Real Men Charities Launches President Obama’s “Strong Fathers” Initiative and Presents Fatherhood Award to President

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Real Men Charities, Inc. today announced that it will launch President Obama’s “A Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families” at the opening ceremony of Real Men Cook® (http://www.realmencook.com), on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011, 1:30 p. m., at Chicago State University, 95th and King Drive.

"Far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and our families and communities are challenged as a result,” said President Obama.

Real Men Charities, Inc. today announced that it will launch President Obama’s “A Year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families” at the opening ceremony of Real Men Cook® (http://www.realmencook.com), on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011, 1:30 p. m., at Chicago State University, 95th and King Drive. The organization also is presenting its first Father of the Year Award to the President, who has previously participated in Real Men Cook Father’s Day events and attended with his family. The White House has agreed to accept the award.

“Father’s Day reminds us parents that we have no more solemn obligation than to care for our children. But far too many young people in America grow up without their dads, and our families and communities are challenged as a result,” said President Obama. “Through my administration’s fatherhood initiative and the year of Strong Fathers, Strong Families, we’re taking steps to offer men who want to be good fathers a little extra help, while working with partners around the country to encourage personal responsibility and help fathers connect with kids.”

The President’s initiative supports all families, and affirms the central role of mothers in the lives of our children, especially those who have stepped up to the plate when dads haven't been around. The campaign urges concerned Americans to visit http://www.fatherhood.gov and sign the pledge to support strong fathers and strong families.

Real Men Charities, Inc. is a part of the White House national fatherhood leadership group and is the nonprofit sponsor of the Real Men Cook, the nation’s largest urban family celebration. This is the 22nd anniversary of the food-sampling event, which promotes responsible fatherhood.

In 2005, the President wrote the foreword to the Real Men Cookbook, stating that he and his wife, Michelle, considered Real Men Cook "a fun and delicious way to celebrate Father's Day... more than a food fest... a celebration of family and community... a chance to meet the hearts of the great men" behind the dishes.

In addition to the Real Men Cook signature event, Real Men Charities sponsors several other programs throughout the year to strengthen families and support wellness, including: Real Men Cook with Kids; Gimme Five, which supports men in establishing five healthy habits to strengthen their bodies to fight diseases such as cancer and create a social environment that reduces stress; Real Men Charities Kids Carnival and Pumpkin Carving. The organization has a proven track record in health education and prevention against illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, cancer and HIV/AIDS.

Real Men Cook opens to the public at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets can be purchased—$20 for adults, $10 for children ($5 additional at the event)—online at http://www.realmencook.com, at the Southside YMCA, 6330 S. Stony Island and the Community Mental Health Council, 8704 S. Constance Avenue. To date, more than $1 million has been raised for a variety of non-profit organizations through Real Men Cook events nationwide.

About Real Men Charities, Inc.
Real Men Charities, Inc. is the national not-for-profit organization that presents the Real Men Cook® events. Funds are used to build and continue programs to honor fathers and father figures, to empower families and perpetuate the memory and spirit of Karega Kofi Moyo and Yvette Moyo Gillard, who founded the annual Father's Day event. This is done by the encouragement and promotion of education through voluntary grants, by scholarships or otherwise to individuals, institutions, and organizations.

The organization’s mission is to positively improve the way the world celebrates family and community by increasing the proportion of opportunities for committed and detached males to become involved, responsible, and committed fathers for the good of all communities, families and youth. We accomplish our mission through educating and inspiring all people, through public awareness campaigns, research, and other screening; equipping and developing leaders of national, state, and community male, youth, and family initiatives through curricula, training, and technical assistance; engaging every sector of society through strategic alliances and partnerships; promoting public health; mental, physical, emotional, and economic, by disseminating medical information to the general public without charge—including healthy cooking, fitness, and lifestyle and strengthening the universal institution of family and encourage parents to Practice Family First in their lives.

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