Richard Graziano, who heads FOX CT and the Hartford Courant, has been named the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Humanitarian of the Year.
Graziano, vice president and general manager of FOX CT and WCCT, and president, publisher and CEO of The Courant, was honored during the association’s 15th Annual Black and Blue Ball held Oct. 4 at The Hartford Club. The MDA’s Humanitarian of the Year honor is presented to individuals deemed exceptionally generous in supporting the organization and the individuals and families served who are affected by muscular dystrophy and related diseases.
The MDA also recognized FOX CT for its commitment to hosting the local broadcast of the MDA Labor Day Telethon.
In a letter notifying Graziano of the award, Jeremy Nappi, MDA regional coordinator, wrote “Rich, you and everyone at FOXCT has long been a supporter of MDA and its mission. In addition to being the Love Network for the local broadcast of the Annual MDA Labor Day Telethon you and everyone at FOXCT has also been supportive of numerous other MDA events since the beginning of our partnership which began in 2003.’’
Graziano, in his remarks, expressed gratitude for the award.
“I have seen you make such a meaningful difference in their effort to understand, manage, and live with their disease day-to-day. Thank you for your tireless efforts to provide help and hope for their families. And thank you for honoring me tonight with your Humanitarian of the Year Award which I humbly accept on behalf of the entire FOX-CT team,” said Graziano, who was traveling and unable to accept the award in person.
“As FOX-CT embarks on our second decade of partnership with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, we are as dedicated as ever to helping you find a cure for muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases.”