The Honorable Tom Ridge Named 2014 Excellence is Ageless Gala Honoree
The Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of The Honorable Tom Ridge as the 2014 Excellence is Ageless Gala honoree. The award celebrates the spirit and vitality of individuals 55 years and older who have made significant contributions to the community through profession, service, philanthropy or leadership.
“I am honored to be receiving the Lutheran SeniorLife 2014 Excellence is Ageless Award and I look forward to joining Lutheran SeniorLife and its supporters at the Gala in April. The work Lutheran SeniorLife does for older adults is a shining example of all that is good in Pennsylvania. It is humbling to have my service recognized by Lutheran SeniorLife and I am proud to be among the ranks of such esteemed past winners,” Ridge said.
The award will be presented at the Excellence is Ageless Gala on April 25, 2014 at Heinz Field. The event raises much needed support for the benevolent care fund, which assists those residents who have outlived their financial resources.
Following the tragic events of September 11, 2001, Tom Ridge became the first Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and the first Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2003. He previously served in the U.S. House of Representatives for six terms from 1983 to 1995, and was twice elected Governor of Pennsylvania, serving from 1995 to 2001.
Secretary Ridge is currently president and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management advisory firm, headquartered in Washington, D.C. In March of this year, he co-founded, with former White House cyber czar Howard Schmidt, the strategic advisory firm Ridge Schmidt Cyber, an executive services firm that helps leaders in business and government navigate the increasing demands of cyber security.
Secretary Ridge serves on the boards of the Institute for Defense Analyses, the Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress and other private entities. He is currently chairman of SSTI’s Board of Trustees, the National Organization on Disability, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s National Security Task Force and as national co-chairman of the Flight 93 National Memorial Fundraising Campaign.
After graduating from Harvard in 1967, and attending his first year at Penn State University’s Dickinson School of Law, Ridge was drafted into the U.S. Army, where he served as an infantry staff sergeant in Vietnam, earning the Bronze Star for Valor, the Combat Infantry Badge and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry. After returning to Pennsylvania and to Dickinson, he earned his law degree.
(right): The Honorable Tom Ridge