Melania Trump is being recognized by Palm Beach Atlantic University this year as its ‘Woman of Distinction.’
‘Woman of Distinction’
The private Christian school’s spokeswoman said the award recognizes particular women for their “charitable leadership of organizations that support the arts, education, healthcare and other community initiatives.”
The spokeswoman added that this is the first time the steering committee chose to recognize a first lady with the award. Trump will also be recognized next month as part of the honors at a Women of Distinction luncheon. which the school has held for more than twenty years.
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“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,” the spokeswoman said.
“In fact, Workship, a coined term combining ‘work’ and ‘worship’ dates back to the University’s founding in 1968,” she went on. “To date, students have provided more than 3.5 million hours of volunteer service to non-profits, schools and churches. Palm Beach Atlantic’s emphasis on encouraging the potential of each person aligns with Mrs. Trump’s platform as First Lady.”
‘Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her’
The Palm Beach Post reports that the event will be held on Feb. 16 with proceeds going to a scholarship fund for women.
One of the event’s chairwomen, Eileen Burns, told the Post that “Melania is a perfect example of a Woman of Distinction and we are most proud to honor her.”
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‘Our first lady is an exquisite human being’
“Our first lady is an exquisite human being, a magnificent wife and life partner, a superb mother and an outstanding first lady, who represents us brilliantly in the United States and worldwide,” she continued.
“First ladies define the history of our country,” said Frances Fisher, who also will be chairing event. “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.”
During her time as first lady, Melania Trump has tackled issues like child well-being and cyberbullying under her “Be Best” campaign.