Encinitas, California SurfAid International, a non-profit organization founded in2000 to improve the health and well-being of the people in Indonesia, has namedAndy Serwin the ” 2005 US SurfAid Ambassador of the Year. ” Serwin, alawyer and partner in the San Diego office of Foley and Lardner LLP, was selectedbased on his commitment to excellence in business, the community, and publicservice. Serwin is the first recipient of the annual award.
” We are thrilled to recognize Andy for his accomplishments and contributions,and look forward to having him act as a spokesperson for SurfAid within his manycommunities and networks. We expect to benefit from his experience and hisadvocacy talents, ” said SurfAid CEO Andrew Griffiths. He will be publiclypresented the award at SurfAid ‘ s annual fundraiser, ” Wave of CompassionSummer Soiree ” on June 9, 2005 at the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach.
SurfAid established this award to recognize individuals who have made significantcontributions to both their community and profession. The SurfAid organization isbased on the belief that social responsibility is the key that opens the door tochange one person at a time. Selection criteria are based on an individual ‘ scommitment to philanthropy through demonstrated experience in aid work, communityservice or international development.
” My desire to support SurfAid’s mission stems from a deep concern for the healthand well being of society as a whole and the extraordinary work the organizationhas performed. The effectiveness and dedication of the people involved in SurfAidis truly a model for charitable and community organizations everywhere, ” saidSerwin.
At Foley and Lardner LLP, Serwin is a member of the Emerging Companies and Venture Capital, Entertainment and Media Law Team, the Intellectual Property Litigationand e-Business and Information Technology Practice Group. He advises companiesacross a range of industrial sectors. In addition to his work in business and thelegal community, Serwin has held leadership positions on the boards and committeesof several San Diego-based non-profit organizations, including the San DiegoVenture Group, the UJF and the San Diego County Bar Association. Serwin has beenactively involved in local issues, serving as a delegate for North County to astate political party for 10 years.
Serwin is the author of the Internet Marketing Law Handbook, a practical guide toInternet issues, is the incoming Co-Chair of the State Bar of California ‘ sCyberspace Law Committee and has appeared as a commentator on technology and legalmatters with USA Today, PC Magazine, KGTV, KFMB, Fox News, the San Diego DailyTranscript, the Los Angeles Daily Journal, and the San Diego Union-Tribune. He isalso a frequent columnist for the San Diego Daily Transcript on technologyissues.
Introduced to SurfAid and its mission through professional contacts, Serwinimmediately felt a connection to the cause because of his commitment tophilanthropy and ties to beach culture as a Carlsbad native. Serwin ‘ sinvolvement in SurfAid international proves you don ‘ t have to be a surfer toget involved with SurfAid, as he himself does not surf (yet).
SurfAid is a non-profit humanitarian aid organization whose mission is to createsustainable improvements in the health and well being of the people of Indonesia. SurfAid establishes health and disease prevention programs in isolated regions andhas recently operated several emergency medical teams in response to the Dec 26,2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and subsequent earthquakes. SurfAid is incorporated inthe US, Australia and New Zealand with their program base in Padang, Indonesia.