This week the Washington Government Relations Group, which calls itself the country's oldest organization for African-American government relations professionals, held its third annual "Tin Cup" awards. The awards "honor individuals with a proven commitment to the enrichment of African-American government relations professionals," according to the organization's awards program.
And in case you were wondering why they're called the Tin Cup awards, WGRG President Marcus Sebastian Mason of the Madison Group passes along remarks from the event that explain the name.
The tin cup symbolizes that without the efforts of the honorees to make diversity part of the fabric of not just the lobbying community, but society at large, that many of us would drink not from a Tiffany glass, but a humble tin cup.
The honorees were:
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez of New Jersey
Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California
Marc Morial of the National Urban League
Soledad O'Brien of CNN
Yvonne McIntyre of Calpine Corporation
William "Larry" Lucas, a retiree of PhRMA
Minyon Moore, of Dewey Square Group