Philanthropist, humanitarian Yank Barry to be honored Dec. 4 on floor of U.S. Congress

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) will pay tribute
(PR NewsChannel) / November 21, 2013 / SARASOTA, Fla. 

Entering Voenna Rampa CampYank Barry, the philanthropist and humanitarian who co-founded the Global Village Champions Foundation, and who just returned from Bulgaria where he freed more than 50 Syrian refugees living in squalor conditions in Bulgarian camps as they sought asylum, will be honored on the floor of  the U.S. House of Representatives for his humanitarian efforts.

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) will pay tribute to Barry and “the good work of the Global Village Champions Foundation” on December 4, 2013.

In a letter to Barry that announces the upcoming recognition, Congresswoman Jackson Lee writes: “Your impact on the lives of people throughout the world through your humanitarian efforts and your music is worthy of this congressional recognition.”

Barry is former lead singer of the rock n’ roll band The Kingsmen, which recorded the classic ‘Louie, Louie.’ Barry has been twice nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against world hunger.

Rep. Jackson Lee said that she has placed his name in nomination to the President of the United States for the Presidential Medal of Freedom. This year’s recipients of those awards received them yesterday at The White House. 

“I take great pride in recognizing your achievements and servitude while serving the world community with unwavering dedication and diligence and is indeed worthy of respect, admiration and commendation of the United States Congress,” Congresswoman Jackson Lee wrote.

(Download Letter from Rep. Jackson Lee here)

Last week, 52 Syrian refugees, many of them children, began new lives in Bulgaria thanks to Barry. The families, who fled Syria, are getting a chance at a fresh start. Up until Barry, a multimillionaire Jewish businessman, intervened and arranged for their freedom, they were living in inhumane conditions in one of four refugee camps in Bulgaria. As the only country in the region accepting refugees, Bulgaria’s refugee camps are greatly over capacity, often doubling in size in a week’s time, and the country lacks the funding to do more.

For more information, photos and video of Global Village Champion Foundation and Yank Barry’s relief efforts with Syrian refugees, please visit

About Global Village Champions Foundation: Started in 1995 by Yank Barry, Global Village Champions Foundation strives to become the undisputed world leader in private, humanitarian delivery of nutrition to needy persons across the globe, while sustaining human life and helping to eradicate hunger from the face of the Earth. With the help of donors and notable figures such as Muhammad Ali, Gary US Bonds, and Evander Holyfield, the nonprofit has provided nearly a billion meals to the hungry around the world.
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