LAKEWOOD RANCH — Stuart J. Roth has been named recipient of the sixth annual C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian of the Year Award.
Roth, president and CEO of The Center for Faith and Freedom in Lakewood Ranch, was selected for this honor for his commitment to the community through his investment of time, energy, and resources, according to a press release from the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
The nonprofit creates and produces DVDs, public service announcements and other multimedia items at no charge for other nonprofit organizations that help the needy.
While some in Man- atee County might give money or time to fight homelessness, gang activity, mental illness, teen pregnancy, Alzheimer’s disease, world hunger and abortion, the Herald reported in July, the 55-year-old Roth says he wants to make a difference in every one.
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In 1997, Roth sold 10 faith-based television stations in Mobile, Ala., and Chattanooga and Memphis, Tenn. The income from the sale supports his charitable operation.
He founded the Center for Faith and Freedom in 1989 and relocated the nonprofit to Lakewood Ranch in 2004.
“Stuart J. Roth more than represents the high standards of philanthropy recognized by this award; the Community Fund is pleased to honor him. Mr. Roth’s vital ideas and personal sacrifices exemplify the ideal of service to the community,” Bob Borkowski, treasurer and chair of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund Award Selection Committee, said in the press release.
The C. John A. Clarke Humanitarian award is named for the former CEO of Schroeder-Manatee Ranch. Clarke served as a catalyst in the creation of the Lakewood Ranch Community Fund.
Past honorees include Clarke, Don O’Leary, Pat Neal, Lorraine and Dick Vitale, and Darrell Turner.
A reception is set for 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Lakewood Ranch Town Hall to announce the recipients of its 2010 nonprofit organization grants and to honor Roth. The public is invited to attend.