The Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) Jacobs Family Campus recently accepted a $1.8 million donation to the JCC Movement from Sharon and David Wax of San Diego. The generous couple made a recent $3.6 million donation to the JCC Movement — $1.8 million to JCC Association of North America and $1.8 million to the JCC in La Jolla. Recognizing the value of the JCC Movement, both locally and across the continent, the Waxes’ gift will strategically enhance the movement’s endeavors to advance and enrich North American Jewish life.
“David and Sharon’s incredible gift is the culmination of decades of philanthropy and leadership they have offered to our community and the JCC Movement,” said Betzy Lynch, CEO of the Lawrence Family JCC of San Diego County – Jacobs Family Campus, where Wax serves on the JCC past chairs advisory board. “David and Sharon’s passion and commitment to our work has elevated our impact on so many occasions, but at this moment in time, now more than ever, their gift truly breathed life into our JCC during this unprecedented time of need.”
The Waxes donation will help fund programs like All Day at the J, which allows working parents to have a place for their children, in grades K-8, to go during the day to work on their school’s distance learning curriculum. Based on the CDC’s health and safety principles and tactics used at our Nierman Preschool and Camp Jaycee, children will have academic support, enhanced social interactions, and enriching activities that add to their distance learning experience.
“Sharon and I are proud to recognize and honor the work of the JCC Movement, here within our local San Diego home community and across North America,” said Wax. “We are hopeful that our gift provides illumination to strengthen the continuity of our work, along with the programs and services provided within our JCC communities during and beyond these unprecedented times.”
On the continental level, Wax, a member of JCC Association’s board of trustees since 2004, serves as a vice chair and co-chairs the donor development and stewardship committee. He previously chaired the professional development and JCC Maccabi® committees and has served on numerous other committees.
Recently retired from WAXIE Sanitary Supply, the family-held company founded by Wax’s father, Morris, and Morris’ brother, Harry, Wax held positions in all areas of the company throughout his career, including, among others, customer service, purchasing, sales, and sales management. He held branch management roles in Utah, Los Angeles, and most recently served as executive vice president, with responsibility over the organization’s California location portfolio. WAXIE Sanitary Supply recently joined forces with Chicago-based North American Corporation and FEMSA, a multinational beverage, retail, and logistics company, to become the premier national platform for Jan-San, packaging, and specialized distribution in the U.S.
Gary E. Jacobs, JCC Association board chair, shared these comments about the Waxes’ gift: “As a fellow San Diegan, I am especially delighted that Sharon and David have continued their leadership within the JCC Movement in this noteworthy and most generous way. Their decision to support both Jewish communal life in San Diego and JCC Association as it guides and furthers the work of U.S. and Canadian JCCs from coast to coast is a fine example for others in all our JCC communities to follow.”
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