Ex-Major League first baseman Mo Vaughn and Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., represent the long and the short of a Thursday ceremony in at the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.

The hefty former Boston Red Sox slugger and the “Mom in Tennis Shoes” will be feted by the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

The alliance will also honor UNITY of New Orleans for its efforts to re-house victims of Hurricane Katrina, and Virgin Mobile USA and Virgin Unite for their RE*Generation campaign. The campaign is a movement to raise awareness about homeless youth by supporting local homlessness agencies.

Murray is chair of a Senate subcommittee that oversees money going to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. She is a longtime champion of veterans benefits and has been deeply engaged in efforts to find housing for homeless vets in Seattle and other cities.

She is being given the alliance’s Public Sector Achievement Award, while Vaughn is receiving the John W. Macy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Vaughn has followed his athletic career by launching Omni New York LLC, a development firm that focuses on affordable housing and communities.

“Together, we can ensure that everyone has a place to call home,” Nan Roman, president of the alliance, said in announcing the awards.




April 21, 2010

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