(CNSNews.com) -- Richard Viguerie, chairman of American Target Advertising and the ConservativeHQ.com, received the United in Purpose’s “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the group’s inaugural Impact Awards ceremony on Wednesday at the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C.
Viguerie was one of 12 people to receive an award at the event hosted by Ginni Thomas, CEO of Liberty Consulting and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
“I am honored and humbled by this award,” Viguerie said. “I’m 84 years old, I go 13, 14 hours a day, 5 1/2 days a week, love every minute of it. I’ve been blessed so much by the Lord.”
Viguerie further told the crowd, “You might have the feeling that the conservative movement started with the Tea Party. Or if it didn’t start with that, maybe with the Gingrich revolution in 1994. And if that’s not true, then surely it started in 1980 with the Reagan revolution and Ed Meese. No, not so. Not even in 1964 with Goldwater.”
“We all stand on the shoulders of giants who began our movement in the late 40s, the 50s: Russell Kirk, Bill Buckley, Brent Bozell, Frank Meyer, Frank Hannigan, Henry Regnery, and it goes on and on, the giants that we stand on,” Viguerie said, noting that he was a “second-generation conservative.”
He also warned the crowd, “We have a fraction of the number of organizations that the left has. They have thousands and thousands of race-based organizations, anti-family organizations, environmental groups. And we need many, many more organizations. So the water’s fine out there, young entrepreneurial conservatives, jump in.”
Viguerie closed by saying, “It’s easy these days to be discouraged,” and added that he was there during the “dark times” of the conservative movement in the 1960s and 1970s.
However, he said, “be of good faith, be of good cheer because I think we’re winning. Keep the faith, trust God, walk with God, and we’re going to win.”
Others who received awards were Sean Hannity who received the Outstanding Impact Award; Dr. Larry Arnn, president of Hillsdale College, Dan Bongino, former NYPD detective and U.S. Secret Service agent; Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch; Frank Gaffney, president and CEO of the Center for Security Policy; Charlie Kirk, CEO of Turning Point USA; Richard Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government; James O’Keefe, founder and president of Project Veritas; Chris Plante, host of the Chris Plante Show; Star Parker, president of the Center for Urban Renewal; and Leonard Leo, executive vice president of The Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy.