Mr. Broderick Johnson, chair, assistant to the President and cabinet secretary, will accept the award.  


“Our nation has dynamic and creative philanthropic projects, those being honored are a powerful example of how focusing humanitarian efforts, in a single geographic location, helps to transform lives,” stated Dr. King.  Information concerning individual tickets and sponsorship opportunities for the Salute to Greatness Awards Gala is available on The King Center’s website at or you may call 404.526.8911 for further details. Also, please reach out to The King Center if you are interested in learning more about our educational and training initiatives.