HONOLULU – Senator Mike and Carol Gabbard were awarded America’s Legislator Parents of the Year 2016 during the 22nd Annual National Parents’ Day Award Ceremony Banquet on Friday, August 5th, at The Arbor Ballroom of The Washington Times, in Washington, D.C., where over 250 people gathered to honor finalists and recipients of the National Parents of the Year Award.
The banquet was sponsored by the National Parents Day Coalition, including the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification USA (FFWPU USA), the Universal Peace Federation (UPF USA), the American Clergy Leadership Conference (ACLC), the Women’s Federation for World Peace (WFWP USA), and The Washington Times Foundation.
The top twelve National Parents’ awardees, along with the winner of the National Parents of the Year award, came from a diverse range of religious and ethnic backgrounds from across the nation. Many brought their children and grandchildren, and were celebrated together, as exemplary families with parents who have demonstrated sacrifice, love and virtue in raising their children and community.
Parents’ Day celebrates not only those outstanding parents who have given sacrificially of their time, financial and emotional resources, but all parents who have invested their love in their family role as a father and mother.
National Parents’ Day became law in 1994 with bi-partisan sponsorship, introduced by Congressmen Dan Burton (R-IN) and Floyd Flake (D-NY) and signed into law by President Bill Clinton, establishing the fourth Sunday of July as a recurring and perennial day of commemoration. Since then, churches, places of worship and community groups across the country have held annual activities designed to celebrate and strengthen families and to honor the outstanding parents in their communities.
State Senator Mike Gabbard has represented District 20 (West Oahu) since 2006. He served as Chair of the Senate Energy and Environment Committee from 2009 to May 2015 and is currently Chair of the Water, Land, and Agriculture Committee and Vice Chair of the Transportation and Energy Committee. He served as Honolulu City Councilman for District 1 (West Oahu) from 2003-2005. His daughter, Tulsi Gabbard, represents Hawai`i Congressional District 2 in the U.S. House.
Carol Porter Gabbard was born in Indiana and grew up in Michigan. She married Mike in 1968. They have 5 children and 8 grand kids. Carol served on the Hawai`i State Board of Education from 2000-2004. Carol and Mike own and operate a small family business, Hawaiian Toffee Treasures, what many people say is the best English toffee in the world.