Oak Brook, IL (Vocus) October 25, 2010
In honor of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of children, Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) hosted its 26th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration on Saturday, October 23, in Rosemont, Ill.
The annual event presented three prestigious awards and grants of $100,000 each to individuals selected from across the globe, including:
In addition to honoring these outstanding individuals, the 2010 Awards of Excellence celebration included a dinner, lively entertainment by Grammy Award winning artist Richard Marx and special guest, American Music, People’s Choice and Emmy Award winning, Olivia Newton-John. A live auction also took place throughout the evening, where attendees had the opportunity to bid on elite prizes including a 2011 Ford Explorer, tickets to the 2011 Super Bowl, American Idol finals travel packages, and numerous First-Class round-trip tickets to Hawaii, Europe and Latin America.
Past RMHC Awards of Excellence Recipients
Past RMHC Awards of Excellence Recipients have included: seven-time NBA All-Star, two-time Defensive Player of the Year and founder of Alonzo Mourning Charities, Alonzo Mourning (2009); entrepreneurs and philanthropists, Peter and Ginny Ueberroth (2008); actress, producer, social activist and national outreach director for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Marlo Thomas (2007); NCAA championship basketball coach and youth mentor, John Wooden (2006); the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps with actor Paul Newman accepting on their behalf (2005); actor, director and humanitarian, Danny Glover (2004); renowned pediatric surgeon, Dr. Benjamin Carson (2003); Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan (2002); tennis star Andrea Jaeger (2001); performer and humanitarian, Harry Belafonte (2000); wife of McDonald's Corporation founder Ray A. Kroc, the late Joan Kroc (1999); Betty Ford, former First Lady (1998); Retired U.S. Army General, Colin Powell (1997); acclaimed theologian, Henri J. M. Nouwen (1996); former U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Antonia Novello (1995); Barbara Bush, former First Lady (1994); the late Fred Rogers (1993); Eunice Kennedy Shriver (1992); former U.S. President, Jimmy Carter (1991); and the late Jim Henson (1990), among others.
About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit http://www.rmhc.org , follow us on Twitter (@RMHC) or like us on Facebook (Facebook.com/RMHC Global).
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