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Save the Children Honors Sen. Robert Casey, Congressman Ted Poe, and Chris Van Hollen as Champions for Children

Applauded for their leadership and extraordinary commitment to children around the world, Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Ted Poe, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen were honored this week with Save the Children's 2012 Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award.

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WESTPORT, Conn. (March 23, 2012) ó Applauded for their leadership and extraordinary commitment to children around the world, Senator Robert Casey, Congressman Ted Poe, and Congressman Chris Van Hollen were honored this week with Save the Children's 2012 Congressional Champion for Real and Lasting Change Award.

"We honor Van Hollen, Casey and Poe for their consistent support and leadership in shaping a peaceful and prosperous world where children are better able to reach their full potential. Their unwavering commitment and dynamic leadership initiatives only strengthen our organization's will to bring global stability to children everywhere," said Carolyn Miles, Save the Children President and CEO.

Each year, as part of Save the Children's Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, the agency recognizes select congressional leaders for their outstanding work in helping children in need both at home and around the globe. Miles presented the three recipients with the award at the opening reception for the 2012 Advocacy Summit on Tuesday.

"I am honored and humbled to receive this distinction from Save the Children," said Senator Casey. "I commend Save the Children's tireless efforts to build support for the initiatives I have championed in the Senate, from increasing access to early learning programs to ensuring that all children have the healthy food they need to fuel their learning. The future of our nation rests in our ability to give every child the opportunity to succeed, and I will continue to fight on their behalf."

"It's an honor to receive this award from an outstanding group like Save the Children, whose work helps millions of American children each year. They are on the front lines of working to break the cycle of childhood poverty and improve the lives of future generations," said Congressman Van Hollen. "The Congress must give our children and grandchildren the best chance for success ñ investing in their future is truly in the best interest of our entire county."

Miles praised the awardees for being "dynamic partners Ö with their legislative initiatives and dedication to seeing funding for the international affairs budget realized." In addition, the organization lauded the recipients for their outstanding efforts to safeguard and promote effective and efficient programming for the most vulnerable children and families around the world.

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