Today, American Express announced that the Old North Foundation will recognize Kenneth Chenault, American Express Chairman and CEO, with its Third Lantern Award for individual commitment and dedication to public service. The Foundation is honoring Chenault and American Express for their significant contributions to the preservation efforts of many significant monuments and landmark structures, including the steeple of the Old North Church.
The Old North Foundation, a non-profit organization responsible for operating the Old North Church historic site, will present the Third Lantern Award to Chenault at 7 p.m. on Monday, November 15 in the historic sanctuary of the Old North Church. A reception honoring Chenault will begin at 6 p.m. The presentation will include a performance by the Old North Chamber Choir. The Old North Church is located at 193 Salem Street in Boston.
"We are pleased to award Mr. Chenault the highest honor our foundation can bestow," said Robin Tauck, Board Member of the Old North Foundation. "The Third Lantern Award has historically recognized our nation's foremost leaders. Mr. Chenault, along with American Express, has a long history of supporting the preservation of historic buildings and monuments and, in turn, the communities to which these landmarks belong."
Chenault joins a long list of prestigious Third Lantern Award recipients, including President Clinton, U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, former Boston Mayor Kevin H. White and Boston Red Sox CEO Larry Lucchino.
In 2006, American Express launched the Partners in Preservation program along with the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The national effort focused on engaging individual communities and bringing public visibility to the need for preservation of America's cultural and historic assets. In Boston, American Express has supported sites as diverse as the Museum of African American History, Lowell's Boat Shop, the Vilna Shul, Salem Old Town Hall and the Paragon Carousel, as well as the Old North Church.
The Old North Foundation is the secular, non-profit organization responsible for operating the Old North Church historic site that welcomes more than 500,000 visitors yearly. Under the Old North Foundation's leadership, admission to the Old North Church remains free and open to all visitors.
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