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The 59th annual Tidewater Humanitarian Awards Presentation took place on Thursday, March 30, 2023.


Distinguished Virginian Award
Janice Bell Underwood

Humanitarian Awards

Lisa F. Chandler
Hugh R. Copeland
Mekbib Gemeda
Geoffrey V. Guns
Andrew S. Nusbaum

The Humanitarian Award of the Virginia Center for Inclusive Communities is presented to those individuals who have demonstrated a personal commitment to the promotion of respect and understanding among people of diverse racial, ethnic, and religious backgrounds.  On occasion, the organization may bestow the Jeffrey B. Spence Award for Interfaith Understanding to individuals who have conducted exceptional work in the area of interfaith understanding. The Distinguished Merit Award recognizes corporations or community organizations for their humanitarian work.

Thank you to the 2023 Humanitarian Awards Supporters:

Humanitarian Level Supporters


Benefactor Level Supporter

S.L. Nusbaum Realty Co.

Corporate Level Supporters

Birdsong Corporation

City of Norfolk

Ann Nusbaum

Operation Smile

Palace Shops and Station

• TowneBank

Virginia Wesleyan University

Ambassador Level Supporters

Past Humanitarian Awards

Past Honorees
a listing of all past honorees with Biographies (as available)

Past Dinner Chairs
a listing of all past dinner chairs


2023 Invitation

Reservations/Payments are no longer being accepted online for the Humanitarian Awards. Please contact VCIC with questions. 


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