A letter to Jeff Rutt of Keystone Custom Homes from the Governor of Pennsylvania
I received another extraordinary letter of recognition from the Governor of Pennsylvania on receiving the Hearthstone Builder Humanitarian Award. It was such an honor to not only receive the award but also to be the recipient of this wonderful letter. As I continue my work with Keystone Custom Homes and HOPE International, it is my hope to make Pennsylvania and the world a better place for many.
To: Jeff Rutt
It is my pleasure to join with Hearthstone and Builder Magazine in congratulating you on receiving the Hearthstone BUILDER Humanitarian Award. This is a well-deserved honor and one that I know you will accept with your customary humility and dignity.
It is among our commonwealth’s most honorable traditions to serve one’s fellow citizens and ensure that all may enjoy the benefits of liberty, prosperity and happiness. You have accepted this challenge and demonstrated an extraordinary caliber of character and leadership that will strengthen us all as we work together to forget bold paths to a new Pennsylvania.
With your philanthropy in the home building industry, you established HOPE International, a global, faith-based, non-profit organization focused on poverty alleviation through microenterprise development. HOPE International has invested in the dreams of the poor in the worlds underserved communities so that they might be released from physical and spiritual poverty.
Throughout your career, you have surpassed the highest expectations and ideals of of citizenship and have already accomplished goals beyond what many will reach in a lifetime. Your achievements have rightfully earned you the respect and recognition of your colleagues, community and our entire commonwealth. I thank you for being an inspiration and outstanding role model for Pennsylvania and everyone your work has touched.
As Governor and on behalf of all Pennsylvanians, I offer my gratitude and admiration for all you have given to Pennsylvania and the impact you have had on the lives of countless citizens throughout the world. Congratulations on receiving this prestigious award. May you continue to experience great success in all of your future endeavors.
Edward G. Rendell
March 13, 2008
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