World Medical Relief (WMR) will honor Dr. Ernestina delos Santos-Mac with the Irene Auberlin award during its 63rd Anniversary Gala in the evening of Nov. 12 at the Shriners Silver Event Center in Southfield.
WMR President and CEO George V. Samson said Doctor Mac will be honored with the highest WMR’s award in recognition of her consistent, exemplary philanthropic activities that benefit poor people in Michigan and the Philippines.
Samson said that the Irene Auberlin award is seldom and rarely given, sometimes once every four years. The award is aimed at perpetuating the memory of Irene Auberlin, a Detroit housewife, who founded WMR in 1943 to help an orphanage in Korea during the Korean War.
Today, WMR is a full-time, private relief agency that donates medicines and medical supplies and equipment to many Third World countries, including the Philippines. Now based in Southfield, WMR has expanded its operations, enabling it to provide assistance to poor people.
The recent beneficiaries of its operations are the people of Haiti which was devastated by killer Huricane Matthew.
Samson is expected to make a detailed report on WMR’s expanded operations when he delivers his speech at the agency’s 63rd anniversary celebration.
Also to be honored at the celebration are volunteers who regularly go to WMR to do services such as sorting medicines and packaging medical supplies.
Samson noted that the number of volunteers at WMR has been steadily increasing since 2010. In 2010, WMR recorded 1,777. In 2015, there were 2,345 volunteers.