Betty Ford Given Diamond Legacy Award

March 18th, 2009 - 1:01 am ICT by GD  

Betty Ford Five hundred glamorous people attended the inaugural Diamond award luncheon to benefit the Coachella Valley Alumnae Panhellenic’s scholarship fund.

The event honored Betty Ford with its first ever Diamond Legacy award. Since Betty was not attending, her daughter in law, Juliann Ford, son of Betty and Gerald Ford, John (Jack) accepted it on her behalf. Jim Hood presented the carved crystal trophy, which was designed by Baccarat.

Ford was honored because she had helped people get a new start when she went public about her fight against breast cancer and addiction to alcohol and other drugs. She had also founded the Betty Ford Center that has worked to rehabilitate 80,000 people so far.

The President of the Betty Ford Center, John Schwarzlose spoke highly of Betty Ford, speaking of how involved she has been with the working of the center and how much she had chipped in. He said, “In the first three days of opening the center, the employees were captives at a ‘dry run’ of the facility, when Betty realized there were no soap dishes, so she dragged her Secret Service protectors over to Kmart to purchase soap dishes for the clients.”

He also said that Mrs. Ford often met with the clients at the center to make them feel at home and to encourage them, adding, “Her goal was to help restore the dignity of every patient that came to the center.”

Mrs. Ford is said to have changed the way America looked at its First Ladies with her courage, candor and frankness.

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