NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 16, 2018--The National Father’s Day Council announced today that award-winning actor and Extra TV host Mario Lopez, has been named a 2018 “Father of the Year” Honoree. The 77th Annual Father of the Year Awards will be presented at the Sheraton New York Times Square on Monday, June 11, 2018 at 12:00 pm. As part of its commitment to support meaningful philanthropies dealing with issues affecting mothers, fathers and children, proceeds from the event will benefit Save the Children’s U.S. Programs. For tickets and sponsorship, please contact the Council office at 212-594-5977 or www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

Starting with the breakout role of ‘A.C. Slater’ on the hit sitcom “ Saved by the Bell,”  Mario Lopez has had success in the entertainment industry that spans over 34 years. He is currently the host of the Emmy® Award winning entertainment program, “Extra”, in a position he has held for the past ten years. He is also the host the national radio shows:  ON with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez. Lopez has also launched a YouTube channel called "The Lopez Family." Created alongside Awestruck, the channel features his wife Courtney, their two children, and their two dogs. Mario can also add best-selling author to his list of credits with books including, “Extra Lean,” “Extra Lean Family,” and “Just Between Us,” along with the children’s books “Mud Tacos” and “Mario & Baby Gia.” Recognized by both the industry and his fans, he was the recipient of several “Young Artist Awards,” and nominated several times for ALMA Awards and Teen Choice Awards. As an Alumni Ambassador for the Boys and Girls Clubs of America, Mario helps bring to light the major issues affecting today's young people, including the importance of graduating from high school and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Mr. Lopez is married to his wife Courtney, with whom he has two children -- Gia and Dominic.

“We are proud to honor Mario, as he epitomizes what we look for in a Father of the Year,” said Dan Orwig, President & CEO of The Father’s Day/Mother's Day Council. “Despite his hectic schedule packed with interviews and red carpet moments, Mario prioritizes his family, while accomplishing his philanthropic duties.”

The National Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc. is a not-for profit organization that strives to heighten the meaning and observance of the Father’s Day and Mother’s Day holidays, while raising funds for philanthropic purposes. The Council has donated more than $30 million to date to meaningful charities nationwide.

About The National Father’s Day Council, Inc.

The National Father's Day Committee is part of the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council, Inc., a non-profit association that has as its mission the recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary fathers and mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues affecting the life and well-being of men, women and families. Past honorees have included Presidents George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan, Generals Douglas MacArthur, Colin Powell and Norman Schwarzkopf, retail veteran Terry Lundgren, sports notables Arthur Ashe, Jim Kelly and Michael “Coach K” Krzyzewski, and communications leaders Tim Russert and Harry Smith. To learn more about The National Father’s Day Council, visit our website at  www.fathersdaycouncil.org.

About Save the Children’s U.S. Programs

Nearly 1 in 5 children in the United States lives in poverty. Save the Children works to break the cycle of poverty and improve the lives of children in this country by ensuring that they have the resources they need to succeed in school and life. With a grassroots network of more than 250,000 people across all 50 states, Save the Children also acts as a voice for kids by advocating for increased access to high-quality early childhood education at the federal, state and local levels. Early learning programs that begin during pregnancy and continue until the child reaches kindergarten are key to ensuring that children enter school ready for success. For more information visit www.savethechildren.org/usa.

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