Skip to main content
Sign Up for Our NewsLetter


December 19, 2011

AJC Honors Jack Sawyer

A Humanitarian Cocktail at the St. Regis

  • Photos by Kim Link

Wilmington Trust Southeast President and community leader D. Jack Sawyer Jr. is given the prestigious National Human Relations Award by the American Jewish Committee

Bill Torres, Louise Sams, Jack Sawyer, Lovette and Michael Russell Bill Torres, Louise Sams, Jack Sawyer, Lovette and Michael Russell

The VIPs

AJC President Lenny Silverstein, Co-Chairs Lovette and Michael Russell (Michael’s father Herman J. Russell was the 20120 recipient of the award), and honoree D. Jack Sawyer Jr.

The Venue

The St. Regis Atlanta

The Highlights

An esteemed crowd gathered for cocktails and an elegant dinner at the St. Regis followed by an award ceremony for Jack Sawyer. Governor Nathan Deal personally wrote a message of commendation to Sawyer that was read during the dinner program, referring to his “tireless work and charitable advocacy as an icon in the Atlanta community for years.”

Rebecca Bily, Bill Smith, Carolyn Tanner, Greg Baker Rebecca Bily, Bill Smith, Carolyn Tanner, Greg Baker

An advocate for progress, Jack Sawyer serves on the Board of Directors of the Southeast Anti-Defamation League and the Civil War to Civil Rights Steering Committee of the Atlanta History Center, and has been both Chairman and Honorary Chairman of the High Museum of Art’s Driskell Prize Dinner supporting African American art.   His humanitarian and cultural leadership focuses on service on the Board of Directors of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Hughes Spalding, Open Hand, the High Museum of Art, Friends of Georgia Music Festival, the Georgia Museum of Art as well as the Atlanta Humane Society and Zoo Atlanta.  He has led the Atlanta History Center’s Swan House Ball both as Chairman and as Honorary Chairman.

The Scene-Makers

Among the power-house crowd of philanthropists and business and community leaders in attendance to honor Jack were: Linda and Steve Selig, Joel and Kane Katz, Marjorie and Steve Harvey, Sam and Boog Candler, Louise Sams and Jerome Grilhot, Rabbi Ron Segal, Wilmington Trust’s Mark Graham, Mayor Kasim Reed, Laura Turner Seydel, Elaine Levin, Elizabeth Allen, Ingrid Saunders Jones, Darrell Mays, Ron and Kay Quigley, Cindy and Bill Voyles, Dr. Bobbie Bailey, Devyne Stephens, Ladi Drew, Lisa and Joe Bankoff

The Cause

The Atlanta chapter of The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is devoted to the protection of human rights across the globe, the protecting minority rights and the promoting of democratic ideals. Past recipients of the Human Relations Award have included former President Jimmy Carter, Senator Sam Nunn, philanthropist and Cox Enterprises past chairman James Cox Kennedy and entrepreneur Herman J. Russell.


Crush Notes

Share your polite thoughts below