Under Secretary McHale and Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams To Host Reception Marking the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps on March 15

Notice to the Press
Bureau of Public Affairs, Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
March 11, 2011

Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams and Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs Judith McHale will host a reception in celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Peace Corps on Tuesday, March 15 at 4:30 p.m., in the Benjamin Franklin Room at the Department of State. After delivering remarks, Under Secretary McHale will introduce video remarks from Secretary Clinton.

This event will be open to credentialed members of the media. Press access times will be forthcoming in the public schedule.

Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams will present the Shriver Family with a Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate the Honorable Sargent Shriver’s legacy of public service.

Shriver was the founder and first director of the Peace Corps. He passed away in January 2011.

In attendance will be returned Peace Corps volunteers, Ambassadors from the 139 countries that have hosted Peace Corps volunteers, Members of Congress, members of the diplomatic community, and Shriver and Kennedy family members.

Throughout 2011, the Peace Corps will commemorate 50 years of service that began with the signing of President John F. Kennedy’s executive order establishing the federal agency on March 1, 1961.

More than 200,000 Americans have served with the Peace Corps to promote a better understanding between Americans and the people of 139 host countries. Today, 8,655 volunteers are working with local communities in 77 host countries. Click here for more information on the Peace Corps.


Direct Logistical Questions to:
Department of State
Office of Press Relations
(202) 647-2492

Direct Peace Corps Questions to:
The Peace Corps
Press Office
(202) 692-2230

PRN: 2011/375