BOSTON (CBS) – New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has three Super Bowl titles, and now he’ll have a medal of excellence to show off alongside them.

Carnegie Hall announced on Thursday that Kraft — also the founder, Chairman, and CEO of The Kraft Group –will receive the Carnegie Hall Medal of Excellence at a gala benefit on Thursday, June 13 at The Waldorf Astoria’s Grand Ballroom.

“We’re delighted to honor my great friend, Bob Kraft by presenting him with Carnegie Hall’s Medal of Excellence,” Sanford I. Weill, chairman of Carnegia Hall’s Board of Trustees, said in a release.  “Bob has made such a remarkable impact on the lives of so many, complementing his great success in business with a strong commitment to giving back to the community.  This is exemplified by Bob’s fortitude in having a designated member of the New England Patriots football staff to work with each of his football players on the importance of philanthropy and giving back to society.  Now that is leadership and that is vision.  We’re proud to recognize Bob for his great spirit of generosity and his friendship to the Hall.”

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“I have such respect and admiration for Carnegie Hall,” Kraft said. “The venue is one of the preeminent concert halls in the world and their board of trustees continues to show great leadership and vision with their wide support of community programs. Their programs are giving people of all ages and backgrounds, particularly children, exposure to the arts and new opportunities to explore their potential as musicians.  It is an honor to receive this award and I look forward to a very entertaining night.”

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The award, recognizing Mr. Kraft’s outstanding leadership in business and philanthropy, will be presented by Weill, with CBS Evening News anchor Scott Pelley serving as the Master of Ceremonies.


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