Two of Richmond’s strongest advocates for children, families, education and health recently met in Washington D.C. where For Richmond’s chairman
Don Lau presented 20-term Congressman George Miller with a career achievement award.
Don Lau, Executive Vice President of YMCA of the East Bay, flew to Washington last week to honor Congressman Miller with the YMCA of the USA’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” for his decades of service championing health and education initiatives and for his support of the YMCA. Miller will be retiring after 40 years of faithfully representing Richmond and surrounding cities in Congress.
“Congressman Miller has been a longtime champion of children and a friend to families. He has always been there for his community, the Y and the nation,” Lau said. “We are fortunate to have elected officials like Representative Miller who share our passions.”
Despite leaving Congress soon, Congressman Miller remains the lead sponsor of the recent Strong Start for America’s Children Act, which gives low and moderate-income families in communities such as Richmond access to high quality pre-K programs to ensure kindergarten readiness. Research has shown early-childhood education to be an important indicator of future educational success.
During the ceremony, Lau highlighted Miller’s support of the “Strong Start” act as another example of his commitment to improving the lives of youth in Richmond and across the nation.
For Richmond joins Lau in recognizing Congressman Miller for his contributions to the East Bay community, and congratulates Lau for being selected to deliver this prestigious honor.