(Washington, DC) October 13, 2007 — Dr. Sheila C. Johnson was inducted into the Washington International Horse Show Hall of Fame tonight, joining the ranks of some of the most esteemed and revered supporters of the WIHS over the course of the show’s 49-year run. For almost a decade, Johnson has served as a longtime exhibitor, generous sponsor, dedicated member of the Board of Directors and WIHS President and Chairman of the board. Past honorees include H. Fenwick Kollock, 2002; Austin H. Kiplinger 2001; Kenneth & Sallie Wheeler, 2000; and Jane Dillon 1999.
“It’s an honor to have a supporter and leader of Sheila’s stature. We are gracious for her generous support, invaluable leadership and the tireless energy she has dedicated to the WIHS for the past decade. Sheïla has guided the WIHS to its most successful years in the Verizon Center and it’s with great honor that we welcome her to the WIHS Hall of Fame,” said Susan Webb, Executive Director of the WIHS.
Dr. Johnson, a noted philanthropist, also supports the United Negro College Fund; SUNY Morrisville; Strings for Schools in Philadelphia; Urban Gateways in Chicago; and The Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts. In addition to those organizations, she recently established the Sheila C. Johnson Performing Arts Center at the Hill School in Middleburg, VA.
Dr. Johnson currently oversees a growing portfolio of luxury properties as the CEO of Salamander Hospitality, LLC, including Market Salamander, Woodlands Resort & Inn, and Innside Resort and Golf Club. Dr. Johnson also takes time out of her demanding schedule to speak out globally on behalf of the International Center for Missing & Exploited Children. She has worked tirelessly to help introduce tougher sanction and legislation, helping to protect countless children around the world.