|[Sarasota, FL – November 12, 2013] Tomorrow, November 13th, the West Coast Florida Region of AJC (American Jewish Committee) will honor Teri A Hansen, President and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation, with its 2013 Civic Achievement Award. Attendance is expected to reach 400 people, making this the largest event of its kind ever hosted by the West Coast Region of AJC. The dinner, to be held at Michael’s On East, will include a cocktail reception beginning at 6:00 pm with dinner following. The Dinner Chairs are Chuck and Margie Barancik, David and Edie Chaifetz, and Ben and Stacy Hanan.
“This celebrated award is given to individuals whose contributions have helped to uplift the shared life of our community, as Teri Hansen has so ably and repeatedly done,” said Brian Lipton, regional director of AJC West Coast of Florida. Hansen will be recognized for her extensive professional and personal accomplishments and her involvement in civic, communal, and organizational activities that serve the greater good.
Hansen has been President and CEO of Gulf Coast Community Foundation since 2002. Under her leadership, Gulf Coast recently surpassed $155 million in grants invested in the community. Hansen oversees foundation initiatives that aid in hunger relief in the community, help stabilize homeless students and their families, and provide job training to lift low-skilled workers. “These programs, along with many others she leads, show Teri’s commitment and dedication to those less fortunate, and makes her very deserving of this honor,” said Lipton.
Hansen also volunteers her leadership nationally, statewide, and regionally. She is immediate past chair of the Council on Foundations’ Community Foundations Leadership Team, a past president of Community Foundations of Florida, and a board member of the Florida Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She was recently elected to the board of directors of the Economic Development Corporation of Sarasota County. Among her past recognitions, Hansen was named one of the “50 Most Powerful People on the Gulf Coast” by the Business Observer in 2011, and she has received the Tampa Bay Partnership Chair’s Cup for Excellence in Regionalism and the Girls Inc. of Sarasota County “She Knows Where She’s Going” award.
In addition to honoring Hansen, the Award Dinner will introduce guests to AJC, the oldest human relations agency in the United States. For more than 100 years, AJC has sought to advance the peace and security of the Jewish people through high-level diplomacy, strong legislative advocacy, and effective interreligious and interethnic coalitions. AJC is the preeminent global Jewish advocate. To learn more about AJC, please visit www.ajc.org. For additional information on the award dinner, please contact AJC Regional Director Brian Lipton at (941) 365-4955 or firstname.lastname@example.org.