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Participant Media received Armed Forces Foundation’s Patriot of the Year Award

Pivot's Jennie Morris accepted the Patriot of the Year Award on behalf of Participant Media and Jeff Skoll at the Armed Forces Foundation (AFF) annual Congressional Gala.

Participant was honored for its yearlong "Return the Service” campaign supporting Ric Roman Waugh’s documentary That Which I Love Destroys Me. The film, funded by the Armed Forces Foundation, aired on Pivot and TakePart.com. The award was presented by Congressman Tim Murphy, a clinical psychologist and Naval reservist who is featured in the film.
In a taped message, Jeff Skoll, said, "The commitment and courage of veterans and active service members is an inspiration to all of us at Participant Media. That Which I Love Destroys Me and its companion campaign, 'Return the Service,' were conceived to ignite action on PTSD and support for our service men and women. We see this film as just one part of a movement to recognize their unique experiences and needs, and it is an honor for our work to be recognized with this year's Armed Forces Foundation Patriot Award.”

The Patriot of the Year award is given to the corporation that best embodies the Armed Forces Foundation's motto “Serving those who Serve.”
The event brought together more than 75 members of Congress to help honor the nation's service members, veterans, and their families - many recovering at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Fort Belvoir's Warrior Transition Brigade, and from other installations. 

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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