06.22.05

Burr Presents Congressional Award Gold Medal to Elster Triplets from Winston-Salem

Senator Richard Burr presented the Congressional Award Gold Medal to Elizabeth, Martha and Patricia Elster of Winston-Salem at an awards ceremony today in Washington, D.C. The award was presented in recognition of the 400 hours of community service, 200 hours of personal development and 200 hours of physical fitness activity performed by each of the three sisters. The sisters performed community activities including volunteering for Brenner Children's Hospital, Ronald McDonald House, the Special Olympics, as well as tutoring local elementary students.

This is not the first time the Elsters have been recognized for their service. Last year, Burr presented the triplets with the Congressional Bronze and Silver Awards.

"The Elster sisters represent the true spirit of public service," said Burr. "The Congressional Award Gold Medal demonstrates their commitment to our community. I'm proud to honor them a second time for their work with young people."

The Congressional Award Gold Medal is the highest honor bestowed upon young people by the U.S. Congress. The program, established in 1979, provides an opportunity for young people, ages 14-23, to set and achieve personally challenging goals that build character and foster community service, personal development, and citizenship.