December 6, 2012 – New York – Hundreds of media and corporate executives from across the country gathered for an AJC dinner in honor of Stephen M. Lacy, Chairman and CEO of the Meredith Corporation. The head of the global media conglomerate received AJC’s prestigious National Human Relations Award in recognition of his philanthropic and civic endeavors and the Meredith Corporation’s exemplary corporate citizenship.
“I proudly accept this award on behalf of everyone at Meredith Corporation,” said Lacy. “Like AJC, we are proud of our shared values of respect for human dignity and service to others.”
“The work that AJC does advancing human rights and democratic values is near and dear to my values, and to Meredith Corporation’s values as well,” said Lacy. “AJC’s work in bridging gaps and creating mutual understanding is truly commendable.”
The inscription on the AJC award to Lacy states: “Gifted leader, visionary strategist, and civic champion, you have uplifted your community and the world around you.”
Gayle Butler, editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens, who presented the award, said of Lacy that “Humanitarianism springs from the heart. Those of us who work alongside Steve Lacy know first-hand his extraordinary commitment to bettering the lives around him.”
Frédéric Rozé, President and Chief Executive Officer of L’Oreal USA, served as Honorary Dinner Chair. Thomas H. Harty, President of Meredith National Media Group, and Paul A. Karpowicz, President of Meredith Local Media Group, served as Dinner Co-Chairs.
Rabbi Noam Marans, AJC’s Director of Interreligious and Intergroup Relations, presented an overview of the global advocacy organization.
The Meredith Corporation reaches 100 million consumers monthly across multiple lines of distribution, including print, television, online, mobile, and video. It is the leading media and marketing company serving American women, and the industry leader in such areas as home, family, health and personal development.
AJC is the global Jewish advocacy organization, with headquarters in New York, 26 regional offices across the U.S., and nine offices around the world. The New York Times has called AJC “the dean of American Jewish organizations.”