Kevin Fay Honored with James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award
Kevin Fay, a prominent Washington businessman and founder of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's (LLS's) Congressional Honors Program, today was named the recipient of the James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award for 2012. Mr. Fay, a long time advocate for increased funding for leukemia research and 15-year Leukemia Ball Executive Committee member, has helped raise more than $3 million dollars through private donations and attendance at the Balls.
In 2001, Mr. Fay founded LLS's Congressional Honors Program to advance blood cancer advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill. He raised significant awareness of LLS's mission by educating Members of Congress on the need for additional funding for blood cancer research and providing updates to Members on research advancements to underscore the effectiveness of research dollars.
"Mr. Fay has demonstrated extraordinary service in his advocacy and commitment to LLS?s mission to cure blood cancer and improve the lives of patients and their families," said Gabrielle Urquhart, Executive Director of the National Capital Area Chapter. "It is fitting that he be the first recipient of the James L. Eichberg Lifetime Achievement Award, established in memory of Jim Eichberg, an avid supporter of LLS who made service to others an integral part of his daily life".
Fay will be formally presented the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2012 Leukemia Ball, which will be held on March 31, 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award named for Jim Eichberg. He was an outstanding citizen and a model of volunteerism," said Kevin Fay. "Jim was an inspiration to all of us who worked with him on the Leukemia Ball as he battled myelodysplastic syndrome. He eventually succumbed to this blood cancer; that has only reinforced my commitment to doing whatever I can to help find a cure."
In addition to his service to LLS, Mr. Fay has been active in community service organizations, contributing his time and dedication. Since 2003, he has served as a member of the Board of the Fairfax County Park Authority, and currently as Chairman of both the Board's Planning & Development Committee and Strategic Planning Committee. He is the immediate Past Chairman of the Board of Governors of Bishop O'Connell High School, having served as Chairman from 2006 through 2011.
Mr. Fay has helped raise millions of dollars on behalf of schools, churches, youth sports leagues and other charitable organizations throughout the Washington D.C. area and beyond, including St. Patrick's Foundation, The World?s Children's Choir, and McLean Little League. He has been honored for his community service by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, the McLean Times and the Providence Journal, The Home Plate Club of Washington D.C., and the Catholic Business Network of Northern Virginia.
Kevin Fay is the President of Alcalde & Fay, a prominent public and government affairs firm headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, where he specializes in domestic and international energy and environment policy. He resides in McLean, VA with his wife Nancy. They have four adult children and two grandchildren.