AJC honors Arthur H. Hertz with National Human Relations Award

Pictured (l-r) are Brian D. Siegal, director, AJC Miami and Broward; Mario J. Gabelli, money manager, Gabelli Asset Management Company; Arthur H. Hertz, chair and CEO, Wometco Enterprises Inc., and Leonard A. Wien Jr., president, AJC Miami and Broward.

Arthur H. Hertz was presented with the American Jewish Committee’s (AJC) National Human Relations Award during a gala dinner on Dec. 7 at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables.

The American Jewish Committee’s National Human Relations Award is presented to leading members of the business and civic community who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of life on local and national levels. It is awarded in recognition of their dedication to the welfare of the community at large and their devotion to the enrichment of the quality of life for people everywhere, and the generosity of their spirit, which has made a difference.

AJC will recognize Arthur Hertz’s unwavering dedication to philanthropic and civic endeavors and his dynamic com-mitment to strengthening the community of Miami. Through his time serving on the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees, as chief executive officer of the Wolfson Foundation, president of the Orange Bowl Committee, chair of Visit Florida, vice chair of the Florida Tourism Commission, chair of the Dade County Educational Facility Board and chair of the Dade County Public Health Trust, among many other leadership roles, Hertz has been an inspiration in bettering the community. He also is extremely supportive of AJC and its efforts to build a more secure and peaceful world.

Serving as co-chairs are Ronald Book, Bruce Jay Colan, Joe Natoli and Louis Wolfson III. Honorary chairs include Leonard Abess; U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson; U.S. Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen; U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, and Donna Shalala, president of the University of Miami. All are good friends of Hertz and good friends of those who care about the civic and cultural life, and future of Miami. Hertz is chair, CEO and controlling shareholder of Wometco Enterprises Inc., a private company that owns Marine Exhibition Corporation, owner/operator of Miami Seaquarium and Wometco de Puerto Rico Inc., the franchisee of 42 Baskin-Robbins and Dunkin’ Donuts in Puerto Rico.

AJC is the world’s leading Jewish Non- Governmental organization engaged in international diplomacy, defending human rights around the world, the protection and well-being of Jewish communities abroad and defending Israel’s right to peace and security.

AJC also has been working for over 105 years to reduce prejudice and promote greater tolerance and respect among all people in American society. The proceeds from this award dinner will be used to advance the organization’s work.

For more information visit online at www.ajc.org/miami.

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