The Robert D. Ray Awards are our organization’s highest honor and reflect former Governor Ray’s lifelong commitment to civility and character development.
The Pillar of Character Award was presented to Governor Ray in 2003 for his visionary leadership and inspiration to meet our mission as well as the exemplary character he demonstrates. The Award was then named in honor of Governor Ray as the founder and board chairman of Character Counts In Iowa.
The Ray Legacy Award
Presented to individuals who demonstrate good character and provide leadership and inspiration to meet our mission. The Robert D. Ray Legacy Award is presented at the Iowa Character Awards banquet.
2014 Jim Aipperspach video
2013 Dr. Don Adams video
2012 Dr. David Maxwell, Drake University video
2011 Deb Chiodo, Cornell Elementary School video
2010 Dr. Tom Lickona & Dr. Matt Davidson, Smart & Good High Schools Report video
2009 Jim Hallihan, Iowa Sports Foundation video
2008 Marvin Pomerantz, businessman & philanthropist video
2007 Bernie Saggau, Iowa High School Athletic Association video
2006 Joe D. Batten, author & leadership expert video
2005 Troyce Fisher, education leader
2002 Michael Josephson, founder of CHARACTER COUNTS!
2001 Jim Mayse, first principal in Iowa to implement CHARACTER COUNTS!
2001 Michael Cheney, Drake University Provost
The Ray Exemplar Award
Presented to individuals who consistently demonstrate good character as a visible role model. The Robert D. Ray Exemplar Award is presented at An All-Star Evening to benefit Character Counts In Iowa.
2014 Dan Gable video
2013 Fred Hoiberg video
2012 Aaron Kampman video
2011 Ed Thomas (posthumously) video
2010 Dallas Clark video (part 1) video (part 2)
2009 Shawn Johnson
2008 Dr. Tom Davis video
2007 Hayden Fry video
2001 Norman Borlaug
Check out our Flickr page for photos of the award presentations.