Sunday, November 7, 2021


Honorary Chair – The Honorable Liz Alpert, Former Mayor

OWA Co-Chairs: Isabelle Eidet, Katherine Benoit & Kenney DeCamp

Honoree for the Individual OWA Award – Maestro Victor DeRenzi, Artistic Director and Principal Conductor of the Sarasota Opera

Honoree for the Organizational OWA Award – Sarasota Opera

General Director of the Sarasota Opera, Mr. Richard Russell will accept the award on behalf of the Sarasota Opera

Please plan to join us and celebrate the remarkable achievement of Maestro DeRenzi’s completion of the Verdi Cycle with the Sarasota Opera as well as the anniversary of his 40th year with the Sarasota Opera.


“An ode to our common humanity: “One World – Out of Many, We are One.”

 Honoring extraordinary people and organizations

The One World Award is Sarasota Sister Cities premier international award that honors one remarkable individual and one organization that have enhanced “understanding and respect” among citizens of the world through their extraordinary work or volunteer service.

This award shines the spotlight on individuals and organizations that have demonstrated their continued ability to create and maintain strong bonds of peace and understanding among the world’s citizens through their extraordinary work and service to the community.

 Individual Award Winners

2011 – Robert Roskamp
Roskamp Institute is a worldwide leader in finding cures for Alzheimer’s disease and mental disorders.

2012 – Nicholas Bollettieri
IMG Nick Bollettieri Tennis Academy, which became the IMG academy, and now expanded to additional sports training.

2013 – Former Mayor Lou Ann Palmer
As Mayor, she led the development of Sarasota for many years and personally enhanced relationships with five Sarasota Sister Cities.

2014 – Linda Rosenbluth
Former President & City Director for SCAS. Linda organized the first “phonathon” for United Way & Sarasota’s first “AIDS Awareness Week”.

2015 – Andrew Ezzell & JoAnn Patrick Ezzell
Give Something Back Foundation. SCAS Patron members, Andrew and JoAnn’s foundation built schools and classrooms in SE Asia and Haiti, and established an international online education program.

2016 – Dolly Jacobs and Pedro Reis
Co-founders of the Circus Arts Conservatory, Dolly and Pedro continue the circus tradition of performance & education programming, outreach programs serving children & elderly.

2017 – Dr. Mary Elmendorf
Internationally known anthropologist, Nobel Prize laureate.

2018 – Kate Alexander
Actress and Director at the Florida Studio Theater, Kate Alexander established the “Write-a-Play” program as part of the Young Playwrights Festival for our international Sister Cities students, and also established other educational programs at FST.

Organization Award Winners

2012 – The ORT Organization
Jewish global educational program.

2013 – Sarasota Christian School
Promoted diversity and international relationships.

2014 – Embracing Our Differences
Poster art program on City Island park promoting diversity.

2017 – Sarasota Audubon Society
Environmental protection and education.

2018 – Second Chance-Last Opportunity 
Empowerment program for the underserved in our community.


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