U.S. Congressional Gold Medal
The United States Congress has commissioned gold medals as its highest expression of national appreciation for distinguished achievements and contributions. Each medal honors a particular individual, institution, or event.
Harry Chapin was approved posthumously on May 20, 1986. His medal was awarded in recognition of “Harry Chapin’s efforts to address issues of hunger around the world.” Chapin's Gold Medal was presented to his widow Sandy by Sen. Patrick J. Leahy at Carnegie Hall in New York on December 7, 1987.