Statement as issued Thursday:
Each spring at the Humanitarian of the Year annual luncheon, the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana, the world’s largest humanitarian organization, recognizes a local person whose efforts and accomplishments have made our community a better place to live and work.
This year, Don Wolf will be honored as a community-wide humanitarian. Don is the former CEO of Do-It Best Corp. and was with the company from 1947, known then as Hardware Wholesalers, Inc., until he retired in 1993. Don was the co-founder and first president of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Fort Wayne. Don was also the founder of the Study Connection program in Fort Wayne Community Schools. Developed in 1989, this program provides approximately 1,000 volunteer tutors to help students who need assistance with their homework so that they can complete their education. His long history of business success, combined with generous and caring spirit, makes Don a deserving honoree.
The 2012 Youth Humanitarian of the Year is Northrop Senior Marissa Williams. We asked Big Brothers Big Sisters to nominate “Littles” who they felt represented the definition of humanitarian. Marissa is a member of the National Honor Society and has been part of numerous community projects including Operation Backyard where she helped to clean yards in the community. Marissa’s compassion, understanding and friendship are what make her our Youth Humanitarian of the Year.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation’s blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana serves seven counties: Allen, DeKalb, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley Counties in Indiana and Williams County in Ohio. For more information, call (260) 484-9336 or 1-800-513-2599, or visit www.redcrossofnei.org.