PRESENTED TO ARCOA INTERNATIONAL HUMANITY SERVICE AWARD WINNERS
1956 - FATHER JAIME NERI, For work with poor in Philippine Islands.
1958 - REVEREND RICCARDO SANTI, For establishing Casa Materna orphanage for children of Naples, Italy.
1959 - BOB HOPE, For entertainment of American servicemen overseas during the Christmas-New Year holidays
1960 - J. CLIFFORD MAC DONALD, For service to vision and mentally impaired children in the U.S
1961 - ROBERT ROSENBAUM, For developing new industries and improving living conditions in many undeveloped countries.
1962 - MOSE and GARRISON SISKIN, For aid to handicapped at Siskin Rehabilitation Center in Chattanooga, TN.
1963 - MUSA BEY AL-ALAMI, Founder of Boys' Town in Jericho, Jordan, and for aid to refugees through Arab Development Society.
1964 - HENRY VISCARDI, JR., Founder of Abilities Incorporated, providing training for the handicapped.
1965 - GEORGE M. MARDIKIAN, For service to homeless in Armenia and to U.S. armed forces.
1966 - E. ROLAND HARRIMAN, For years of service to American National Red Cross and as President and later as Chairman of the Board of Governors.
1967 - IRENE AUBERLIN, Founder of World Medical Relief, Inc., providing medicine & supplies to the needy of the U.S. and other countries throughout the world.
1969 - PEARL S. BUCK, Founder of Welcome House placing handicapped orphans and children of mixed parentage for adoption in American homes.
1971 - MARY DE GARMO, Author of Introduction to Braille Music Transcription, enabling the blind to be a part of the world of music.
1972 - RUTH LYONS, Television personality who established the Ruth Lyons Christmas Fund supplying toys, parties and playroom equipment for some 100 hospitals in Cincinnati viewing area.
1973 - FATHER LUDGER MARTIN, C.P., For 27 years of devoted and creative work among the poor of Birmingham, AL.
1974 - ALF R. THOMPSON, For leadership in organizing American Red Cross Overseas Association, inspiration in setting its goals, and dedication and generosity with which he served it for 25 years.
1975 - DR. WILLIAM B. WALSH, Founder and president of Project Hope, for the vision and leadership that has carried its work of healing around the world.
1976 - SIDNEY R. MITCHELL, For organizing programs of international student exchange, surgery for Mexican citizens, and training of youth for community service.Center. Her leadership, skill, and patience motivated others to care and share.
1977 - JANICE GALLAGHER, Founder and international coordinator of Inca Equador, Inc., supporting the Inca Indians of Equador
1978 - SISTER HENRIETTA GORRIS, C.S.A., Director of Our Lady of Fatima Mission.
1979 - MORRIS S. FRANK, retired Vice President, Seeing Eye, Inc., For helping untold millions of persons, world-wide, gain independent mobility, self-esteem, and dignity through the creation of the Seeing Eye Dog.
1981 - HENRIK BEER (Sweden), Secy. Gen., League of Red Cross Societies, For his leadership of Red Cross Societies throughout the world since WWI, working with adults and youth in 125 countries, and serving as Liaison Officer with UNRRA.
1982 - MARIANNA KISTLER BEACH, For her volunteer work with the Inter-American Children's Institute, founded in 1927 in Montevideo, Uruguay, to provide opportunities for optimum development to the children of the Americas.'
1983 - GEORGE MC KEE ELSEY, a humanitarian of international scope, distinguished public service, and American Red Cross President from 1970 to 1982.
1984 - BILLY BARTY, Founder of Little People of America, Inc., and international champion of people of short stature.
1985 - JAN C. SCRUGGS, a Vietnam Veteran, for leadership in establishment of the Vietnam Memorial, a symbol of national reconciliation in Washington, D.C.
1986 - SASHIKO HASHIMOTO, For contribution to world peace through youth education, not only in Japan but throughout the world, and for her work in behalf of the disabled.
1987 - CLARA "MOTHER" HALE, Founder of Hale House Center, for leadership in establishing a center dedicated to the healing of drug-addicted children through love and positive reinforcement.
1988 - DRS. KUNIO and YOSHIE HOSHINO, Volunteer medical missionaries in Cebu, Philippines, and for doing research on leprosy.
