Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller Receives 2019 Christopher Award

Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller Receives 2019 Christopher Award

CEO and Chairman of the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, Frank Siller, has been honored as the 2019 recipient of the Christopher Leadership Award.

The Christophers, founded in 1945 by Maryknoll Father James Keller, is rooted in the Judeo-Christian tradition of service to God and humanity. They are driven by the ancient Chinese proverb, “it’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” It is the 70th anniversary of the organization’s awards program.

Siller is being recognized for “the invaluable aid he brings to catastrophically injured veterans, first responders and Gold Star Families.”

Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller Receives 2019 Christopher Award

The honor for Siller, announced in early May, is being presented alongside other Christopher Awards for winning film productions, broadcast TV and cable programs, and books for adults and children. The Christopher Leadership Award specifically recognizes individuals “whose work, actions and example serve as a guiding light to others.”

A year after the 9/11 attacks that claimed Stephen Siller’s life, the Siller family founded the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, to not only honor his sacrifice, but to do good in Stephen’s name.

Tunnel to Towers CEO Frank Siller Receives 2019 Christopher Award

With Siller as chairman and CEO, the Foundation has grown into, what The Christopher’s call, “a national force for good” for many groups in need. It builds specially adapted smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans, pays off mortgages for families of first responders who have been killed in the line of duty and builds homes for Gold Star Families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country. Tunnel to Towers has raised over $125 million since it was founded.

“My parents had seven kids,” Siller said speaking at the award’s ceremony. “We were very poor, but we were never too poor to do something good for our neighbors.” Frank spoke about how his parents often quoted the words of St. Francis of Assisi, “while we have time, let us do good.” Siller and his siblings adopted those words as the Foundation’s mantra and driving motivation.

“I understand exactly each point they’re at because I lived it,” Siller said, speaking of the recipients of the Foundation’s programs. “After September 11, so many people were there for our family. It lifts you to know you’re not alone and that people care and are praying for you.”

“This is the message that we send to all these great families: we don’t want to just pay off their mortgage or build them a mortgage-free home or smart home. We want to be part of their lives,” Siller said. “They join us on our mission and are our greatest ambassadors, because they received it and they want to pay it forward.”

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  • Frank was an inspirational speaker. The story he shared that touched me the most happened after his First Holy Communion. He’d received a stack of envelopes from well wishers the contents of which totaled $26. His mother took him for a walk that day and asked him how much he would give to those in need. He tested the water and suggested $13, which his mother accepted. He said that today, he can’t remember what he bought with his $13 but he remembers, in retrospect, how good he felt about $13 he gave away.

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  • Mark Snyder
    July 3, 2019 11:28 am

    Love this! Saw Frank on Fox News this morning and was so touched by the good work of Tunnel to Towers and Frank sporting a cross on his lapel reminded me of the verse, Matthew 5:16, “Let your light shine before men, that. they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven”. I just made a donation. : )

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