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John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award

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The John C. Whitehead Humanitarian Award was created in recognition of the half-century of transformational leadership and support that John dedicated to the International Rescue Committee (IRC). The Whitehead Award is presented each year at the IRC’s annual dinner to individuals whose sustained commitment embodies John’s spirit and passion for humanitarian causes, and who have made significant contributions to saving and improving lives around the world. Established in February 2015, the award honors the value of civic engagement and memorializes John Whitehead’s lifelong commitment to humanity through selfless, courageous, creative, and compassionate acts.


Josh Weston 

The Mack Family: Christy K. and John J. Mack; Jenna A. Mack; John C. Mack; Stephen K. Mack

Liv Ullmann 

Larry Fink 

Judith and Russell Carson