A committee of past Hodges University Luminary Award recipients announced today that it has selected Fort Myers businessman and philanthropist Sam Galloway, Jr. as its 2013 Luminary of the Year award recipient. The annual award will be presented during a luncheon on Thursday, March 28, 2013, at the Harborside Event Center in downtown Fort Myers.
The Luminary Award recognizes local citizens who personify society’s most valued human characteristics and thus have moved society in a positive way, serving as distinguished examples of the virtues of perseverance, honesty, moral character and charity.
“Sam Galloway, Jr. is one of the area’s most respected community leaders, demonstrating extraordinary integrity, character and civic-mindedness,” said Philip M. Memoli, Vice President of University Advancement for Hodges University. “Over the years, he has established a legacy of philanthropy and community service in Lee County. He is a true Luminary in our community and we are honored to recognize him for all that he has achieved.”
A Fort Myers native and graduate of Fort Myers High School, Sam Galloway, Jr. currently serves as president of the Galloway Family of Dealerships, one of the oldest and most respected businesses in the Southwestern region of Florida. The dealership was started by his grandparents in 1927 as Lee Motors in downtown Fort Myers.
Sam has received numerous business honors including being named to the Ford Motor Company’s Salute to Dealers Program.
Sam gives back to his community by working for numerous charitable causes and with many civic organizations. He serves as Chairman Emeritus for the Community Cooperative Ministries Inc. (CCMI), an organization working to end homelessness and hunger in our community. The annual Soup Kitchen Benefit, sponsored by the Sam Galloway, Jr. and friends, has raised both funds and community awareness for CCMI.
Sam has served in many other community organizations including the Southwest Florida Community Foundation, Edison-Ford Winter Estates Foundation, Edison Festival of Light, The Salvation Army Board, American Cancer Society, Lee County Sheriff’s Office Walkie-Talkie Walk, Holiday Sing-a-Long and Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.
Mr. Galloway joins a growing list Luminary Award recipients including Wayne and Mavis Miller (2012), Francis and Sam Bailey (2011) and Dr. Veronica Shoemaker (2010).
For his outstanding involvement and dedication to our community, and for making significant contributions of leadership and service which have improved and enriched the lives of so many residents of our community, Hodges University is pleased to honor Sam Galloway, Jr. as its 2013 Luminary of the Year. He will be formally recognized at a luncheon on March 28, 2013, at Harborside Event Center. The event is sponsored by the John E. and Aliese Price Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, CenturyLink and the Bireley Family Foundation.
For more information on ticket reservations or sponsorship opportunities, call Alyssa DeLora at 239-938-7826 or visit www.hodges.edu.