Arty Selkowitiz named Stamford’s Citizen of the Year

January 10, 2012 by  

Arty Selkowitz couldn’t have been more surprised when he walked into Purude Pharma assuming he was there for a fundraising meeting with the CEO for the Mill River Collaborative. Instead, Selkowitz walked into a conference room filled with admirers.

Banner printing services came in handy for the large banner that was displayed in the conference room, stating that Arty Selkowitz is 2011 Stamford Citizen of the Year. Selkowitz’s wife Betsey, along with numerous friends and co-workers greeted the overwhelmed and appreciative recipient of the city’s top honor.

Selkowitiz was named Citizen of Year due to his continuous dedication as a philanthropist. The 45-year-old father of two has spent nearly a decade as chairman of the collaborative. The non-profit public private partnership is focused on refurbishing Miller River Park.

Steve Osman, a member of collaborative’s board of directors, credits Selkowitz for raising $6 million of the $20 million needed to rebuild the park. “Without Arty, I don’t think the Mill River would be what it is today,” Osman said. Les Meyers of the Jewish War Veterans agreed wholeheartedly that that Selkowitz deserved the award.

Selkowitz also sits on the board of the Avon Theater and Nature Center and Stamford Museum. He is a board and executive committee member of the Lupus Research Institute, and former president of the Stamford Jewish Community Center.

In March, a plaque and picture of Selkowitz will be added to a wall of former honorees at the Government Center. An official reception and fundraiser will be held in May when Stamdford citizens can personally offer Selkowitz their congratulations.