Resident to receive Humanitarian Award

Greenwich resident Barry Sternlicht is not only an investment guru but also a good Samaritan who will be recognized as the 2013 MS Humanitarian Award winner at this year’s Annual MS Dinner of Champions on Nov. 20.

Mr. Sternlicht, chairman and CEO of Starwood Capital Group, an investment firm with headquarters in Greenwich, is described as a dynamic and innovative hotel leader who creates products and programs that spark immediate global appeal.

He formed the private investment firm in 1991 with a focus on global real estate, hotel management, energy infrastructure and securities trading and for the past 22 years, he has structured more than 300 investment transactions with an asset value of more than $40 billion.

Mr. Sternlicht is also chairman of Starwood Property Trust, now the largest commercial mortgage real estate investment trust in the United States traded on the New York Stock Exchange.

As an active member of the community, Mr. Sternlicht serves on the Board of Directors of The Estée Lauder Companies, Restoration Hardware, Mammoth Mountain and TriPointe Homes.

He also serves as chairman of the board of Robin Hood and is on the boards of the Pension Real Estate Association, the Dreamland Film & Performing Arts Center, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s National Leadership Advocacy Program and the executive advisory board of Americans for the Arts. Furthermore, he is a member of the Real Estate Roundtable, the Committee Encouraging Corporate Philanthropy, the World Presidents Organization and the Urban Land Institute.

The MS Dinner of Champions is an evening held to honor champions of business and the sports industry who make a difference in their organizations and communities.

Since the very first MS Dinner of Champions in 1978, which honored Howard Cosell, this event has continued to honor the most prominent champions.

Past honorees of industry include Ernst & Young, IBM, Louis Dreyfus, Mutual of America, Pfizer and Xerox Corporation as well as both local and national sports figures such as Steve Young, Joe Namath, Frank Gifford, John Starks, Billie Jean King, Mary Lou Retton and Bobby Valentine.

Last year, more than 200 people attended the black tie optional event, which raised more than $250,000.

Since its inception, the MS Dinner of Champions has raised more than $7 million for the fight against multiple sclerosis.

Funds raised through National MS Society events ensure ongoing scientific research to help develop better treatments and a cure for multiple sclerosis.

Funds also provide for the continuation of programs and services offered by the Connecticut Chapter.

For more information on the 35th Annual MS Dinner of Champions, visit CtfightsMS.org.

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