Join us as we celebrate our outstanding honorees and our progress in the fight to protect kids and save lives.

May 24, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton, Washington, D.C.
1150 22nd St. NW

6:00 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. Dinner and Awards
9:00 p.m. After Party

Business attire 


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We will honor young leaders and tobacco control champions making a difference in the United States and around the world.



Robert D. Manfred, Jr., the Commissioner of Baseball​

This year, we will present our highest honor, the Champion Award, to Robert D. Manfred, Jr., the Commissioner of Baseball, in recognition of the league’s efforts under his leadership to eliminate the use of all tobacco products in Major League Baseball. As a result of Commissioner Manfred’s commitment to tobacco-free baseball, nearly half of Major League stadiums are now completely tobacco-free, efforts continue to make the remaining stadiums tobacco-free and new players are prohibited from using smokeless tobacco. With baseball players serving as role models to so many youth, these achievements are having a profound and positive impact on the health of our nation’s children.

Manfred became the 10th Commissioner in the history of MLB on January 25, 2015, after serving in various capacities with MLB for more than two decades. His previous positions at MLB include Chief Operating Officer, Executive Vice President for Economics & League Affairs and Executive Vice President for Labor Relations & Human Resources. Manfred is a 1980 graduate of the School of Industrial and Labor Relations at Cornell University and a 1983 magna cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School.

Learn more on the MLB Website.


Youth Champion
Sara Kay, Honolulu, Hawaii

Individual Winners

Michelle Li, Ballwin, Missouri

Brooklyn Larimore, Bellevue, Nebraska

Eunice Namkoong, Yorktown, Virginia

Gabrielle Kennedy, Brandon, Mississippi

Group Winners
REAL Talk Tobacco, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Ramona Brad, Project Director
2035 Tobacco-Free Romania Initiative


If you wish to make hotel reservations please contact the Ritz-Carlton Hotel at 800-241-3333 and mention that you are with the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids group.  Sleeping room rate is $379 and reservations must be made by April 23, 2018 to qualify for the mentioned group rate.


For more than 20 years, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids has fought to protect children and save lives from the #1 cause of preventable death: tobacco use. Our vision is a future free of the death and disease caused by tobacco.We are the leading advocacy organization working to reduce tobacco use and its deadly consequences in the United States and around the world. Through strategic communications and policy advocacy campaigns, we promote the adoption of proven solutions that are most effective at reducing tobacco use and save the most lives.

We are passionate and experienced public health advocates with a more than 20-year track record of leading and supporting successful policy advocacy campaigns:

  • In the United States, we work at the national, state and local levels.
  • Around the world, we are active in low- and middle-income countries facing the greatest threat from tobacco.
  • In addition to our work fighting tobacco use, our Global Health Advocacy Incubator applies our broad range of advocacy experience to supporting organizations working to address other critical public health challenges.

We’re making incredible progress against tobacco:
  • In the U.S., our work has helped drive smoking rates to record lows.
  • Around the world, we’re helping to turn the tide of a global tobacco epidemic that would otherwise kill one billion people this century.

But the battle against tobacco is far from over:
  • Tobacco still kills nearly half a million Americans and more than 7 million people worldwide each year.
  • The tobacco industry relentlessly peddles its deadly products, targeting kids and other vulnerable populations.

Our remarkable progress shows that we can win the fight against tobacco. The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is unyielding in our resolve and committed to finishing the job.

Created in 1996, the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that accepts no government or tobacco industry funding. We rely on contributions from individuals, philanthropic foundations, corporations, special events and other non-profit organizations. 

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