Thursday, October 04, 2012

Arab American and Chaldean Council Honor Art Van Founder

Art Van Elslander, founder and chairman Art Van received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arab American and Chaldean Council. It was to honour him for his outstanding work as a longtime businessman, philanthropist, and community leader.

On Saturday, September 29, the Arab American and Chaldean Council (ACC) hosted its 33rd Annual Civic and Humanitarian Awards Gala: Celebrating Michigan. Every year, the ACC honors extraordinary individuals who are visionaries in their respective areas of work. This year, the ACC honored Art Van Elslander with its Lifetime Achievement Award for his committed effort to  support those with disabilities and education for underprivileged youth, the homeless and countless others in need.

“The ACC is proud to recognize someone who has a history of over five decades of commitment to the State of Michigan economically and philanthropically.” said Dr. Haifa Fakhouri, ACC President and CEO. “Mr. Van Elslander has made it clear that giving back is a priority and we thank him for his continued unwavering support to the overall well-being of the community.”

“I am deeply humbled,” said Art Van Furniture founder and chairman, Art Van Elslander, “I love Michigan and its people, and I am honored to receive this award from the ACC- a group that does so much to help people build a life in this great state.”

750 attendees were on hand as Van Elslander and seven others were honored, including Susan Goodell, President and CEO, Forgotten Harvest, an Art Van Million Dollar Challenge partner. Previous Achievement Awardees include: U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow, His Eminence Adam Cardinal Maida, and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan.

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