1989 - MILLARD FULLER, Founder of Habitat for Humanity, an international network of community projects, which brings together volunteers and financial resources to refurbish or build affordable homes for needy families.
1990 - JOYCE GARRETT, for her ability over 18 years to motivate and inspire hundreds of Eastern High School students from one of the poorest and crime-ridden neighborhoods of Washington, DC, to overcome personal problems, gain self esteem, continue their education, and delight local and worldwide audiences with their wonderful music
1992 - GLEN and MILDRED LEET - Founders of theTrickle Up Program, for creating opportunities and economic and social well-being among low-income populations of the world.
1993 - DR. JAMES W. TURPIN, Project Concern International, a health organization dedicated to helping those in need, both overseas and in the U.S., to receive medical services which they might not otherwise be able to obtain.
1994 - A. R. BROWN, Prison Crusade Ministries, whose programs are aimed at prevention of crime, rehabilitation, and help for those hurting from lack of life's basic necessities.
1995 - FORMER PRESIDENT JIMMY CARTER and FORMER FIRST LADY ROSALYNN CARTER For initiating The Atlanta Project (TAP) with goals for the enhancement of life in urban areas; empowerment of residents to take the lead in bringing about change in their communities; to unite Atlanta by bridging schisms of race, class, and gender; collaboration between service providers and other groups; and service as a model for other cities.
1996 - ALVIRITA LITTLE honored for her role in establishing The Girls Club of Puget Sound for "at risk" African American girls.
1997 - BETTY BEAMAN JOHN, who with her husband, Dr. Henry John, founded Camp Ho Mita Koda for children with diabetes in 1929, which is today the oldest continuing camp for diabetic children in the world providing a model for other camps serving youngsters with chronic diseases and health problems.
1999 - OPERATION SMILE, so designated because volunteer teams of plastic surgeons travel overseas to perform operations on low-income children with cleft lip and palate problems, burn scars, and other skin abnormalities.
2000 - BROTHER JOHN MARTIN, S.J., Director of the Cincinnati, OH, Mary Magdalen House, an "oasis" for the poor and homeless individuals in Cincinnati's Over-The-Rhine neighborhood.
2001 - BROTHER RICHARD J. CURRY, S.J., Founder and Artistic Director of The National Theatre Workshop of the Handicapped since its establishment in 1977.
2003 - DAVID HOLMES MORTON, M.D., founder of the Clinic for Special Children. Also recognized is the contribution to this non-profit medical diagnostic service by Dr. Morton's wife, ARCOA'n Caroline Smith Morton The clinic was established in Lancaster County, PA, to deal with inherited disorders that occur in Pennsylvania Old Order Amish and Mennonite communities.
2005 - FISHER HOUSE FOUNDATION, for constructing and donating comfort homes at U. S. veterans' medical facilities throughout the country
2008 - TURNING POINTE DOMESTIC SERVICES OF SHELTON, WA, which has established a professional reputation in the surrounding area, serving 1500 persons in 2007.
2009 - HEIFER INTERNATIONAL, an organization dedicated to helping one family at a time achieve financial security with the gift of a farm animal and the expertise to care for it and then share its reproduction with a worthy friend or neighbor.
2010 - KIM PHUC FOUNDATION, named for the little girl pictured running down the road burned by napalm, and established in 1997 by VN veterans to fund the work of international organizations providing free medical assistance to victims of war and terrorism.
2011 - STAND DOWN, a national organization based in San Diego, CA, for establishment throughout the U.S. of weekend encampments for homeless veterans offering free medical care, camaraderie, and basic needs, as well as compassionate caregivers.
2012 - St. Louis Honor Flight, a non-profit organization started in 2005 when 6 small planes flew out of Springfield, Ohio, to take veterans to Washington DC. This organization is credited solely to honor American Veterans for all their sacrifices. Honor Flight transports the HEROES to Washington DC to visit and reflect at their memorials.
2013 - The D.O.V.E. (Development of Vietnam Endeavors) Fund is a non-profit corporation founded by several Vietnam veterans, Rotarians, and other concerned citizens in January 2000 in Toledo, Ohio. The goal is to provide humanitarian and development assistance to areas in Vietnam; to promote communication, education and cultural exchanges that reflect the best qualities of both cultures, and to create an environment brightened by hope and sustained by peace.