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Awards & Honors

We believe the opportunity to heal children and transform lives is the greatest honor there is. We're excited so many others agree. Here are a few of the prestigious awards and honors Operation Smile has received for its charitable work.


- Dr. William Magee, American Society of Maxillofacial Surgeons (ASMS) Tagliacozzi Award


- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, 2012 Humanitarian Award, LifeNet Health

- Project HOPE Global Health Impact Award; Washington, D.C.

- Special recognition from Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (VUFO) and The People's Aid Coordinating Committee (PACCOM) "...in recognition of leadership, commitment and continuing support to the people of Vietnam."


- Kathleen Magee, Zonta International Women's Achievement Award; The Zonta Club of Hampton Roads, VA

- Dr. William and Kathy Magee, U.S. News & World Report's "America's Best Leaders"


- Nonprofit Organization of The Year Award, by the DMA Nonprofit Federation; New York, NY


- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Distinguished Service Award Medal as Norfolk's First Citizens; Norfolk, VA

- Special Recognition from UNICEF for Operation Smile's 25th Anniversary and the World Journey of Smiles, "...for 25 years of outstanding work that has positively changed the lives of more than 100,000 children by repairing facial deformities. The World Journey of Smiles initiative that has provided treatment to 4,000 children in 25 countries is an excellent example of your commitment and dedication."

- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, The President's Call to Service Award, by President George W. Bush , presented by USAID; Washington, D.C.

- Make a Difference Award, by People to People International; Kansas City, Missouri

- The Vivian C. Mason Award, by The Urban League of Hampton Roads, Inc., Virginia


- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Greatest Irish-Americans of the Year, Irish America magazine


- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Operation Kids 2005 Lifetime Achievement Award, "in recognition of a lifetime of serving children."

- Kathleen Magee, Operation Smile Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award


- The Humanitarian Rose Award, The People's Princess Charitable Foundation, Inc., London, England, "...recognizes the heroes among us who supplement their own compassion with the power of the humanitarian spirit to effect change."

- The Wellness Award, Association of Healthcare Media Directors, New York


- Diwaliben Award, Diwaliben Mohanlal Mehta Charitable Trust, "For exemplary work in bringing smiles in the lives of children through medical intervention."

- Operation Smile Italy, The Congressional Award for Charity Services to Children, the Commissione Parlamentare per L'Infanzia (The Congressional Commission for Children)

- Kathleen Magee, The Medical Mission Hall of Fame, Toledo, OH

- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Greatest Irish-Americans of the Century, Irish America magazine

- Commendation from the County of Los Angeles, "In recognition of dedicated service to the affairs of the community and for the civic pride demonstrated by numerous contributions..."


- The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences - Volunteers in Humanitarian Medical Services

- Frank Annunzio Award in the Arts/Humanities/Humanitarian field from the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation

- William Magee, The Medical Mission Hall of Fame, Toledo, OH


- The Dubois Medal, Mount Saint Mary's College, Emmitsburg, MD, for, "...concern for others, respect for life, and the willingness to dedicate their lives to children..."

- Antonio Feltrinelli Prize for Exceptional Endeavors of Outstanding Moral and Humanitarian Value, from the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, which represents the National Academy of Science in Italy

- Eckerd 100 Honoree for 2001, Eckerd Salute to Women program

- Common Wealth Award for Distinguished Public Service


- Guinness Book of World Records, Most Reconstructive Surgery by a Travelling Team, "Operation Smile's 'World Journey of Hope '99' lasted from 5 Feb to 14 April 1999, during which time a team of medical volunteers visited 18 countries and treated 5,139 patients."

- American Medical Association's Pride in the Profession Award

- Kaanib ng Bayan Award, for contribution to Philippine progress and development at the Year 2000 Presidential Awards for Filipino Individuals and Organizations Overseas

- Friendship Award, Philippine American Foundation, “For its invaluable services in improving the lives of cleft palate victims in The Philippines."

- Kathy Magee, Woman of Achievement, Board of Directors of the Miss Norfolk Pageant, "...for her exemplary zeal, devotion and contributions..."

- Dr. William Magee, Medical Staff Award for Outstanding Contributions to the Medical Profession, Louise Obici Memorial Hospital

- Operation Smile Honduras, the Liquidambar Oro en el Grado de Gran Caballero, given for outstanding community service


- Kathleen Magee, Kellogg's Hannah Neil World of Children Award

- Dr. William and Kathleen Magee, Greatest Irish Americans of the Century, Irish America magazine

- International Humanity Award, American Red Cross Overseas Association

- National Jefferson Award, The American Institute for Public Service

- Kiwanis World Service Medal, Kiwanis International Board of Trustees

- Golden Plate Award, The American Academy of Achievement

- Charity Executive of the Year, The National Federation of Nonprofits

- Award of Excellence, Ronald McDonald House Charities

- Appreciation Certificate, The San Miguel de Heredia Rotary Club, "for outstanding and unselfish support to the Operation Smile Honduras Mission 1999."


- Distinguished Service Award, The American Society of Plastic Surgeons

- Spirit of Raoul Wallenberg Humanitarian Award, The American Swedish Historical Museum of Philadelphia

- Operation Smile Northwest Ohio Chapter, Misericordia et Cura Award, Mercy College of Northwest Ohio

- Outstanding Southerners Award, Southern Living

- Dr. William Magee, The Distinguished Service Award, The Plastic Surgery Education Foundation


- Servants of Peace Award, The UN representative to the Vatican

- U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits Operation Smile Vietnam

- U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Donna Shalala attends Operation Smile ceremony in Vietnam

- State Farm Insurance Salutes Life Heroes


- Recipient of the first $1 million Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize for "...exemplary and significant contributions to ease human suffering."

- Operation Smile Kenya, Honourable Mention for the Corporate Challenge, The United Nations Department of Public Information

- National Caring Award, Caring Institute of Washington, D.C.

- Vasco Nunez de Balboa Award, highest humanitarian award in Panama

- Plaque of Appreciation United Coconut Planters Bank Foundation, Inc.


- Plaque of Appreciation, Mindanao Sanitarium and Hospital for, "deep recognition of their distinguished, unselfish and meritorious service."


- Kathy Magee, Virginia Women's Annual Hall of Fame, The Virginia Council on the Status of Women

- Dr. William Magee, Dean's Faculty Achievement Award, Eastern Virginia Medical School


- Greatest Irish Americans of the Century, Irish America magazine


- Amazing Americans, People magazine


- President's Volunteer Action Award, presented by President George Bush

- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Community Service Award, Iota Omega Club of Norfolk, VA, "for dedicated service to mankind."

- Thomas L. Hofheimer Humanitarian Award, Jewish Community Center of Tidewater, VA

- Community Building Award, Free Masons, Ruth Masonic Lodge #89


- The Art of Public Service Presidential Award for Outstanding Citizenship, Hampton University, Hampton, VA

1988, 1999

- Audiences with Pope John Paul II 


- Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives, presented by President Ronald Reagan, "Your example encourages us and inspires others."

- Liberia Presidential Medal of Honor

- Regional Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club, Atlantic Region

- Dr. William Magee, Melvin Jones Fellow, Lions Clubs International Foundation


- Audience with Philippines President Corazon Aquino

- Service to Mankind Award, Sertoma Club, The Colonial of Virginia District

- Keys to the City Award for Service to Mankind from Manila, the Philippines and Manizales, Colombia


- Letter of Commendation from Mother Theresa

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