[Sarasota,FL– January 22, 2014] On Monday, March 17, 2014, AJC West Coast Florida will honor AJC’s Executive Director David Harris with its Human Relations Award and AJC Regional Vice President, Gerri Aaron with its prestigious Legacy of Leadership Award. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at Michael’s on East chaired by Bea Friedman, Larry and Debbie Haspel and Matt and Lisa Walsh, all past AJC award recipients.
The Human Relations Award is presented annually to individuals who reveal a thoughtful combination of humanitarian idealism and pragmatic engagement. David Harris, AJC’s Executive Director since 1990, has been described as “the consummate Jewish diplomat of our time.” David has been honored by numerous governments around the world for his international efforts in defense of human rights, advancement of the transatlantic partnership, and dedication to the Jewish people. He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and has a weekly spot on the CBS Radio Network.
The Legacy of Leadership Award is being given to Gerri Aaron, an extraordinary role model who has demonstrated a lifelong commitment to helping others. A resident of Sarasota, Philadelphia,Pennsylvania, and Long Beach Island,New Jersey, Gerri has lived a beautiful life of sharing and giving, along with her late husband, Daniel Aaron, one of the founders of Comcast Corporation. Together, their philanthropy encompasses many causes locally, nationally, and globally. Gerri was honored with AJC’s Human Relations Award in 2011, and soon thereafter was elected to serve as Regional Vice President.
In addition to honoring these distinguished humanitarians, the Award Dinner will introduce guests to AJC, the global advocacy organization that promotes a strong Jewish future and democratic values worldwide. For over a century, AJC has developed key relationships with prominent world leaders and forged coalitions with interreligious and interethnic groups to advance issues critical to the Jewish people worldwide and to the defense of democratic values. 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.