The Lifetime Achievement in Character Award recognizes an individual who has made a major contribution to the character community.

Lifetime Achievement in Character Award

George WeissGeorge Weiss receives the 2017 Lifetime Achievement in Character Award
This is the first time we are presenting this award to someone who has demonstrated a tremendous dedication to helping others and exemplified character through his work.

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George Weiss is the CEO of Weiss Multi-Strategy Advisers and serves as chairman of Say Yes To Education, Inc., a national non-profit organization committed to opening access to post-secondary education for high poverty youth. Mr. Weiss believes that access to post-secondary education can truly change lives, especially for students facing enormous social and financial challenges. To this end, he created the Say Yes to Education foundation in 1987 with a promise to pay the full costs of college or vocational training for 112 students at the Belmont Elementary School, located in one of Philadelphia’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods. Since then, the Say Yes program has grown to include more than 130,000 public school students, community-wide, in the upstate New York cities of Syracuse and Buffalo, as well as Guilford County (Greensboro-High Point), North Carolina. Mr. Weiss is also the founder of the Orphan Disease Pathway Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and effective treatments for rare diseases.

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