A personal note from Linda:
All of us at Eternal Threads are so thrilled by this recognition for the work that we do. Jennifer Patterson and I attended the event in Las Vegas which was truly amazing. It is wonderful to have the honor, but more than that we are so pleased that this is a long term relationship with MedAssets and the Borlaug family. They couldn’t have been nicer and are sincerely interested in our work and want to support us in any way they can. We feel that we are part of the MedAssets family now.
I have to especially thank my nephew, Larry Egle, and Carol Copeland from Omaha who nominated me for this award. They’ve done an amazing thing for us. Thank you to everyone for your good wishes to me for this award. We couldn’t fulfill our mission and help the women we serve without your help and partnership!
MedAssets Recognizes Veteran U.S. Army Airborne Ranger Sean Parnell, Humanitarians Linda Egle, Jamie and Ali McMutrie for Dedicated Public Service
ATLANTA—April 9, 2013—MedAssets (NASDAQ: MDAS) today announced the recipients of the 2012 George Herbert Walker Bush Pacesetter Award and 2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, which were presented during the 2013 MedAssets Healthcare Business Summit, held April 2-4 in Las Vegas.
2012 Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award Winners Linda Egle, Jamie and Ali McMutrie
“Linda, Jamie and Ali each represent the spirit of the Norman Borlaug Humanitarian Award, and we celebrate the impact that their life’s work is making for women, children and families in need,” said Bardis. “Linda is empowering women around the world with an income source to avoid exploitation. Ali and Jamie are enriching the lives of children and families in Haiti with essential social services for survival and self-sustainability,” he said. “These amazing women are making the world a better place, one person at a time.”
In 2000, Linda Egle of Texas founded Eternal Threads, a non-profit artisan import organization that directly provides a fair trade wage to women artisans in developing countries. Linda’s life’s work began in 1988 during a mission trip to India to help educate children. Moved by the plight of Indian women and children at risk of extreme poverty and exploitation, she started Eternal Threads. Initially, she purchased lace and totes from women artisans in India. Today, Eternal Threads purchases handmade crafts from women in 12 developing countries. After paying an upfront fair trade wage, she sells the artisan crafts in the U.S. through a market that is lacking in the women’s own countries. Eternal Threads has returned 100 percent of its profits to hundreds of women around the world. In addition, Eternal Threads supports safe houses for girls rescued from human trafficking and funds anti-trafficking border units in Nepal, where more than 12,000 girls are trafficked each year. Working with local partners, Eternal Threads helps rescue, house, counsel and educate girls so that they can live a better life. Support Eternal Threads at www.eternalthreads.org.