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 suffering. 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 www.concernusa.org.
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