The 23rd Annual Humanitarian of the Year, Honoring Jack & Suzi Hanna
The Humanitarian of the Year award, presented annually by the American Red Cross of Central Ohio since 1997, honors local individuals who have great humanitarian concern for our community and who have made our community a better place to live and work.
While recognizing these good neighbors for their humanitarian work, this event also serves as an important source of revenue for our local Red Cross Chapter. The funds generated by the luncheon support the life-saving services and programs of the Red Cross in Delaware, Franklin and Union Counties.
Jack and Suzi Hanna never anticipated the adventures ahead after meeting at Muskingum College and marrying in 1968. Ten years later when Jack became the director of the Columbus Zoo, the Hannas were perfectly positioned to lead the Zoo and the entire zoological world into the 21st century.
Over their last 40+ years in Columbus, Jack and Suzi have brought wildlife and conservation education to audiences around the world through Jack’s countless TV appearances, speeches, and their three award-winning TV series: Jack Hanna’s Animal Adventures, Into the Wild and Wild Countdown.
Having the privilege of traveling to Africa more than forty times, the country that has truly captured their heart is Rwanda. They are longtime supporters of Rwandan wildlife and humanitarian organizations, including Partners In Conservation and Gorilla Doctors.
The Hannas love to hike and treasure time with friends and family. They have three daughters, six grandchildren, and a new golden retriever puppy.