As president and CEO of the philanthropic Foundation for the Carolinas, Michael Marsicano is no stranger to helping the community. A passionate supporter of the arts, Marsicano previously served as president and CEO of the Arts and Science Council. He’s also a devoted family man with a wife and three sons. In June, the Charlotte Father’s Day Council will honor Marsicano as one of five “Fathers of the Year,” along with Peter Browning of Peter Browning & Associates, Bertram Scott of CIGNA Corporation, Chris Little of Hendrick Automotive Group and Rick Puckett of Snyder’s-Lance. The Father of the Year event is held annually to benefit the American Diabetes Association. The black tie-optional gala is June 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Westin and includes dinner and a ceremony. Tickets are $175. Details: 704-373-9111, ext. 3261.
The most rewarding part of fatherhood is experiencing a depth of love I could not have imagined possible.
My personal definition of a good father is a man who forgoes his dreams for his children in favor of their dreams for themselves.
In my work at Foundation for the Carolinas, I am inspired most by the generous donors who make possible the work of dedicated nonprofit professionals.
Something I enjoy doing with my children is traveling collectively and individually with them. When each son turned 14 I took them to visit a European country of their choosing; Christopher and I went to Italy; Jamie and I went to Switzerland; and David and I went to Greece. These were very special bonding experiences.
To me, receiving a "Father of the Year" award is meaningful because first, it is an extraordinary honor suggesting I just might have performed the job well. Second, it is an exciting opportunity to help support a worthy cause.
The American Diabetes Association is important because it is imperative that we support the research necessary to find a cure for diabetes. Within our circle of family and friends we have seen the pain and suffering caused by diabetes.