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First Lady Melania Trump receives award from Palm Beach Atlantic University

Posted at 7:44 AM, Feb 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-19 13:52:15-05

PALM BEACH, Fla. — (WPTV/AP) - First Lady Melania Trump is in Palm Beach Wednesday to accept Palm Beach Atlantic University's 2020 Woman of Distinction award.

She's specifically being recognized for her contributions to the community and issues affecting children.

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The 29th Annual Awards Luncheon began at noon at The Breakers on Palm Beach.

During a speech that lasted about eight minutes, the first lady thanked the university for the award and her mother and father who were in attendance.

Melania Trump said as first lady of the United States it is a "great honor to serve the people of this incredible country."

The first lady told the 550 attendees at Palm Beach Atlantic University's “Women of Distinction” luncheon Wednesday that her anti-cyber bullying and anti-drug abuse initiative has been a success.

Melania also spoke about opioid addiction and its impact on America's children and said for the first time in 29 years drug overdose deaths have dropped by more than 4 percent.

The 2,500-student university says it honored the first lady for her compassion and kindness, calling her a worldwide role model.