The Muscular Dystrophy Association awarded its highest philanthropic achievement honor, the MDA Directors’ Award, to young singing sensation Billy Gilman.
MDA Chairman of the Board Dr. Rodney Howell presented the award to Gilman at the winter meeting of MDA’s Board of Directors in New York.
Chairman of the Board R. Rodney Howell presents Gilman with the MDA Director's Award.
The award honors people and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to MDA’s battle against muscular dystrophy in the areas of corporate and organizational sponsorship, media and entertainment industry support, and personal fundraising.
Howell praised Gilman for being listed by the “Guinness Book of World Records” as the youngest performer to record a number-one country hit. Gilman has recorded six CDs that have sold a total of more than five million copies, and earned nominations and awards from the Grammys, the Academy of Country Music and the American Music Awards.
Since 2003, Gilman has served as MDA’s National Youth Chairman, traveling the country motivating young people to get involved in the fight against muscular dystrophy. Howell noted, “Not surprisingly, Billy was recognized for his philanthropic endeavors by ‘Teen’ magazine as one of 10 teens making a difference in the world.”
MDA is a national voluntary health agency working to defeat more than 40 neuromuscular diseases through programs of worldwide research, comprehensive services and far-reaching professional and public health education. The Association’s programs are funded almost entirely by individual private contributors.