In a private reception at the White House, Mrs. Bush personally accepted the award from Childhelp Co-Founders Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson. Also in attendance were Childhelp National Board members and Childhelp Celebrity Ambassadors Rick Schroder, Casper Van Dien and Catherine Oxenberg.
“The First Lady truly deserves the Woman of the World award because of her never ending commitment to children in the United States and across the world,” said Childhelp Co-Founder and CEO Sara O’Meara. “With the Helping America’s Youth Initiative, her Character and Community Initiative and her global efforts for children- she exemplifies the mission of Childhelp and makes helping children a priority in her life.”
Since 1964, the Woman of the World award has recognized outstanding contributions by women who have bettered children’s lives and humankind in general. Past recipients who have personally accepted the Woman of the World Award include: Oprah Winfrey, Barbara Bush, Lynne Cheney, Betty Ford, Jane Seymour, Cheryl Ladd, Kathie Lee Gifford, Barbara Sinatra, Betty White, Mary Hart, Marlo Thomas and Abigail Van Buren.
Photo caption: (L to R) Back row- Childhelp National Board member Don Zimmer, Palm Springs, CA; Executive Director John Reid- Paradise Valley, Ariz.; National Board member Patti Edwards, Newport Beach, CA; National Board member Ralph Ochoa, Sacramento, CA. Middle row: Childhelp Celebrity Ambassador Ricky Schroder from Topanga, Calif.; National Board member Carol Hebets- Paradise Valley, Ariz.; National Board member Gloria Sutherland, Gilbert, AZ; National Board member Vita Cortese, Los Angeles, CA; National Board member and Celebrity Ambassador Joyce Bulifant- Palm Desert, Calif.; National Board member Connie Olsen, Bozeman, MT; National Board member Dan Wilhelm, Phoenix, AZ; National Board member Jill Babb, Flagstaff, AZ; Celebrity Ambassadors Catherine Oxenberg and Casper Van Dien- Malibu, Calif.; and Executive Vice President of the National Board Jim Hebets- Paradise Valley, Ariz. Front row: Childhelp Co-Founder and CEO Sara O’Meara- Paradise Valley, Ariz.; First Lady of the United States, Mrs. Laura Bush and Childhelp Co-Founder and President Yvonne Fedderson- Paradise Valley, Ariz.