FATHER OF THE YEAR
Earning Kudos For Raising
With Unconditional Love
CORREA wrote an
elegant, heartfelt essay to the National Father’s Day Committee.
The chairman, Glen Schanen, who is vice president of
menswear at Macy’s, was moved.
She described the sacrifices her
father made in raising two daughters. She and her sister,
Alexa, suffered terribly from an abusive mother in a poverty
stricken home. After the inevitable divorce, her father
Andrew took custody and raised his daughters with love and
His second wife Luz gave him a
daughter, Brittany. Andrew worked nights so he could be
home during the day to raise the three girls while his new wife
worked. He cooked, shopped, helped with homework, and made sure
to always be there for his children and wife.
Stephanie, 25, just graduated from St.
John’s University law school and is studying for the bar. "I
couldn’t have done it without the help of my father," she wrote.
Her essay resulted in her father being
named All-Star Dad at the 69th Father of the Year
Awards luncheon at the New York Sheraton. It was also the 100th
anniversary of Father’s Day.
Jane Hanson, co-host of LX New
York on NBC, served as emcee of the program which honored five
men as Father of the Year. Each man had advice on raising your
Capt. Scott Smiley, a Ranger
and combat-diver qualified infantryman, U.S. Army. What he tries
to instill in his two boys, he said, is love, respect and
patience, which he learned from his own father.
Five years ago Scotty lost the use of
both eyes when a suicide car bomber blew himself up in front of
Scotty’s Stryker vehicle. Being blind did not hold him back from
surfing in Hawaii, skiing in Vail, skydiving, and earning an MBA
at Duke. He is the Army’s first blind company commander.
Army Times named him Soldier of
the Year. In a video message Gen. David Petraeus,
head of the United States Central Command, said he never wanted
to be soldier of the year "but I absolutely wanted to be dad of
the year." He hailed Scotty’s perseverance as "nothing short of
Francis "Ken" Duane, vice chairman
of wholesale apparel at Phillips-Van Heusen, couldn’t find a
manual on raising children, but he succeeded in raising four
children with his wife Jincie in New Canaan, Conn. "There
is no love like a father for his children," he said. "It is
His mom, 90 years old, came to the
luncheon to cheer her son. "I can’t stay too long," she said." I
have to get back to American Idol."
David Gregory, moderator of NBC’s
Meet the Press, said he’s given up the notion that his kids
think he’s cool. What he’d like to hear from his children are:
"My dad understands me, and really listens to me."
Michael Fascitelli, president/CEO
of Vornado Realty Trust, has three sons and finds that nothing
he does seems to be right. "You just need patience," he said.
When Jorge Rafael de Posada,
catcher for the world champion New York Yankees, came up to
accept his award, Jane Hanson complimented on looking good out
of uniform. "You look good in a suit too," he countered.