Tom Scannapieco was honored on Oct. 14 by the AJC for his contributions to the community.
The American Jewish Committee hosted its 2015 Civic Achievement Award Dinner at the Down Town Club on Oct. 14, honoring Tom Scannapieco, president of Scannapieco Development Corporation.
Scannapieco Development Corporation is widely recognized as one of the most respected and creative companies in the development industry, according to AJC.
This annual award is given to someone in the Jewish community who’s made a difference in the civic arena of the city.
Scannapieco’s company focuses on building luxury condominiums in Center City, but he credits the allure of the city to all of the people who make it what it is today; real estate is just one part of that.
Scannapieco is an alumnus of Saint Joseph’s University, and his wife is an active member of the Jewish-Christian Coalition.
He said he greatly appreciates all that AJC does for the community and the world, and reaching out to other coalitions among different religious backgrounds and countries is critical for world peace.
“If you look around the world, so much warfare and animosity is centered on religion,” he said. “It’s really amazing since every religion teaches peace and understanding, the reality is much different.”
Scannapieco added that he felt very honored to receive the award.
“There’s a lot of great developers in the city and it was a thrill to be asked to do it. AJC is a great group with a great mission,” he said.
According to Marcia Bronstein, regional director of AJC Philadelphia/ Southern New Jersey Regional Office, Scannapieco was honored because “He worked so hard in the city of Philadelphia for elevating the status of the city, for giving us a global city designation, and for making life better for the people that live in Philadelphia,” Bronstein said.
About 200 people attended the fundraising dinner to honor Scannapieco, which raised about $250,000 that will go toward the global advocacy work that AJC does.
For example, Bronstein said one project they’re helping with right now is the refugee crisis in Europe. People are physically meeting these refugees as they get off the boats because they arrive on the shores shell-shocked from being on the small dinghies and being abused by their smugglers.
“AJC is there to literally offer a hand to get them out of the water, give them a bottle of water and direction to the refugee camp,” she added.
They also had a major campaign called Mayors United Against Anti-Semitism in which 47 mayors representing cities with a combined population of 75 million people, signed letters condemning anti-Semitism, hatred and bigotry. They are now trying to spread this campaign internationally.
“It’s something we do locally that translates globally,” Bronstein said.
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