Robert D. Ray Award to Honor Ashton Kutcher

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Hollywood star Ashton Kutcher is getting some major recognition in his home state and not just for his acting.

Actor and native-Iowan Ashton Kutcher has been named the recipient of 2017’s Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award.

The award is designed to honor someone who demonstrates good character as a role model and reflects former Gov. Robert D. Ray’s lifelong commitment to civility and character development.

“Ashton is a leader in the next generation of Americans who are passionately working to bring positive change to the world,” said former Governor Robert D. Ray. “Ashton continues to be guided by his Iowa values and puts his character into action with efforts such as funding 132 Iowa school projects or helping Iowans after natural disasters. We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate his achievements as a philanthropist, activist and thought leader.”

In addition to Kutcher’s successful acting career he is also the co-founder, with former NFL player Dallas Clark, of The Native Fund. The non-profit raises funds and organizes resources to help Iowans during their times of need. This summer the organization held the first-ever concert at Kinnick Stadium, to raise money for the fund.

Kutcher will accept the award during a ceremony on April 8th in West Des Moines.

Past recipients of this honor include Norman Borlaug, Hayden Fry, and Dan Gable.