THE world is full of businessmen but few give as generously as Bob Ingham.
Mr Ingham received the 2013 Liverpool Citizen of the Year award on Saturday for his dedication to the community.
Mr Ingham is the sole owner of Ingham Enterprises, a family poultry business his father Walter Ingham established in 1918.
In 2003, Mr Ingham and his late brother Jack became Officers of the Order of Australia for their services to the poultry industry and as pioneers in research, development and establishment of world's best-practice standards for thoroughbred racing.
The Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research is a project that highlights his community spirit.
Mr Ingham started lobbying for the institute in 1996 and donated $5 million towards the project.
The institute, housed in a purpose-built research facility constructed on the grounds of Liverpool Hospital, was opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on October 23.
The Ingham family also supports a broad range of charities, including the Australian Red Cross, Mission Australia, the Salvation Army, the Sydney Cancer Centre, CareFlight, the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Youth Off The Streets.
Mr Ingham's daughters Lyn Ingham and Debbie Kepitis accepted the award on Saturday on behalf of their father.
"Dad's very humbled and proud of being recognised by the community he's lived in and worked in all his life," Mrs Kepitis said.
"Liverpool has always been the backbone of his business, Ingham Enterprises, and now it is also the location of the recently opened Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research, of which he is a founding benefactor.
"We and all his family continue to be amazed at what he has achieved and done, both personally and for others in so many ways. It is wonderful to see him recognised in this way," Mrs Kepitis said.