The World Citizen Award Dinner serves as a high profile award dinner that honors a prominent citizen or organization with accomplishments and achievements of international significance. Past recipients include Rev. Billy Graham, William Lee, Hugh McColl, Jr., Dr. LeRoy Walker, Dean Rusk, Elizabeth Dole, William Friday, John M. Belk, Herman Blumenthal, Millard Fuller and Habitat for Humanity Charlotte, Charlie Rose, Loonis McGlohon, General Hugh Shelton (Ret.), Irwin Belk, and most recently Dr. Francis Robicsek, Chairman of the Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery at Carolinas Medical Center, Jerry Richardson, owner of the Carolina Panthers, Erskine and Crandall Bowles, Dr. Graham Allison, Carolinas Freedom Foundation, Jim Rogers, CEO, President and Chairman of Duke Energy Corporation and Marshall O. Larsen, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Goodrich Corporation, Smoky and Margaret Bissell and Michael C. Tarwater, Chief Executive Officer of Carolinas HealthCare System. In 2016, WACC will honor Philip L. Dubois, Chancellor of UNC Charlotte.