Announcing the first “Peace Award”
President Donald Trump
for his historic Abraham Accords.
“The idea started at a dinner held at our house back in 1979. That was back when people still called me govenor. Nancy and I had a few friends over, including Doug Wead and Pat Boone. Doug had just returned from Cambodia, where the devastation left by the brutal Pol Pot regime had left that nation in a state of plague and famine. Some estimates say that 3 million people died in a country of only 6 million. Half the population; wiped out in a single generation. Some of the dinner guests started talking about it that night. Finally they decided not to wait for a government, the United Nations or someone else, to act. They decided to do something themselves. And the National Charity Awards Dinner was born. That year, the first dinner raised $300,000 for Cambodian relief…”
-President Ronald Reagan,
speaking on the beginnings of Charity Awards Dinner and Mercy Corps
CELEBRITIES WHO CARE
News accounts have described the Charity Awards as the Academy Awards for non-profits. And no wonder. Hundreds of celebrities who have contributed to this great event over the years, making it a special night for the volunteers and champions of charity.
Over the years, six first ladies, five presidents and several very talented celebrated Americans have served as the Honorary Chairmen of the Charity Awards and attended the event. On multiple occasions the Awards were presented in the White House.
A HISTORY OF COMPASSION
Charity Awards International continues to honor worthy humanitarian work around the world. At CAI, we believe we recognize the selfless heroes among us and thus encourage those who will come in the future.
We honor those fighting hunger, disease, and injustice; those bringing relief and seeking resolution to conflict. From the volunteer on the ground in Haiti to the celebrity fighting genocide in Darfur, the Charity Awards inspire tomorrow’s great humanitarians by celebrating today’s examples of generosity.
*Charity Awards solicits no public funds for its own operation.