(STONINGTON, Conn.) — The Coast Guard Foundation, a nonprofit organization committed to the education and welfare of all Coast Guard members and their families, announced Tuesday that its 2017 Guardian Award will be presented to ConocoPhillips, a Houston-based oil and natural gas producing company, at the foundation’s Tribute to the Coast Guard event on May 24 in Houston. Accepting the award will be Ryan Lance, chairman and CEO of ConocoPhillips.
The Coast Guard Foundation’s Guardian Award recognizes individuals, companies and organizations that have provided significant support or have demonstrated exemplary commitment to the Coast Guard Foundation, U.S. Coast Guard personnel and families, or to other service members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Given once a year, the Coast Guard Foundation Guardian Award is the foundation’s premier national recognition.
“It is an honor to receive the 2017 Guardian Award from the distinguished leadership of the Coast Guard Foundation and to join with so many others to pay tribute to the men and women of the United States Coast Guard,” said Lance. “I consider it a privilege to accept this recognition on behalf of the employees of ConocoPhillips and I know that they believe in this cause just as much as I do.”
For more than 20 years, ConocoPhillips has been a leading advocate of the Coast Guard Foundation’s most important strategic initiatives. ConocoPhillips’ support has been critical for the Foundation’s education, morale and relief programs. The company has supported the Coast Guard Foundation’s Scholarship Fund, which provides college scholarships to Coast Guard children, and has provided significant contributions to the Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund, which gave three full scholarships in 2016 to children who lost a parent in the line of duty.
“It is so rare to find those who align themselves toward a common good like the people of ConocoPhillips do daily,” said Susan Ludwig, president of the Coast Guard Foundation. “We are grateful for their long-standing and steadfast commitment to the Coast Guard Foundation and the dedication of the entire organization to our efforts to support the Coast Guard and its members.”
To learn more about the Coast Guard Foundation or to help support its work, visit www.coastguardfoundation.org or call (860) 535-0786.