FATHERS DAY COUNCIL
John and Lizzie Tisch
Jon Tisch and Chris Matthews
Rob Wunder and his son Rob with Chris Matthews
Fathers Of The Year
Get Their Due Rewards
HEN the National Fatherís Day Council selected
Jonathan Tisch to receive a Father of the Year Award, he
overheard his three children asking, "Did we get to vote on
Tisch, co-chairman of Loews Corporation and CEO
of Loews Hotels, joined five other distinguished gentlemen at
the 68th annual at the New York Sheraton, including Ronald Wurtzburger, Duke University basketball coach
Michael Krzyzewski, ABC journalist George Stephanopoulos, motor legend
Al Unser, and Gen. David Petraeus who was detained in Washington
by his commander in chief.
Tisch was on familiar ground at the Sheraton. He
said he began his career in the hotel industry in 1968 when this
was the Americana, a Loews property. "I started out behind the
As president of Peerless Clothingóthe largest
supplier of menswear on the continent, among them Calvin Klein,
Chaps, Donna Karan and Izodó Wurtzburger has his hands full. Yet
he finds time to serve as co-chair of the menswear division of
UJA and vice president of Park East Synagogue in New York.
Six years ago, after Wurtzburger was stricken
with prostate cancer, he got involved in helping others
suffering from the same disease.
"Your children see you working for good causes,"
he said, "and soon they do the same. Our grandchildren now do
the same. They gave their bar mitzvah money to children in need.
I wish my parents could see how their guidance enabled three
generations to work for charity."
MSNBC journalist Chris Matthew, who emceed the
awards ceremony, said in his family his wife makes the small
decisions, like where to live, what school to send the kids to.
"I make the big decisions, like whether to invade Iraq and
The National Fatherís Day Committee, along with
Menís Health magazine and the Sani Family Foundation, honored
Rob Wunder with the 2009 Ashok C. Sani All-Star Dad Award.
After teaching physical education to handicapped
students for more than two decades, Rob found himself with a
disabled child of his own. His son, also named Rob, dived into a
swimming pool and shattered his c5 vertebrae, leaving him
paralyzed from the chest down. But he still graduated from high
school and enrolled at Temple University.
The father moved into his sonís dormitory to
become his roommate and caregiver. His wife Sue and daughter
Hailey, 15, have adjusted to their empty nest in New Jersey as
their "boys" attend college together.
The Fathers Day event also benefited the Save
the Childrenís U.S. Programs which provide literacy and
nutrition programs in underserved areas. The initiative is under
the direction of Mark Shriver. Information at