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Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award 2012

05/05/12 -  

The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were established by the New York Southern Society in 1925 in memory of Mr. Algernon Sullivan, a Southerner who became a prominent lawyer, businessman and philanthropist in New York in the late nineteenth century.  The award seeks to perpetuate the excellence of character and humanitarian service of Mr. Algernon Sullivan by recognizing and honoring such qualities in others.  Such lives must ever be encouraging and inspiring; they justify our highest ideals and hopes.

Queens University of Charlotte has been honoring Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award winners since ­­1948.  Each year two awards are presented, one to a member of the graduating class and one to a person who is affiliated with the University in some other capacity. 

The 2012 winners are senior Kaitlyn Blakey of Keller, Texas, and Sandra and Leon Levine.  

Blakey is the daughter of Kim and Jay Blakey of Keller, Texas, and a history and political science double major.  She's also a leader on the women's tennis team. But most importantly, she exemplifies Queens' tradition of service to others, the country, and the world. In the words of one faculty member, she is "someone who cares deeply, and she demonstrates that care in a quiet, confident manner to all who know her."

Blakey was the winner of the prestigious 2011 ITA/Arthur Ashe Leadership and Sportsmanship Award.  This award recognizes outstanding individuals in all divisions at the regional and national level.  In recognizing her as a winner of the award, her coach said that she, "is a leader on and off the court and finds time to assist with numerous charities, organizations and clubs. She is a pleasure to have on the squad and represents Queens in the highest light. This award is truly deserving and I am extremely proud of her."   A faculty member adds, "Being a student-athlete and combining the commitments to school and sport that this entails is difficult enough, but her ability to combine both those things with regular service activities is simply remarkable."

Blakey has made service a central part of her life at Queens.  In addition to her activities as a student-athlete, she has been involved in numerous service projects during her time at Queens.  She has devoted her time, at almost every opportunity, to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast.  She has given up numerous breaks and vacations to do this, and these acts of service clearly demonstrate her commitment to those around her.  This past Spring, she continued her pattern of her service by participating in the Guatemala Mission. 

Leon Levine's extraordinary business success and equally extraordinary philanthropy in partnership with Sandra is a source of inspiration for future business and community leaders.  The Levines' commitment to providing educational opportunities and supporting scientific and medical research that will improve the lives of others exemplifies the University motto, non ministrare sed ministrare.  The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is well deserved for this couple who have had a profound impact on our community.

 Mr. and Mrs. Levine are among Charlotte's most generous philanthropists, providing lead gifts for a number of significant community projects and organizations.  In 1977, they gave $1,000,000 toward construction of the Jewish Community Center in Shalom Park (now named the Levine Jewish Community Center).  They have also given significant amounts of donations toward a science center at Duke University, the Levine Museum of the New South, the Levine Senior Center in Matthews, and the Levine Children's hospital in Charlotte.  In 2002, the Levines gave $5,000,000 to endow the need-based Levine Scholarships at Central Piedmont Community College.  In 2009, the Levines gave $8,000,000 to help build the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation at Queens University of Charlotte, where Sandra Levine is also a member of the Board of Trustees.

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