KANSAS CITY, Mo. (June 17, 2014) – On June 7, Kansas City’s National Center for Fathering (NCF) held its 20th annual Father of the Year Celebration honoring championship fathers and father figures in Minnesota at Target Field in Minneapolis.
NCF believes in honoring not only biological fathers, but father figures as well. The center was proud to have two step fathers and a grandfather in the mix of the top 11 finalists for the Peter J. Pokes Championship Fathering Award. While all the fathers and father figures walked away surely feeling a sense of pride, Perry Thinesen, nominated by his daughter Katrina, received the official title of “Minnesota Father of the Year”. He accepted NCF’s award on the field before enjoying watching the Twins win against the Astros with his family and the rest of the celebration attendees.
Thinesen’s daughter, Katrina, surprised him with her winning essay on his birthday. “What a tremendous birthday present it was for me as she read aloud the essay to me. I was overwhelmed by the kind and loving words my daughter wrote about me! It literally put tears in my eyes. You always know the love is there but to hear it expressed in such a heartfelt way was very moving for me. It was definitely one of the best birthday gifts I have ever received!” said Thinesen. He went on to say “I truly appreciate the honor and I love what the National Center for Fathering stands for.”
The contest starts with a student essay contest in schools (grades 1-12). The “What My Father Means To Me” essay contest was designed by NCF to raise awareness about the importance of fathers and father figures. Volunteers read the submitted essays and select four runners up and a first place winner for each grade. The fathers of those 60 finalists are then asked to complete a questionnaire and eleven of those fathers were selected for a telephone interview. Those eleven fathers and father figures were honored at the Father of the Year celebration.
NCF also has a Father of the Year Celebration in partnership with the Kansas City Royals and would like to congratulate Steve Huff, nominated by his son Braxton, on being named Father of the Year for the Kansas City area.
The National Center for Fathering (www.fathers.com) is a national nonprofit organization that offers innovative tools and resources that inspire and equip fathers to be more involved with their children in order to give each child a better future and to create a positive fathering legacy. NCF distinguishes itself by being the only organization that offers a simple framework for fathering including unique male-engagement programs, training, curricula and a resource-rich website. NCF also has widely-implemented programming such as WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students), a one-of-a-kind school based father involvement program that works to support education and safety.
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