Don Slesnick

BY KATE WAHNSCHAFFE | PHOTOGRAPHY BY LARAE LOBDELL

University Center Club, Tallahassee, Fla.

Member since: 1996

Who he is: After volunteering on the Orange Bowl Committee for 20 years, he's now president of the 2017 Capital One Orange Bowl, scheduled for Dec. 30 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla. "It's a tremendous honor."

Beyond the game: Slesnick works with the Orange Bowl Committee year-round to prepare and carry out events and fundraisers in addition to the Orange Bowl game. "We've expanded our role into an all-year operation. Of course the Bowl game is still our centerpiece, but we do all kinds of activities in and for the community."

Giving back:
Some proceeds from the Orange Bowl game and related fundraising programs help the South Florida community through the Bowl's Legacy Gifts, which help fund park renovations that benefit underprivileged children who use the parks for athletic leagues, as well as after-school programs.

Most recent Legacy Gift: This past summer, Harris Field Park in the Miami suburb of Homestead, Fla., unveiled phase one of an ongoing $2 million renovation project. "We help the economy and image of our community through what we do."

Leadership views:
"I believe very much in servant leadership. You become a leader to serve, not to bring attention to yourself."

"The Bowl week is not just a football game for us."

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