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Foundation to Recognize Outstanding Volunteer Couple

The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present the 2009 Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award to William and Susan Friedlander at its Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Mr. and Mrs. Friedlander are being recognized for their individual and combined contributions to many local institutions.

(Sept. 15, 2009) - The Greater Cincinnati Foundation (GCF) will present the 2009 Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award to William and Susan Friedlander at its Annual Luncheon on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Mr. and Mrs. Friedlander are being recognized for their individual and combined contributions to many local institutions.

GCF’s Award, presented since 1987, recognizes the leadership and generosity of time provided by an individual or couple committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Cincinnati. The Award was named in honor of Jacob E. Davis, GCF’s first Governing Board Chair and Volunteer Director from 1978 to 1987.

Bill and Sue Friedlander have a long history of giving back to their hometown of Cincinnati. Bill, Chairman Emeritus of Bartlett & Co., has been involved with The Greater Cincinnati Foundation for more than 25 years.

Mr. Friedlander is currently on the boards of the Mercantile Library, the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, and the Walnut Hills High School Foundation. The long list of his volunteer activities also includes the Cincinnati Association for the Arts, the Jewish Hospital Board and the Wyoming School Board. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber named Bill a Great Living Cincinnatian in 1999.

Mrs. Friedlander also has an extensive volunteer career. She is currently on the Planned Parenthood Foundation Board, and has served on GCF’s Women’s Fund Leadership Council, the Cincinnati Association for the Blind, the Cincinnati Parks Foundation Board and the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra Board, to name a few. Sue was named an Enquirer Woman of the Year in 1997.

Together, Bill and Sue have been honored with the Humanitarian Award from the American Jewish Committee (2002), United Way’s Alexis de Tocqueville Award for Outstanding Service and Voluntarism (1998), and the Post-Corbett Lifetime Achievement Award (1997).

“Bill and Sue Friedlander epitomize the kind of deep, sustained commitment to giving, and to giving back, that is so essential for a vibrant and healthy community,” said GCF President/CEO Kathryn E. Merchant.

As the Jacob E. Davis Volunteer Leadership Award recipient, the Friedlanders have the privilege of designating a $10,000 grant to one or more local nonprofits. They have asked that it be divided between the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Tender Mercies.

GCF’s luncheon will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, September 22 at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Pavillion Ballroom.

A list of former Award recipients can be found here.


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