In February, the Country Radio Broadcasters will present Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan with the 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award at the Country Radio Seminar. The award recognizes an individual in the Country radio industry who has displayed a "magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community." The award is named in honor of CRB board member Tom Rivers, who died in 2004 at age 38 of bronchial asthma. Rivers was known for his work at WQYK in Tampa and WUSN in Chicago. He was also highly regarded for his public service. CRS Executive Director Bill Mayne said, "Jeff Smulyan epitomizes the definition of the Tom Rivers Humanitarian award. His commitment to broadcasting, service to community, and personal giving is recognized across our industry. It is our privilege to recognize his accomplishments in this arena."
Jeff Smulyan has supported numerous community organizations, including the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, the Bureau of Jewish Education (the Smulyan/Stolkin Education Center), Beth El Zedeck (Smulyan Lecture Series, whose speakers have included Bill Clinton and Al Gore), North Central High School, Academy Plus, Cathedral High School (the Smulyan Family Theatre), the Indianapolis Zoo (Samantha Smulyan Slash Zone), the International School, United Way, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Planned Parenthood, the Broadcasters Foundation, his alma mater, USC, and a host of other important Indiana-based organizations. He is currently working with Ball State, the Indianapolis Zoo, Orchard School, and Big Brothers/Big Sisters on further gifts.
He has served as board president of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, on the host committee of Indianapolis? Super Bowl bid, and led fundraising efforts at the Humane Society, Indianapolis Arts Council, Fairbanks Hospital, PlayBall Indiana, and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Under Smulyan?s direction, Emmis has contributed millions through cash and in-kind donations, sponsorships, and other fundraising efforts. Indianapolis Monthly supports the Christamore House (annual book and author event; Heather Smulyan is also a member of the Christamore Guild), the St. Margaret Guild (annual Decorator Show House, in support of Eskanazi Hospital), the American Heart Association (in conjunction with Emmis-Indy Radio), and a host of others. Emmis-Indy Radio (WIBS, HANK FM, THE FAN, and B105.7) supports numerous community efforts, including the Salvation Army?s Radiothon, which is now in its 17th year.
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