One of her finest moments in golf was at a couples
tournament in Palm Springs, where, upon completion of their round,
a voice on the loudspeaker announced the scores: Bob Hope - 78,
Dolores Hope - 76!
Some recent highlights of the past few years included
sponsoring/christening the USNS BOB HOPE (AK-300) in New Orleans,
the unveiling of a new C-17 - "THE SPIRIT OF BOB HOPE"
in Santa Monica, California, and sharing the applause from the members
of Congress as Bob was made an honorary veteran at a celebration
in the Capitol Rotunda in Washington D.C. And Bob stood on the sidelines
as Dolores received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the
Palm Springs Walk of Fame.
At St. Charles Borremeo Catholic Church in North Hollywood they shared honors as Cardinal
Mahony of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles presented them with papal
honors from Pope John Paul II - Knight and Dame of St. Gregory the
Great with Star. Dolores is one of four women in the world to have been
presented the Dame of St. Gregory with Star. And they both received
the Chancellor Medal from the University of California, Riverside.
In September 1999, Dolores received the Terence Cardinal Cooke
Humanitarian Award from Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center at their
annual Charity Ball at the Waldorf Astoria. She received
the Winnie Palmer Humanitarian Award from the Metropolitan Golf
Writers Association and the Patronal Medal from the Catholic University
of America by Monsignor Bransfield of the National Shrine in Washington,
Meanwhile, back in the Bronx, a street has been named after her
- Dolores DeFina Hope; she has been inducted into the Bronx Walk
of Fame and at the famous New York Botanical Garden the permanent installation of the Tree Peony
Collection bears her name.
Dolores Hope has been honored, feted and esteemed - she has seven
Honorary Doctorates. She has been the Honorary Mayor of Palm Desert
five times, named "Woman of the Year" by the Los Angeles
Times and honored with "The Wind Beneath My Wings Award"
from the Betty Clooney Foundation. Among her other awards are "Chicago
Lady of the Year" from Notre Dame University, the "Eleanor
Darnell Carroll Award" from Georgetown University, The Cardinal's
Award from Caridnal Mahony and honors from the National Committee
of Catholic Women (in Chicago) presented by Cardinal Bernardin.
The Helping Hand Organization of Cedars-Sinai Hospital named her
"Outstanding Mother of the Year."
Loyola College in Baltimore gave her "The President's Medal."
St. Louis University named her "Outstanding Catholic Laywoman."
The Holy Family Adoption Service gave her the "Gift of Life
Award." Seton Hall College presented her with the "Elizabeth
Seton Medal Award" in recognition of her Christian virtues
and she is also a recipient of the Humanitarian Scopus Award and
the Coveted Criss Award.
Recognized for both her Italian and Irish heritage, she was awarded
the Lifetime Achievement Award for Humanitarian Services by the
National Italian American Foundation; the Distinguished Leadership
Award by the American Ireland Fund, and the Ellis Island Medal of
Honor. It is amazing that she had any time for singing.
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