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Awards of Excellence Gala

Celebrating the outstanding contributions of some very special people

Every year, RMHC hosts its Annual Awards of Excellence celebration in honor of individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the health and well being of children. The annual event presents Awards of Excellence to individuals selected from across the globe and a grant of $100,000 is awarded in honor of the recipients to other nonprofit organizations selected by the awardees. 

Register or donate to the 2017 Awards of Excellence Gala today.

RMHC Awards of Excellence recipients include:

  • Dr. Mushtaque R. Chowdhury (2017)
  • Dr. David Kimberlin (2016)
  • Dr. Agnes Binagwaho, Minister of Health of the Republic of Rwanda (2015)
  • Reggie Skhosana (2015)
  • Linda Dunham (2014)
  • Geoffrey Canada (2013)
  • Jamie Lee Curtis (2012)
  • Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and Maggie Daley (2011)
  • Founder of Southwest Airlines, Herbert D. Kelleher (2010)
  • 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)
  • The late Jim Henson (1990)


  • RMHC has local Chapters in more than 64 countries and regions around the world
  • More than $300 million has been collected through RMHC Donation Boxes
  • At least one RMHC core program provides care for children and their families being served at 90% of the top children’s hospitals worldwide
  • Yearly, RMHC serves more than 5.5 million children and families



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