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The Humanitarian Award

The Lions Humanitarian Award is the highest honor of the association given to an individual or an organization with exemplary humanitarian efforts. This award includes a grant from LCIF of up to US$250,000 for continuing humanitarian activities. Lions clubs members may nominate deserving philanthropists, and the international president of Lions Clubs International and the LCIF chairperson select the winner. Prior recipients are listed below, in order of fiscal year.

2016-2017 Winner

Remote Area Medical

Based in Tennessee, Remote Area Medical (RAM) provides free healthcare services to populations without insurance or the ability to access them otherwise.  

 

 

Past Winners

  • Doctors Without Borders, 2015-16
  • Save the Children, 2014-15
  • David Foster, 2013-14
  • Andrea Bocelli, 2012-13
  • China Disabled Persons Federation, 2011-12
  • Rev. Franklin Graham, 2010-11
  • Wangari Maathai, 2009-10
  • Rev. Chris Riley, 2008-09
  • Muhammad Yunus, 2007-08
  • Dr. Timothy Shriver, 2006-07
  • Shri Dipchard Savraj Gardi, 2005-06
  • Dr. Arnall Patz, 2004-05
  • Dr. Billy Jang Hwan Kim, 2003-04
  • Greg Smith, 2002-03
  • Hugh O’Brian, 2001-02
  • Barbara Hendricks, 2000-01
  • Jim Stovall, 1999-00
  • His Majesty King Bhumipol Adulyadej, 1998-99
  • Dr. Martha MacGuffie, 1997-98
  • Dr. Zilda Arns Neumann, 1996-97    
  • Jimmy Carter, 1995-96
  • Sonia Gandhi, 1994-95
  • Dr. Arthur Jampolsky, 1993-94
  • Arvind N. Mafatlal, 1992-93
  • Dr. Carl Kupfer, 1991-92
  • Dr. Douglas Coster, 1990-91
  • Dr. Newton Kara Jose, 1989-90
  • Dr. M.C. Modi, 1988-89
  • Operation Eyesight Universal (OEU), 1987-88
  • Dr. Robert C. Gallo and Dr. Luc Montagnier, 1986-87
  • Mother Teresa, 1985-86
  • W. Clement Stone, 1984-85
  • Nancy Reagan, 1983-84
  • Art Linkletter, 1982-83
  • Koki Taiho, 1981-82
  • Robert W. Woodruff, 1980-81
  • The Salesian Sisters of St. John Bosco (Daughters of Mary Help of Christians) 1979-80
  • Rev. Robert Rumball, 1978-79
  • Sir John Wilson, 1977-78
  • Orlando Villas Boas, 1976-77
  • Dr. Jules Stein, 1975-76
  • Danny Thomas, 1974-75
  • Danny Kaye, 1973-74

 

 

Award Guidelines

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