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World Food Prize Foundation to Announce Recipient of 2019 Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award


In recognition of the late Governor Robert D. Ray’s global humanitarian leadership and in honor of what would have been his 91st birthday, the World Food Prize Foundation will announce and introduce the recipient of the annual Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award.

WHEN: Thursday, September 26, at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  The World Food Prize Hall of Laureates, 100 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, in the Iowa Gallery, Second Floor. (The Iowa Gallery features artwork by Iowa artists, all depicting Iowa’s greatest humanitarian and agricultural moments in history. One beautiful painting by Rose Frantzen commemorates Governor Ray’s lifesaving work with the victims of genocide in Cambodia.)

WHAT: Press Briefing with Award Recipient and World Food Prize President Ambassador Kenneth Quinn

BACKGROUND: The World Food Prize Foundation established the Robert D. Ray Iowa SHARES Humanitarian Award in 2013 in recognition of the exceptional leadership that former Governor Ray demonstrated in dealing with multiple situations affecting refugees in Indochina and to honor him on his birthday (September 26). In doing so, the award was named after the Iowa SHARES campaign, which the Governor created in 1979 to provide desperately needed food and medicine to suffering and dying Cambodian refugees in Thailand. Iowa SHARES stands for Iowa Sends Help to Aid Refugees and End Starvation.

The award is given annually to honor an Iowan who has provided significant leadership in confronting hunger and alleviating human suffering, both at home and abroad. The award will be formally presented to the recipient at the Iowa Hunger Summit Luncheon on October 14 in Des Moines.

DETAILS:  Please arrive between 10 a.m.  and 10:15 a.m. and use the East Riverwalk Entrance. On site, please contact Nicole Barreca with any questions, at 563-271-2995.

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