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Master Cheng Yen Receives 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award

On Sunday, 9 Oct 2011, the President and CEO of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt Institute, Andrew Rich and Roosevelt Institute board chair Anna E. Roosevelt presented the 2011 Distinguished Public Service Award to Dharma Master Cheng Yen, founder of Tzu Chi Foundation, at a ceremony in Hualien, Taiwan.


The Distinguished Public Service Award is granted to leaders from all areas of civil society who demonstrate a lifetime commitment to outstanding public service, providing an occasion to reflect upon the values that inspire such leadership – values that US's 32nd President, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt exemplified throughout their lives.

Known for its ability to quickly overcome obstacles of distance, politics, and culture, Tzu Chi has established a remarkable record of achievement: building hospitals for the sick; homes for the homeless, and bringing hope and relief to hundreds of thousands in the wake of the 2004 and 2011 tsunamis in Indonesia and Japan; after the devastation of hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; and in the terrible hours and days following the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the Roosevelt Institute writes in the announcement made on its website.

The institute also recognizes Tzu Chi Foundation in that "much like Mr Franklin Roosevelt, who once said that the 'test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have too much; it is whether we provide enough to those who have too little,' the Tzu Chi Foundation has dedicated itself to these simple yet profound principles.

"Thanks to its adherence to these ideas, and to the compassionate vision of its founder, Dharma Master Cheng Yen, millions of people all over the world have been able to embrace the hope and promise of a better life."

The Roosevelt Institute is a non-profit organization devoted to carrying forward the legacy and values of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt. The Institute is the nonprofit partner to the FDR Presidential Library and Museum and a progressive policy idea and leadership development organization headquartered in New York City with offices in Washington, DC and Hyde Park, New York.


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