FLORENCE — The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA honored Leonard A. Lauder here Wednesday night during a dinner at the historic Palazzo Vecchio, where he received the Renaissance Man of the Year Award in the lavish, frescoed Salone dei Cinquecento, or “Hall of the 500,” a reference to the number of grand council members who once convened there.
The Chairman Emeritus of the Estée Lauder Cos. Inc. and its self-proclaimed “Teacher in Chief,” Lauder was recognized for his lifelong dedication to the arts, business, education and philanthropy. The Palazzo Strozzi Foundation USA is the American branch of an Italian institution, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi, and is dedicated to the promotion of humanistic Renaissance values. The organization is involved in a wide range of cultural and philanthropic endeavors, including sending groups of American high school students to study in Italy, through its High School Renaissance Award program.
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