2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Award Recipients Selected

The Cities of Champaign and Urbana, along with the 2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards Steering Committee, have selected the recipients of the 2016 Champaign-Urbana International Humanitarian Awards.  The award recipients will be honored Thursday, September 8, 2016, at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1501 South Neil Street, Champaign, with a 5:45 p.m. reception, and a 6:30 p.m. dinner program.  This year, two organizations and three individuals will be honored.

Winners this year are:

Individual Awards:

  • Dr. Omar Al-Heeti, Humanitarian Relief
  • DoMonique Arnold, Human Rights
  • Leanna Cossman, Humanitarian Relief

Organizational Awards:

  • Mi Raza Community Center, Hospitality
  • Walking With Angels, Research & Education

The event honoring the award recipients is open to the public.  Tickets are $35 each and must be purchased in advance from 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.


Media Contact: Rachel Joy | 217-403-8830 | Rachel.Joy@champaignil.gov