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Ronald McDonald House Charities Global

April 21, 2011 11:00 ET

RMHC Global Board Member Receives the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public and Community Service

Wai-Ling Eng, Global Board of Trustees Member for Ronald McDonald House Charities, Receives Prestigious National Award for Her Outstanding Commitment and Dedication to Changing the Lives of Those in Need

OAK BROOK, IL--(Marketwire - Apr 21, 2011) - Wai-Ling Eng, a member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®) Global Board of Trustees since 2005 and a McDonald's® Owner/Operator in the San Francisco Bay area since 1990 has been recognized with the Bay Area Jefferson Award, an award that honors community and public service in America. Through her volunteer work, her involvement with RMHC and her commitment to supporting the educational aspirations of outstanding students in her community, Wai-Ling Eng is an inspiration. Eng's story will air on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 on the 6PM CBS San Francisco news.

The Jefferson Awards are a prestigious national recognition system honoring community and public service in America and are presented on a national and local level. They were created in 1972 as a Nobel Prize for public service. Today, their primary purpose is to serve as a "Call to Action for Volunteers" in local communities.

Eng was nominated by Teresa Sampayan, mother of Andrew Manansala, a 2009 RMHC Scholarship award recipient. "This was a total surprise to me. I am honored and proud to be part of an organization that works so diligently to be part of the solution to improving the lives of children and their families by providing stability and vital resources, like education," said Wi-Ling Eng. "By providing financial aid for students who are excellent role models in their communities and have the initiative to fulfill their educational aspirations, RMHC continues to play an active role in making success possible for future leaders."

Eng has received other honorable distinctions. In October 2004, she was also recognized by the National Organization of Chinese Americans with the prestigious National Asian Pacific American Corporate Achievement Award. She was also presented with the National Community Service Award for her commitment to diversity in the community and commitment to unity among Asian-Pacific Americans and exemplary leadership. "Wai-Ling is a tremendous asset to RMHC. Her personal and professional achievements are a testament of her persistence, tenacity and desire to give back," said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC. "From her local community to our global system of programs servicing 4.5 million children and families each year, Wai-Ling is an invaluable leader."

Eng moved to the U.S. with her parents when she was a six years old. She is an inspiring example of a hard working woman, who values her heritage, tries to be a role model and helps make a difference in the lives of children, their families and their communities.

For more information on the history of the Jefferson Award, please visit

About Ronald McDonald House Charities
Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC), a non-profit, 501 (c) (3) corporation, creates, finds and supports programs that directly improve the health and well being of children. Through its global network of local Chapters in 52 countries and regions, its three core programs, the Ronald McDonald House®, Ronald McDonald Family Room® and Ronald McDonald Care Mobile®, and millions of dollars in grants to support children's programs worldwide, RMHC provides stability and resources to families so they can get and keep their children healthy and happy. All RMHC-supported programs provide a bridge to quality health care and give children and families the time they need together to heal faster and cope better. For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter (@RMHC), or like us on Facebook ( Global).

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