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by Jake Krob Publisher · October 19th, 2017


Marion native John K. Castle, chairman and CEO of Castle Harlan Inc., is the 2017 Happy Warrior Award recipient of The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation.

The foundation's mission is to "bring hope to the neediest children of the Archdiocese of New York, regardless of race, creed or color." It was founded by Francis Cardinal Spellman, of the Catholic Church, in 1964, to honor Smith, New York's governor and "patron of the little people."

The 72nd annual Alfred E. Smith dinner is tonight (Thursday, Oct. 19) in New York City. The keynote speaker is speaker of the house Paul Ryan, and master of ceremonies is acclaimed actress Patricia Heaton. During presidential election years, candidates often share the dais at the event - including Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton last year.

The Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner honors a cause that transcends the polarizing political rhetoric of the day and exemplifies the vision of Smith, known as "The Happy Warrior" for his ability to maintain his positive outlook even as he tackled the pressing social issues of his day. Each year the foundation carries on the tradition of the "Happy Warrior" by recognizing an individual who exemplifies the character and leadership of Smith.

Castle, this year's recipient, is a

pioneer in private equity investing, a philanthropist in health and education, and an adventurer.

Castle's business career is long and distinguished. He is chairman and chief executive officer of Castle Harlan, Inc., a private merchant bank with more than 42,000 employees. Castle is also chairman and chief executive officer of Branford Castle, Inc., a firm that makes long-term investments in small to medium-sized private companies. Further, Castle is an advisory director of the DuPont Corporation Investment Management Co.

As a philanthropist, Castle has committed a substantial portion of his time and resources to public service in education, healthcare and religious organizations over the past 35 years, and a number of philanthropies. He is also an adventurer who has traveled the world.

Castle received his bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, his MBA as a Baker Scholar with High Distinction from Harvard, and he was awarded four Honorary Doctorate degrees.
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