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Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) Awards of Excellence Honors Peter and Virginia Ueberroth, Dr. Catherine D. Deangelis and Lionel Whitehead
Date:11/3/2008

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OAK BROOK, Ill., Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Ronald McDonald House Charities(R) (RMHC(R)) hosted its 24th Annual Awards of Excellence celebration on Saturday, November 1 in Rosemont, Ill. to recognize individuals who have made outstanding contributions to improve the lives of children.

The annual event presented three prestigious awards to individuals selected from across the globe, including:

-- Peter & Virginia Ueberroth, founders of the Ueberroth Family Foundation, honored with the RMHC Award of Excellence for their commitment to assisting local community-based groups and programs that promote social change.

-- Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis, editor-in-chief of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and professor of pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, honored with the RMHC Medical Award of Excellence for her contributions in the areas of pediatric medicine and medical education.

-- Lionel Whitehead, McDonald's(R) owner/operator and dedicated philanthropist, honored with the Gerry Newman McTLC Award of Excellence for his legacy of leadership and commitment to RMHC that led to the establishment of the first Ronald McDonald House(R) in New Zealand.

"We are honored to recognize these extraordinary individuals for their ongoing contributions to improving the lives of children everywhere," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO of Ronald McDonald House Charities. "Children around the world would not have a chance at a better life if it weren't for the dedication and commitment of people like the Ueberroths, Dr. DeAngelis and Lionel Whitehead."

An Evening of Celebration

As part of their recognition, Peter and Virginia Ueberroth and Dr. Catherine D. DeAngelis were each awarded a $100,000 grant that will be donated to The Ueberroth Foundation a
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