Concern Worldwide US to Honor NBC's Ann Curry for Outstanding Humanitarian Reporting

International Humanitarian Aid Organization Hosts 4th Annual Women of

Concern Awards Luncheon

Jun 29, 2006, 01:00 ET from Concern Worldwide US

    NEW YORK, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Concern Worldwide US will honor Ann
 Curry of NBC's Today and Dateline for her dedication to reporting on
 humanitarian issues. Concern will present the award today as it proudly
 hosts its 4th Annual Women of Concern Luncheon, at New York City's
 Roosevelt Hotel. The annual event celebrates the great achievements of
 women in business and their contributions to the alleviation of human
     Hoda Kotb, Correspondent, Dateline NBC and Host, Your Total Health will
 serve as Mistress of Ceremonies while Concern Worldwide US Chairman, Thomas
 J. Moran, will present the award to Ms. Curry. Curry's distinguished career
 has included in-depth coverage of global humanitarian crises that occur
 everyday but are often ignored.
     "Engaging the media on the devastating yet forgotten humanitarian
 issues facing the developing world is an enormous challenge," said Siobhan
 Walsh, Concern Worldwide US Executive Director. "We commend the
 extraordinary efforts Ann has made on highlighting these issues in the last
 six months alone."
     Concern devotes itself to emergency and development work in thirty of
 the world's poorest countries, with a significant focus on women in all of
 its programs. Programs Concern develops and executes help improve access to
 health care, provide skills and literacy training and empower women
 financially through small business loans.
     "Our work is enabling the world's poorest women to reach their
 potential and become stronger, healthier, more confident, and independent,"
 stated Walsh.
     Guest speaker Louise Supple, Concern's Regional Director in Central
 Africa, will address the audience on her recent experience in the
 Democratic Republic of the Congo. Funds raised from the Women of Concern
 Awards Luncheon will support programs that give the world's most vulnerable
 women and children the tools to build a future that holds promise.
     Past honorees include Pat Mitchell, CEO of PBS (2005); Carole Black,
 CEO of Lifetime Entertainment (2004); and Eileen Naughton, President of
 Time, Inc. (2003).
     About Concern Worldwide US:
     Concern is an international humanitarian organization committed to the
 relief, assistance and advancement of people in need in the least developed
 countries of the world. Founded in Ireland in 1968, Concern now has over
 3,700 people working in 31 countries across the globe.
     Concern believes in a world where no one lives in fear, where all have
 access to a decent standard of living, and the opportunities essential to a
 long, healthy and creative life. Our mission is to help people living in
 absolute poverty achieve major improvements in their lives, improvements
 which are sustainable without ongoing support from Concern.
     For further information please call 212-557-8000, or 1-800-59-CONCERN
 or visit our web site

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