DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — The George W. Bush Presidential Center is honoring Bill and Melinda Gates with its annual award for those who work to improve the lives of others.

Former President George W. Bush and former first lady Laura Bush on Thursday evening in Dallas will present Bill and Melinda Gates with the George W. Bush Medal for Distinguished Leadership.

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The center says this year’s daylong leadership forum will focus on those “tackling today’s most pressing challenges with compassion.”

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Bill Gates, who co-founded Microsoft, and his wife, a Dallas native, formed the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. A focus of the foundation is global health and development.

The Bush center presented its inaugural leadership medal last year to Bono, lead singer of the band U2, for his humanitarian work against poverty and diseases including HIV/AIDS.

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