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Robert D. and Billie Ray Pillar of Character Award

The Robert D. and Billie Ray Awards are our organization’s highest honor and reflect former Governor and Mrs. Ray’s lifelong commitment to civility and character development.

The Pillar of Character Award was presented to Governor Ray in 2003 for his visionary leadership and inspiration to meet our mission as well as the exemplary character he demonstrates. Mrs. Ray received the Pillar of Character Award in 2021. The Award has been named in honor of Governor and Mrs. Ray.

The Ray Legacy Award
Presented to individuals who demonstrate good character and provide leadership and inspiration to meet our mission. The Robert D. and Billie Ray Legacy Award is presented at the Iowa Character Awards banquet.

  • 2021    Mrs. Billie Ray video
  • 2020    Nancy Tychsen video
  • 2019    Ray Cole video
  • 2018    Mike C. Gartner video 
  • 2017    Joy C. Corning video 
  • 2016    Jim and Patty Cownie video 
  • 2015    Rich Willis & Suku Radia  video
  • 2014    Jim Aipperspach video
  • 2013    Dr. Don Adams video
  • 2012    Dr. David Maxwell video
  • 2011    Deb Chiodo video
  • 2010    Dr. Tom Lickona & Dr. Matt Davidson video
  • 2009    Jim Hallihan  video
  • 2008    Marvin Pomerantz  video
  • 2007    Bernie Saggau video
  • 2006    Joe D. Batten  video
  • 2005    Troyce Fisher
  • 2002    Michael Josephson
  • 2001    Jim Mayse
  • 2001    Michael Cheney

 

The Ray Exemplar Award
Presented to individuals who consistently demonstrate good character as a visible role model. The Robert D. and Billie Ray Exemplar Award is presented at An All-Star Evening.

  • 2021    Iowa's Front Line Workers video
  • 2019    Taylor and Danielle Morris
  • 2018    Dr. Peggy Whitson video
  • 2017    Ashton Kutcher video
  • 2016    Casey Blake video 
  • 2015    Sandy Hatfield Clubb video
  • 2014    Dan Gable video
  • 2013    Fred Hoiberg video
  • 2012    Aaron Kampman video
  • 2011    Ed Thomas (posthumously) video
  • 2010    Dallas Clark    video (part 1) video (part 2)
  • 2009    Shawn Johnson
  • 2008    Dr. Tom Davis   video
  • 2007    Hayden Fry  video
  • 2001    Norman Borlaug
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