What Is Father of the Year?

The Father of the Year Award Dinners are hosted in 30 cities across the country as a result of a longstanding partnership between the American Diabetes Association (ADA) and the Father’s Day Council. In each city, local councils are comprised of volunteer community leaders who strive to heighten the meaning of fatherhood, while raising funds for the American Diabetes Association.

The purpose of this award is to recognize men who have made family a priority, while balancing a demanding career and community involvement. Awardees are selected because their peers and family recognize them as a role model father. Some past honorees have included Gen. Douglas MacArthur in 1942, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Robert F. Kennedy, Babe Ruth, Frank Sinatra, and Humphrey Bogart.
Though sponsorship, table, ticket and ad sales, more than $40 million has been raised from the Father of the Year events to fund essential advocacy, education and research initiatives of the American Diabetes Association. 

Meet Our Fathers

Every year, the Father's Day Council in each city identifies honorees who meet the criteria to be nominated as a Father of the Year. By honoring men who are community leaders, we draw attention to the event and further the council’s goal to heighten awareness of the importance of fatherhood. We hope you will join us in supporting the amazing gentlemen who will be honored at this year's event! Check out the Save the Date to join us this year!