Dan Sullivan accepting the Mondor Award
During a recent Ceremony held at Twin Rivers in Lincoln, R.I., the venue for this year's annual dinner of the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, Dan Sullivan Jr., president and CEO of Collette Vacations, was presented with the first-ever Ben G. Mondor Award. Established by the Pawtucket Red Sox and the Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce to honor Mondor, the late owner of the Pawtucket Red Sox who passed away in 2010, the award serves to recognize individuals who, like him, support charitable work throughout the state of Rhode Island.
Upon accepting the award from Michael Tamburro, president of the Pawtucket Red Sox, Sullivan said that he was most honored to be the first recipient of the Ben G. Mondor Award given that he and his father, the late Dan Sullivan Sr. are such "die-hard Red Sox fans." Sullivan recalled how his dad loved having lunch with Mondor and trading baseball stories but, more importantly, they both epitomized the ideal of businesses giving back.
That commitment to the community has passed on from father to son with the younger Sullivan being recognized for his establishment, in 2007, of the Collette Foundation, an employee-run, global initiative connecting Collette employees, its vendors and travelers with partner communities worldwide in a mission to improve the quality of life of children.
Currently, there are more than 17 projects under way in communities around the world from Australia and India to here in the U.S.