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Following is a press release issued by the National Father’s Day Committee…

Famed professional wrestler, actor, TV and movie star, humanitarian and dad, Hulk Hogan, has accepted an invitation from the National Father’s Day Committee to receive a Father of the Year Award at the group’s 66th Annual Luncheon on Thursday, June 7, 2007, at the NY Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Manhattan.

Richard Wurtzburger, Committee Chairman and Sr. Vice President of Peerless Clothing, announced that Hogan would be honored along with General George W. Casey Jr., U.S. Army Chief of Staff; Allen Sirkin, President and COO, Phillips Van Heusen; Tom Glavine, NY Mets All-Star pitcher; and Harry Smith, Host, The Early Show, CBS-TV. Sirkin also will receive the prestigious 2007 Milton Margolis Humanitarian Award.

Wurtzburger also noted that the Committee is conducting a national search for an outstanding Father to be selected as an “All-Star” Dad. This award is sponsored by the Committee’s partners, Men’s Health Magazine and The Sani Family Foundation.

Hulk Hogan is arguably the most famous WWE Superstar of all time. World Wrestling Entertainment (then the WWF) exploded across America when Hogan replaced an injured Bob Backlund and defeated The Iron Sheik for the WWE Championship on January 23, 1984, at Madison Square Garden. A phenomenon was born.

The blonde and muscle-bound Hogan has headlined 10 WrestleManias, including WrestleMania III, when 93,173 fans packed the Silverdome in Pontiac, MI, to see him body slam the 500 lb. Andre the Giant. Hogan’s success brought unprecedented mainstream attention to pro wrestling, even landing Hogan television and movie roles. His popularity in and out of the ring has made him an idol of both old and young, And he is often heard urging youngsters to say their prayers and eat their vitamins.

In Hulk’s popular VH1 TV series, Hogan Knows Best (currently filming its 4th season), viewers get an inside glimpse at Linda, Hulk’s adoring wife of 22 years; their 18-year-old daughter Brooke, who is on her way to becoming America’s next big pop star; and 16-year-old Nick, a typical teenage boy whose primary interests are cars and girls.

The National Father’s Day Committee is part of the Father’s Day/Mother’s Day Council, Inc., a non-profit membership association that has as its mission the recognition and awarding of honors to role model contemporary Fathers and Mothers, while at the same time contributing to issues and charities affecting the life and well being of men, women and families.

As part of the day’s activities, Grandstand Sports & Memorabilia will stage a lavish Silent Auction of sports, entertainment, music, travel, dining and household items that will fit every interest and pocket book.

To purchase a table or individual tickets to this wonderful tribute to Fathers and Family, or to apply for a sponsorship, call the Committee office at 212-594-5977 or contact us online at


Matthew Michaels is editor emeritus of Pulse Wrestling, and has been since the site launched.