Gildenhorn has been recognized by the national and local media for his
entrepreneurial acumen in the field of business. He has been a guest
lecturer at the American University and Georgetown University Schools of
Business Administration. He was appointed by Mayor Marion Barry to
serve on the Board of Washington, DC local Development Corporation from
1984 to 1986, as well as receiving an award from the Mayor for Mr.
Gildenhorn's work with the local arts and humanities.
has received national press coverage on his stand against apartheid by
boycotting South African products from his businesses. He has carried this
message throughout the National Restaurant Association of America.
has been an active Democratic political supporter and fund-raiser: the
Jimmy Carter Democratic Presidential candidacy; the Walter Mondale for
President candidacy and the Bill Clinton Presidential candidacy.
recognizes his responsibilities to the Washington DC community. He has
donated his time, money and business establishments for charitable causes:
The Special Olympics, The March of Dimes, the Association of Catholic
Charities, the DC Council of Churches, the DC Public Schools, the American
has served in the position of Chairperson of the DC Boxing and Wrestling
Commission. With a strong background in business and the intangible
goodwill he has developed in the local community, Mr. Gildenhorn promoted
boxing and wrestling for the District of Columbia with the end result
being increased revenue for the District as well as a stepping stone for
gifted boxers and wrestlers in the Washington, DC area; Mr. Gildenhorn
introduced mandatory AIDS testing for all boxers fighting in Washington,
DC to coincide with the Las Vegas and N.Y. State commissions.