Citizens Honored at the Capitol for Support of Arab-American and Muslim Neighbors

December 4, 2001

Source: Department of Energy

On December 4, 2001, The Department of Energy issued a press release stating, "Secretary of Energy Abraham Joins Members of Congress to Present Distinguished Citizen Awards." It read, in part: "Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham was joined by Members of Congress and the Chairman of the Arab American Institute in a ceremony on Capitol Hill honoring distinguished citizens with a certificate of appreciation for their acts of compassion following the September 11th attacks." The recipients included Chris Russell, who created a fund to assist victims of vandalism; Laurie and Jack Corkey of St. Anne's Episcopal Church, which hosted interfaith gatherings, started an escort service to help Muslim women, and offered funds to a local mosque that had been vandalized; and George Chiplock of Corpus Christi School, a Catholic elementary school that wrote some 450 cards of support to the community of the Dar Al Hijra mosque.