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Established in 2005, the Humanitarian Award is awarded to honor alumni who have made outstanding contributions to humanity.
Yvon Alexandre, '82
President, J.P. Alexandre LLC
After earning his B.A. from UConn, Mr. Alexandre went on to receive an MBA from the University of New Haven. For over 15 years, Mr. Alexandre has made important contributions to the neighborhoods, businesses and people of Hartford. Along with serving on many civic and professional boards, he has served as Chairman of the Hartford Chamber of Commerce in 2008, while also serving on the City of Hartford's Property Tax Reform Task Force which resulted in important recommendations to address tax disparity for small businesses.
Following the earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Mr. Alexandre, as head of the Connecticut Haitian American Organization, coordinated a massive fundraising effort to help Haitians affected. Under his leadership, the organization raised approximately $50,000 and collected two truckloads of food, clothing and hygienic and medical supplies.
"Mr. Alexandre has since organized three successful trips to Haiti," said Andrew Crumbie, Esq., who has known Mr. Alexndre for over 20 years. "The first trip was a medical mission in March 2010, during which he and several doctors, nurses and prosthetic specialists and other volunteers provided much needed medical care, supplies and prosthesis. . . In September 2010, he led a second team that delivered two additional truckloads of supplies . . . and in December 2010 he led a third mission where he and other volunteers distributed food, clothing, and medical supplies to a number of locations."
Humanitarian Award Past Recipients
2011 - Bette Gebrian '77, '93
2010 - T. Scott Case '92
2008 - Thomas Buckley '82, '94 MPH
2007 - Lani Fortier '04
2005 - Elizabeth Flynn '91