2012 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award Recipients Selected

The cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the 2012 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Steering Committee, have selected the recipients of the 2012 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards. The awardees will be honored Thursday, September 27th, at Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 S. Neil Street, Champaign, with a 5:45 p.m. reception and 6:30 p.m. dinner program.

“Very quietly members of our community go about making our world a much better place, either through their efforts here at home or abroad,” comments Joan Walls, Deputy City Manager for Community Relations. Honoring them is the intent of the Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards, she added. This year, two individuals and two organizations will be honored.

Winners this year are:

Individual Awards:

  • Eric Luedtke, Human Rights
  • Nianhua Wang, Research/Education

Organization Awards:

  • Scientific Animations Without Borders (SAWBO), Research/Education
  • Drs. Malcolm Hill, Melinda Dabrowski, Ty Melvin, & Jane Striegel (Wuqu’ Kawoq I Maya Health Alliance), Humanitarian Relief

The dinner to honor the award recipients is open to the public. Tickets ($35/each) must be purchased in advance and are available at the City of Champaign, Community Relations Office, 102 N. Neil Street, Champaign, or by calling 217.403.8830.

Mike Haile, “Mike in the Morning”, from WDWS/WHMS Radio Station will serve as the Master of Ceremony.

The Champaign-Urbana International Awards were originally created in 2003 to honor individuals/organizations whose work has contributed significantly to international understanding, cooperation, friendship and development; recognize the richness of Champaign County’s international contributions, concerns and commitments in a variety of arenas, including agriculture, hospitality, humanitarian relief, human rights, research/education, and trade and business; and educate the public about the connections that exist between our local and global community.

Biographical information on the awardees.