Rotary International and 2016-2017 Rotary International President, John F. Germ Will Be Honored At the 2016 A Safe Haven Celestial Gala with the Inaugural 2016 Humanitarian Business Association and Humanitarian Leader of the Year Awards


Chicago, IL. (October 18, 2016) A Safe Haven Foundation is proud to recognize Rotary International, and the incoming 2016-2017 President, Mr. John F. Germ, as A Safe Haven Foundation’s 2016 Humanitarian Business Association and Humanitarian Leadership of the Year. Both Rotary International and Mr. Germ are being recognized for the tireless work done by Rotary International members and the leadership—locally and globally. The honorees will receive their awards at A Safe Haven’s 2016 Celestial Gala, to be held Saturday, November 5, 2016, at the Drake Hotel in Oak Brook, Illinois. The Black Tie Dinner Celebration is scheduled to take place from 7:00 -10:30 p.m.  More Gala information and tickets are available on

We are very excited to honor Rotary International and the incoming President, John F. Germ, with the Inaugural Humanitarian Business Association and Humanitarian Leadership Awards, for their collective and individual selfless contributions in making the world a better place for so many people. I could not think of a more worthwhile Association or leader to receive this award than Rotary International and John F. Germ for the commitment to serving humanity.

As a Rotary One member, I am proud to be part of an Association which has demonstrated through their actions, locally and around the world, how a group of like-minded people can achieve great positive impact in communities, and support causes that really matter and affect everyday lives. I am incredibly honored that both Rotary International and Mr. Germ have agreed to accept this recognition. This is our small way of saying thank you to those on the front lines who support our efforts to help the homeless get back on their feet. Thank you to Rotary International, John F. Germ and fellow Rotarians from across the world. We are humbled and look forward to honoring Rotary International and John F. Germ’s on Saturday, November 5, 2016, stated Neli Vazquez Rowland, President and co-founder of A Safe Haven.

Accepting the Humanitarian of the Year Award on behalf of Mr. John F. Germ will be General Secretary of Rotary International and the Rotary Foundation, Mr. John Hewko.

For 22 years, A Safe Haven has been shooting for the stars, transforming the lives of over 100,000 homeless Chicagoans. The funds raised at this year’s gala will directly impact our programs to help the homeless men, women, children, youth, and veterans we serve in our nationally recognized, vertically integrated ecosystem.


Rotary International is a 1.2 million-member organization that began with the vision of one man—Paul P. Harris. The Chicago attorney formed one of the world’s first service organizations, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful, lifelong friendships. Rotary’s name came from the group’s early practice of rotating meetings among the offices of each member.