Photo Gallery | Pave the Way Foundation Presents the Defense of Faith Award to The Honorable Michael Steele

On June 26, 2008, Pave the Way Foundation presented the Defense of Faith Award to the Honorable Michael S. Steele.


The Gala Event was held at the Capital Hilton in Washington DC.

Michael S. Steele earned a place in history in 2003 when he became the first African-American elected to statewide office in Maryland. His experiences as a successful elected Republican African-American and his engaging speaking style have launched Steele into national prominence. His first major exposure was during an appearance at the 2004 Republican National Convention. Since then President George W. Bush chose Steele to be part of the U.S. delegation to the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI, and Steele has been an entertaining and articulate guest on cable political talk shows such as HBO's Real Time with Bill Maher and Comedy Central's The Colbert Report.  Lately, he can be seen as a regular contributor on the Fox News Channel.

An expert on political strategy, fund-raising, PACs, and election reform, he is the current Chairman of GOPAC.  A former state chairman of the Republican Party in Maryland, he has served on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform. As a senior advisor to GROWpac, he advised House Republican Conference Chairman J.C. Watts (R–OK) on strategic and political issues.

Born in 1958 at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George's County, Maryland, Steele was raised in Washington, DC. He received a Bachelor's degree in international relations from Johns Hopkins University, then spent three years as a seminarian in the Order of St. Augustine in preparation for the priesthood, but, ultimately, chose a career in law instead. He earned his law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

He is currently a Partner with the international law firm of Dewey and LeBoeuf in Washington, DC.  From 1991–1997, Steele was a corporate securities attorney at the international law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton in Washington, DC, specializing in sophisticated financial transactions on behalf of Wall Street underwriters. He also was a corporate counsel for the Mills Corporation and founded The Steele Group, a business and legal consulting firm. Most recently, the HarVest Bank of Maryland welcomed him as a member of their Board of Directors.

Named a 2005 Aspen Institute–Rodel Fellow in Public Leadership and awarded the 2005 Bethune-DuBois Institute Award for his ongoing work in the development of quality education in Maryland, Steele also has served on a variety of boards and commissions including East Baltimore Development Corporation, Export–Import Bank Advisory Board, the U.S. Naval Academy Board of Visitors, and the Republican National Committee.

Lt. Governor Steele serves on the Administrative Board of the Maryland Catholic Conference and is a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Landover Hills, MD, where he attends mass regularly with his wife Andrea and their two sons Michael and Drew.

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The significance of our award, designed by famed Israeli Sculptor Sam Philipe, is the two hands of man gently and lovingly supporting the planet earth. Here we see that it is man's responsibility to care for our planet and this can only be done through real individual efforts.  The base is made of polished Jerusalem stone with sterling hands and a Crystal globe of the planet earth.

Dinner Co-Chairpersons

Honorable Roscoe Bartlett
United States Representative

Rabbi Benjamin Blech
Yeshiva University

Mr. Lee Cowen
Dutko Worldwide

Honorable Wayne K. Curry
William H. Murphy, Jr. & Associates, P.A.

Honorable John C. Danforth
Bryan Cave, LLP

Honorable Newt Gingrich
Gingrich Communications

Mr. John P. Hollerbach
HarVest Bank of Maryland

Mr. John Kane
The Kane Company

Cardinal William Henry Keeler
Archdiocese of Baltimore

Dr. & Mrs. James Pelura
Maryland Republican Party

Mr. Russell Simmons
Rush Communications

Honorable J.C. Watts, Jr.
J.C. Watts Companies

Honorable Christine Todd Whitman
Republican Leadership Council

Rabbi Stuart Weinblat  Congregation B'nai Tzedek



"It is with affection that I greet the members of the Pave the Way Foundation and I thank Mr. Krupp for the
kind words which he has addressed to me on your behalf"
Pope John Paul II- January 18, 2005



Jerusalem Medal from the Franciscan Custody of the Holy Land


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