The American Cancer Society presented Tanya Snyder, wife of Washing ton Redskins owner Dan Snyder, with the Mother of the Year award on Wednesday, the first time the ceremony has been held in Washington.

Snyder, a breast cancer survivor, is the NFL's National Spokesperson for Breast Cancer Awareness. Redskins players were some of the first to wear pink gear in October 1999, which her husband noted in his introduction is something "she started and deserves all the credit for."

Eldest daughter Tiffany, 18, then teared up while speaking of her "strong" mother and complimenting Snyder's (a former model) fashion sense.

The honoree herself deflected attention, telling Yeas & Nays: "I just knew that pulling all the women together and feeding on how much they inspired me, and using everybody's efforts together to make a difference is how this is all happening today."

Cokie Roberts served as emcee, while Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III and Graffiato chef Mike Isabella attended and gamely hopped onstage to drive up auction fundraising totals. Griffin items were the most popular: A pair of Griffin's signature pink cleats, signed on the spot, went for $15,000 and about 10 signed photos with the player brought in $1,000 each.