Andrew S. Borans Receives Order of the Lion
On December 22, nearly 100 people flew in from around the world to pay tribute to Andrew Borans (Florida State, 1980), the CEO of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation, as he was presented with the Order of the Lion, Alpha Epsilon Pi’s highest honor.
The Order of the Lion is presented to an alumnus for service to the fraternity over a long span of years, above and beyond the call of duty. Of the more than 105,000 men who have been initiated into AEPi, fewer than 60 have received this honor.
Andy Borans may be one of the most deserving honorees ever.
In 1980, Brother Borans began a 10-year stint working for AEPi, overseeing its growth from 57 chapters to 109 chapters. In 1990, he went into the private sector and founded a successful New Jersey-based sportswear and apparel company. After selling his business in 1998, Andy returned to AEPi, charged with stewarding the organization’s development into the 21st century.
Brother Borans is actively involved in a number of national and international Jewish causes, including the Jewish National Fund (JNF), American Israeli Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations (COP), B’nai B’rith International, Hillel, and Chabad on Campus. He also currently serves as a member of the Board of Governors of B’nai B’rith International, AIPAC, World Jewish Congress (WJC), and was a founding member of the steering committee for the Israel on Campus Coalition.
Brother Borans has been the recipient of several awards for his tireless dedication to Israel and commitment to the Jewish people. He is a noted authority on the Jewish student experience on university campuses and is called upon regularly for his unique perspective. Recently, he was invited by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs to discuss the branding of Israel on North American university campuses.
“Andy is one of those people that has an impact on nearly every person he meets. His enthusiasm, his tireless work ethic and, simply, his love for our Brotherhood has made him one of the most impactful people in AEPi’s history,” said Supreme Master Jeff Jacobson. “I think its fair to say that we wouldn’t be this strong, this large and this influential today, if it wasn’t for Andy Borans.”
One of the highlights of honorary dinner was a surprise. Past Supreme Master Elan Carr read a letter written by Past Supreme Master David M. Bacharach, Jr. (Z”L) before he passed away. It said, in part, “One of my biggest regrets is that my presence at your Order of the Lion dinner will be only in spirit. As you know, I have cherished our friendship and credit you with or great fraternity’s success and in touching the lives of tens of thousands of undergraduates and alumni over your lifetime of dedicated service.”
“The letter from David Bacharach touched me in a way that I never would have thought. He was one of my best friends, a great man and just a great AEPi leader. Hearing that letter read, gave me goosebumps,” said Brother Borans.
“I put off having this dinner in my honor for years but I thought now was the time to do it as I launch a campaign to raise an $18 million endowment for the Foundation,” he said. Spearheaded by his own $54,000 gift, the Andy Borans Legacy Campaign for the AEPi Foundation raised $1.48m at the Order of the Lion dinner.
“We had a $1 million pledge from Brother PSM Phil Cohen,” Borans said. “That’s just incredible.”
“Over the last several years, I’ve been contemplating what I would be doing when I turned 60. It became clear to me that, in this next act, I wanted to play a role in building the Foundation’s endowment so it can support the fraternity’s mission for generations to come. We set a high goal — $18 million! – but we’re off to a successful start. Our success is imminent.”
With Andy Borans, there is no AEPi goal that is out of reach.
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