This spring former president Bill Clinton will be honored as 2013’s “Father of the Year” at a luncheon in New York City.
The Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc., has been handing out the awards for 72 years. In the past, the award has been given to other political players like Michael Bloomberg, Rudy Giuliani, Al Gore and John Edwards.
Other noteworthy nods over the years: Shaquille O’Neal, Bob “Captain Kangaroo” Keeshan and Frank Sinatra.
Clinton was chosen by a committee who looks for “contemporary lifestyle leaders of our culture” to honor each year.
Clinton and his wife Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton have one daughter, Chelsea, who turns 33 in February.
The luncheon also serves a philanthropic purpose each year. This time it will benefit Save the Children programs in the United States.