The founder of Ashley Furniture Industries in Arcadia has received a special philanthropy award.
Ron Wanek has received the Philanthropist of the Year Award from the National Speakers Association at its annual banquet held in July.
The award honors individuals who have made a significant contribution by examples of philanthropy and stewardship. Since 2008, Wanek and his wife Joyce have donated gifts totaling tens of millions dollars to a large number of organizations through their Ronald and Joyce Wanek Foundation.
Ron Wanek grew up on a farm in Utica.