Mary Riedel honored with The Jim Moran Foundation Award

Friday, February 17, 2017

Mary Riedel (second from left) with The Jim Moran Foundation's 2016 Board of Directors, (from left) Larry McGinnes, Melanie Burgess, Dr. Melvin Stith, Irv Kiffin, Tom Blanton, Jan Moran, Lucia Lopez and George Gadson.

Deerfield Beach, Fla. – In recognition of her decades of service and leadership in the community, Mary Riedel was recently named the 2016 recipient of The Jim Moran Foundation Award.

Surrounded by family, friends and associates, Mary was presented with a bronze sculpture created by South Florida artist George Gadson of an open book with a child climbing a ladder supported by an outstretched hand. In addition, The Jim Moran Foundation awarded an unrestricted $50,000 grant to Women In Distress of Broward County, the nonprofit of her choice.

Over the years, Mary has made so many selfless and significant contributions to improving the lives of others,” said Jan Moran, chairman and president of The Jim Moran Foundation. “Most recently, she has helped Women In Distress expand into what it is today – a safe haven for individuals and families in crisis – and in my heart, I know Jim would agree how very deserving she is of this recognition.”

Mary has served as President and CEO of Women in Distress of Broward County – one of the largest, full-service domestic violence centers in Florida – since 2008 and was formerly a member of its Board of Directors as well as its Board Chair. Previously, she worked for Nova Southeastern University as its Director of Major Gifts and Sun Sentinel as Community Affairs Manager and Publisher of its Society sections. Throughout her career, Mary has been active with numerous nonprofit organizations spanning human service to the arts, education and libraries. Jan Moran (left) and Mary Riedel during The Jim Moran Foundation Award presentation.

Jan Moran (left) and Mary Riedel during The Jim Moran Foundation Award presentation.

"I have long been inspired by the vision and philanthropy of Jim and Jan Moran and have been so privileged to have their support and friendship over the years in my many community ventures. So it is especially meaningful to receive this recognition from The Jim Moran Foundation. It is a highlight of my community career here in South Florida," said Mary Riedel. "It is truly an honor to now be leading Women In Distress at the Jim and Jan Moran Family Center campus and see how so many community initiatives have been able to achieve more because of the support from The Jim Moran Foundation.”

The Jim Moran Foundation established this annual award in 2003 to acknowledge those who have a history of giving back to their community through active service and personal commitment. The individuals must exemplify the characteristics of the mission of The Foundation, reflect proven accomplishments that address real community needs and/or concerns, and inspire others to embrace civic and charitable responsibility in meeting the needs of their community.

About The Jim Moran Foundation

Founded by automotive pioneer Jim Moran, the mission of The Jim Moran Foundation is to improve the quality of life for the youth and families of Florida through the support of innovative programs and opportunities that meet the ever-changing needs of the community. The Foundation has invested more than $75 million in education, elder care, family strengthening, after school and youth transitional living initiatives since its inception in 2000 – with efforts currently focused in Broward, Palm Beach and Duval counties. Through a long-term Grant Agreement, The Foundation’s significant funders are JM Family Enterprises, Inc., and its subsidiaries, including Southeast Toyota Distributors, LLC. It is located at 100 Jim Moran Blvd., Deerfield Beach, Fla. 33442. To learn more, visit www.jimmoranfoundation.org or call (954) 429-2122.