David Clark wanted to enable American cities to honor hometown heroes and raise funds and awareness for local charities.
Clark creates the “Red White & Blue Awards,” which are designed to be presented by cities to hometown heroes who never wavered in support of their towns and their local charities. Presenting a Red White & Blue Award gives cities the chance to say “thank you” to those homegrown greats who never forgot where they came from.
“Everyone knows that the City of Asbury Park is Bruce’s adopted town. Whenever we ask him to come to the plate for the city he hits a home run every time. On behalf of the City of Asbury Park we are honored to bestow the inaugural Red White & Blue Award to the Boss for his unyielding support of the city and its people.” – Deputy Mayor Bruno
The 2004 Red White & Blue Award & Concert, kicked off the 30th anniversary of The Stone Pony Nightclub in Asbury Park, where it all began for Bruce, with the debut of his album “Greetings from Asbury Park New Jersey.”
As part of the Red White & Blue Weekend, Clarence Clemons of the E Street Band, Robert Randolph and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes took the stage. The 4th of July morning started with the Red White & Blue Parade, and a daylong family festival in front of Convention Hall, which included a carnival featuring local food and drink and an amusement park for children. At the end of the concert, a dazzling fireworks display in front of The Stone Pony lit up the night.
The 2005 Red White & Blue Award was presented to NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson, who was honored for his unwavering support of Cincinnati for over four decades. An Olympic Champion, Oscar is one of the most enduringly popular and respected athletes in the history of sports.
Regarded as the greatest college basketball player of all time, The National Association of Basketball Coaches voted him “Player of the Century.” He has also distinguished himself as a labor leader, an entrepreneur and a community activist.
“The Big O” tribute film presented at the Red, White & Blue Awards
Oscar’s boyhood hero Marques Haynes of the Harlem Globetrotters presented the Red White & Blue Award to Oscar, and Multi-platinum artist Brian McKnight performed a benefit concert at the historic Taft Theater in downtown Cincinnati. Since Robertson donated a kidney to his daughter Tia in 1997, he chose the National Kidney Foundation as the event beneficiary.
The 2006 Red White & Blue Award was presented to Doug Flutie, a legendary athlete, community leader and philanthropist, by the city of Boston, for his unyielding support of the city and its charities.
New England’s Doug Flutie announced on Patriots Day the end of a professional football career that spanned 21 years. Flutie, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Boston College, retires as one of the best-loved sports figures in the region. His Hail Mary touchdown pass that gave Boston College an improbable Black Friday victory over Miami in 1984 remains one of the most iconic plays in football history.
The legendary band Boston reunited for the Red White & Blue concert, and performed a few songs with Keith Lockhart & The Boston Pops at Symphony Hall.
The event beneficiary was the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism was established by Doug Flutie and his wife, Laurie, in honor of their son, Doug, Jr. who was diagnosed with autism at the age of three. The Foundation’s mission is to aid financially disadvantaged families who need assistance in caring for their children with autism; to fund education and research into the causes and consequences of childhood autism; and to serve as a clearinghouse and communications center for new programs and services developed for individuals with autism.