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Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, ADA humanitarian, honored by White House, Rotary International

May 07, 2013

By Stacie Crozier, ADA News staff

Champion: Dr. Jeremiah Lowney, center, takes the podium during a White House ceremony honoring a dozen Rotary member Champions of Change for their humanitarian service. Also pictured are fellow 2013 champions Walter Hughes Jr. and Harriett Schloer. Photo by Monika Lozinska.
Washington—ADA Humanitarian Award recipient and U.S. Rotary club member Dr. Jeremiah Lowney was honored at the White House April 5 as one of 12 Champions of Change.

Rotary and the White House recognized the champions for their humanitarian service. More than 160 Rotary club members attended a morning of briefing sessions with White House administration experts, discussing health, violence prevention and the environment. There are more than 1 million Rotarians worldwide.

Dr. Lowney, founding president of the Haitian Health Foundation and an orthodontist in Norwich, Conn., was honored as the ADA Humanitarian Award recipient in 2011. Since 1982, his umbrella organization has worked to provide more than 225,000 Haitians with food, shelter, sanitation, livelihood and education. A project that began as a dental program is now one of Haiti's major health outreach programs, with 200 full time employees, mostly Haitian, and an annual budget of $4 million.

“I was so honored to be included as a Champion of Change,” Dr. Lowney said. “There was a reception at the National Press Club April 4 and the next day we were at the White House for the presentation. The winners described their work and I was proud to be a part of such an impressive group.”

Profiles of this year's winners and more information can be found on White House website:

“It is a great honor to see these dedicated Rotary members recognized by the U.S. White House as Champions of Change for their work to improve the lives of people around the world,” said Rotary International President Sakuji Tanaka, who also attended. “Their commitment to humanitarian service reflects that of our worldwide membership of 1.2 million men and women, all of whom deserve to share in this recognition.”

Dr. Lowney also received a letter from President Barack Obama, thanking him for his service and congratulating him on the honor.

“From the earliest days of our founding, our nation has been shaped by ordinary people who have dared to dream and used their unique skills to do extraordinary things,” President Obama wrote. “Americans like you help carry this tradition forward by reaching for new ideas that will help our country win the future. You and your fellow Champions embody the change you want to see in the world. Together, we will out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world to keep our country strong.”

The ADA Division of Global Affairs accepts nomination for the ADA Humanitarian Award each year through Sept. 15. More information about the award can be found here.