The hostess of the White House will be commended for her community service at a special ceremony in Florida on Feb. 19.
Melania Trump has won Palm Beach Atlantic University’s 2020 Woman of Distinction award for cherishing the community and family and preserving these ideals for future generations.
The organizer commended the first lady as an “exquisite human being, a magnificent wife and life partner, a superb mother, and an outstanding first lady.”
“[She] represents us brilliantly in the United States and worldwide,” event co-chairwoman Eileen Burns said according to the Palm Beach Post. “Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her.”
The award recognizes select women for “charitable leadership of organizations that support the arts, education, health care and other community initiatives.” The first lady’s Be Best campaign was recognized for promoting children’s social and emotional wellbeing through focusing on cyberbullying, drug abuse, and other issues affecting them.
“Its mission is to address issues facing children today by concentrating on three main pillars: wellbeing, online safety, and opioid abuse,” the paper said. “Trump has traveled across the country and internationally to highlight programs and people who are dedicated to helping children overcome these modern day concerns.”
This is the first time the university’s appointed steering committee chose an honoree who was currently serving as the first lady.
“First ladies define the history of our country” event co-chairwoman Frances Fisher told the paper. “We are honored to recognize Mrs. Trump as a Woman of Distinction and the only first lady since Mrs. Kennedy to be a Palm Beach resident. This will be a truly memorable event.”
The award recipient will be invited to a Women of Distinction luncheon at the Breakers Palm Beach resort, 74 miles north of downtown Miami. Proceeds raised at the award ceremony are promised to help fund scholarships for female students attending the university.
“As a Christ-first independent university, Palm Beach Atlantic emphasizes learning, leadership and service with its excellent academics and character-strengthening initiatives such as its nationally recognized community service program called Workship,” a university spokeswoman told The Hill. “To date, students have provided more than 3.5 million hours of volunteer service to nonprofits, schools, and churches. Palm Beach Atlantic’s emphasis on encouraging the potential of each person aligns with Mrs. Trump’s platform as first lady.”
Some of the many previous recipients of the Women of Distinction Award include Helen Messic Ross, Carolyn Buckley, Anita Hamilton Michaels, Nicki Harris, Hillie Mahoney, Patricia Cook, Kathryn Vecellio, Kit Pannill, and Nancy Brinker.