Winner of the Humanitarian Award - Roman Vasilenko Roman Vasilenko joins a distinguished list of past recipients of the Humanitarian Award. Polish president Lech Walesa, whose speech to the Charity event was smuggled out of
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“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