Mindful of the vital support received from community leaders and volunteers, Lycoming County United Way (LCUW) annually awards it highest volunteer honor with the presentation of the Douglas C. Dickey Humanitarian Award. The organization’s 2011 Dickey award will be presented to George J. Tsunis, Founder, Chairman and CEO of Chartwell Hotels, at the April 11 LCUW Annual Meeting at the Holiday Inn in Williamsport.
Named in honor of Douglas C. Dickey, a past LCUW president lost in the crash of TWA Flight 800, the award is presented to an individual whose dedication, commitment, and outstanding
leadership have made a significant contribution to the welfare of Lycoming County. The award was first presented in 1947 as the Lycoming United Way Award and renamed in 1997 to honor Dickey’s memory and contributions to the local United Way.
Tsunis becomes the 66th honoree so selected over the years.
“The selection committee for this award is comprised of individuals who themselves have been past recipients of the award,” explained Scott N. Lowery, LCUW executive director. “These
volunteers are in the best position to understand the importance of this award to our United Way and have previously exhibited the credentials necessary to achieve the honor. George has been very generous to both the community and our United Way, the committee was quick to agree he deserves the special recognition.”
“George is a three year member of United Way’s prestigious Tocqueville Society,” said Lowery. “In addition, he provides us with office space at a price we can afford and frequently hosts events at the Williamsport Holiday Inn for us, such as the annual volunteer appreciation reception so that we can recognize our volunteers without incurring any expense.”
“In addition to helping the United Way, he has sponsored other events including the recent Children’s Development Center charity event at Blaise Alexander’s farm as well as other behind the scenes contributions,” noted Lowery. “We are honored to be considered the beneficiaries of his generosity in so many ways.”
Tsunis is the owner and operator of numerous real estate ventures, including shopping centers, restaurants and office buildings in the northeast. He currently serves as a member of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of the United States and a member of its Faith Endowment. As an Archon of the Ecumenical Patriarchate Order of Saint Andrew he serves on its National Council. Tsunis is also a member of the Brookings Institution’s Foreign Policy Leadership Committee and its Metropolitan Leadership Council and has previously served as a Trustee at Dowling College and the Board of Visitors at Touro Law School.
Tsunis is the recipient of the Dowling College Presidential Medal, the Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award for Long Island Cares, the WLIW Channel 21 Honoree, Long Island Business News 40
most influential people on Long Island under 40 years old and the recipient of the Cyprus Federation’s Justice for Cyprus Award.
Tsunis received his Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University and his Juris Doctor from St. John’s University School of Law. Tsunis and his wife Olga live on Long Island, New York with their three children.
Asked why he chooses to be so generous, and Tsunis simply stated, “When you receive your hands are full, when you give your heart is full.”
Tsunis will receive The Dickey Award from Steve Johnson, president and CEO of Susquehanna Health, the 2010 LCUW honoree.