Senator Mark Warner (D-VA) and Representative Vernon Ehlers (MI-3) will be honored with ASAE’s annual Sentinel Award at the 2010 American Associations Day. The award is given to members of Congress who are advocates for the association community and issues impacting the sector.

Senator Warner’s award will be given during the American Associations Day ASAE Board Reception, 5 – 7 p.m. on March 23 at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill. Senator Warner is a first-term Senator who has worked closely with the small business and Virginia nonprofit community on issues including health care and job creation. The nonprofit community in Virginia is one of the state’s largest private sector employers. State associations are also major providers of insurance and other employment benefits for employees and members.

Congressman Ehlers has represented the third district of Michigan for 18 years and is retiring at the end of his current term. Because of his support for the state and national nonprofit community, ASAE, together with the Michigan Society of Association Executives, will present a special Sentinel Award to him at the Capitol Hill luncheon on the second day of the event, 12:30 p.m. on March 24 in Rayburn House Office Building room B-340.

“We are proud to honor these two champions of the association community as we gather for our annual legislative Fly-In,” said ASAE & The Center President and CEO John H. Graham IV, CAE. “Honoring these two outstanding and deserving public servants is just one part of an exciting event that will show the importance of associations as social and economic drivers.”