Notes from The Harry & Reba Huge Foundation

11.14.2017

Huge Foundation Awarded Transatlantic Promoter of the Year

The​ ​Harry​ ​and​ ​Reba​ ​Huge​ ​Foundation​ ​selected​ ​as​ ​Transatlantic Promoter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year

The​ ​award​ ​was​ ​presented​ ​by​ ​the​ ​American​ ​Chamber​ ​of​ ​Commerce​ ​Estonia.

Charleston,​ ​SC:​ ​The​ ​Harry​ ​and​ ​Reba​ ​Huge​ ​Foundation​ ​was​ ​recognized​ ​November​ ​3,​ ​2017​ ​at the​ ​Transatlantic​ ​Business​ ​Awards​ ​ceremony​ ​in​ ​Tallinn,​ ​Estonia​ ​as​ ​the​ ​Transatlantic​ ​Promoter of​ ​the​ ​Year.​ ​The​ ​American​ ​Chamber​ ​of​ ​Commerce​ ​Estonia​ ​hosts​ ​the​ ​annual​ ​awards​ ​program​ ​in partnership​ ​with​ ​the​ ​United​ ​States​ ​Embassy​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Baltic​ ​American​ ​Freedom​ ​Foundation.

The​ ​Transatlantic​ ​Promoter​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year​ ​Award,​ ​one​ ​of​ ​three​ ​awards​ ​presented​ ​at​ ​the​ ​ceremony, is​ ​meant​ ​to​ ​recognize​ ​outstanding​ ​and​ ​innovative​ ​achievements​ ​by​ ​Estonian-based​ ​companies and​ ​individuals​ ​in​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​market,​ ​with​ ​an​ ​emphasis​ ​on​ ​their​ ​contributions​ ​to​ ​strengthening transatlantic​ ​economic​ ​ties,​ ​job​ ​growth,​ ​and​ ​shared​ ​prosperity.

Harry​ ​Huge,​ ​the​ ​founder​ ​and​ ​chairman​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Foundation,​ ​has​ ​been​ ​building​ ​bridges​ ​between the​ ​US​ ​and​ ​Estonia​ ​for​ ​thirty​ ​years.​ ​In​ ​the​ ​late​ ​1980s,​ ​he​ ​worked​ ​actively​ ​with​ ​leaders​ ​of​ ​the efforts​ ​to​ ​regain​ ​Estonian​ ​independence,​ ​efforts​ ​that​ ​culminated​ ​in​ ​the​ ​restoration​ ​of​ ​Estonian independence​ ​in​ ​August​ ​1991.​ ​For​ ​this​ ​work,​ ​Mr.​ ​Huge​ ​was​ ​awarded​ ​The​ ​Order​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Cross​ ​of Terra​ ​Mariana,​ ​an​ ​order​ ​bestowed​ ​by​ ​Estonia’s​ ​President​ ​on​ ​non-Estonians​ ​who​ ​have​ ​rendered special​ ​services​ ​to​ ​the​ ​Republic​ ​of​ ​Estonia.​ ​In​ ​2010,​ ​Harry​ ​Huge​ ​was​ ​named​ ​Estonian​ ​Honorary Counsel​ ​for​ ​South​ ​Carolina.

For​ ​over​ ​a​ ​decade​ ​the​ ​Harry​ ​and​ ​Reba​ ​Huge​ ​Foundation​ ​has​ ​invested​ ​in​ ​the​ ​brightest​ ​minds and​ ​entrepreneurial​ ​projects​ ​through​ ​their​ ​generous​ ​support​ ​of​ ​projects​ ​at​ ​three​ ​U.S.​ ​based universities​ ​(​Nebraska​ ​Wesleyan​,​ ​​College​ ​of​ ​Charleston,​ ​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Citadel)​ ​and​ ​two​ ​Estonian universities​ ​(Tartu​ ​University​ ​and​ ​​Tallinn​ ​University​ ​of​ ​Technology​).​ ​The​ ​Foundation​ ​has provided​ ​scholarships​ ​to​ ​more​ ​than​ ​100​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​two​ ​countries,​ ​including​ ​the​ ​annual international​ ​pitch​ ​competition,​ ​NGAL​ ​(Network​ ​Globally,​ ​Act​ ​Locally).​ ​More​ ​recently,​ ​Mr.​ ​Huge has​ ​built​ ​a​ ​new​ ​venture​ ​capital​ ​fund​ ​investing​ ​in​ ​Baltic-region​ ​startups,​ C​​ hange​ ​Ventures​.

The​ ​award​ ​was​ ​presented​ ​November​ ​2,​ ​2017​ ​with​ ​nearly​ ​200​ ​guests​ ​in​ ​attendance​ ​including​ ​the Charge​ ​d’Affaires​ ​of​ ​the​ ​U.S.​ ​Mission​ ​to​ ​the​ ​EU​ ​(Brussels)​ ​-​ ​Adam​ ​Shub.​ ​Other​ ​award​ ​recipients included​ ​​Testlio​,​ ​Transatlantic​ ​Company​ ​of​ ​the​ ​Year,​ ​and​ ​​Coca​ ​Cola​ ​HBC​ ​Eesti​​ ​received​ ​the Melissa​ ​Wells​ ​Corporate​ ​Responsibility​ ​award.

To watch Harry Huge’s acceptance speech please use following link:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/c9y2h88l2snkjd3/AmCham%20Thank%20You%20Speech%20Oct%2030%2C%202017.mp4?dl=0

Contact:

Brent​ ​Comstock
brent@changeventures.com​​ ​|​ ​Phone:​ ​402-414-1909

 

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