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International Medical Corps Pays Tribute to Humanitarian Partners at 2012 Awards Celebration; GE to be Honored, Ewan McGregor to Present Special Award

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 27, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- International Medical Corps will hold its 2012 Annual Awards Celebration to honor dedicated supporters who have helped the organization deliver humanitarian relief to communities devastated by conflict or disaster.

GE will accept the Global Citizen Award for its longstanding, generous support of International Medical Corps' work. GE's rapid response to communities affected by humanitarian crisis, and its investment in training local health care workers, are testament to its commitment to improving access to quality health care for the world's most vulnerable populations. GE's support has enabled International Medical Corps to provide lifesaving services, training, and equipment to communities in Darfur, Chad, Central African Republic, Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia, Lebanon, Libya and Yemen by providing medical care to those most in need. This award will be accepted by Bob Corcoran, President & Chairman of GE Foundation.

As part of a special presentation with LIONSGATE, Ewan McGregor will present the Courage Award to J.A. Bayona, director of The Impossible.  Based on a true story, the film, starring McGregor and Naomi Watts, portrays one family's struggle to survive the catastrophic 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.  Bayona powerfully depicts one of the worst natural disasters of recent times, and the immense physical and emotional impact it had on people's lives.

Elizabeth Manga, an International Medical Corps health worker in Sierra Leone, will receive the Founder's Award for her inspirational dedication and compassion in carrying out the organization's mission, in the midst of conflict in her country. 

International Medical Corps President & CEO Nancy Aossey, who marks 25 years of service, will accept the Special Leadership Award for her unwavering dedication and fierce commitment to helping the hardest-hit communities around the world.   Since joining the organization as its start-up CEO in 1986, she has transformed International Medical Corps from a small humanitarian nonprofit with a handful of employees, into a world leader in medical crisis response and recovery, delivering more than $1.3 billion of health services and training to tens of millions of people in nearly 70 countries.

Jarl Mohn, a dedicated and long-time supporter of International Medical Corps, will return as Master of Ceremonies of the December 4th event to be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Since its founding in 1984, Los Angeles-based International Medical Corps has responded to nearly every disaster in the last quarter century, including the Rwandan genocide, the Indian Ocean tsunami, the earthquake in Haiti, the famine in East Africa and the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

To purchase tickets or find more information about the 2012 Annual Awards Celebration: http://internationalmedicalcorps.org/2012AwardsCelebration

Since its inception nearly 30 years ago, International Medical Corps' mission has been consistent: relieve the suffering of those impacted by war, natural disaster, and disease, by delivering vital health care services and sustainable development projects that focus on training. This approach of helping people help themselves is critical to returning devastated populations to self-reliance. For more information visit:  www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org.  Also see us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

SOURCE International Medical Corps

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