2017-06-21 / Voice at the Shore

JCC celebrates another year, thanks volunteers

By ELLEN WEISMAN STRENGER Voice shore editor


JCC CEO Jack Fox (from left), President Mark Neumann, President-elect Eric Share, COO Marg Mancuso Rosenblatt, and CFO John Rios celebrate the JCC’s successes at the annual meeting. JCC CEO Jack Fox (from left), President Mark Neumann, President-elect Eric Share, COO Marg Mancuso Rosenblatt, and CFO John Rios celebrate the JCC’s successes at the annual meeting. The JCC honored several volunteers who went above-and-beyond at its annual meeting on May 15. “Volunteering to help others is one of the greatest gifts we can give,” JCC president Marc Neumann told the roughly 50 attendees present.

In reviewing the year’s challenges and successes, Neumann praised all involved in hastily assembling a JCC security committee in response to threats received by JCCs nationally. He also mentioned the board’s ongoing efforts to find a successor to JCC Executive Director Jack Fox, who is approaching retirement. “This is a big project for the board,” he said.

Fox also spoke about the importance of JCCs in the lives of individuals and communities.

“It’s really a business where we create positive changes in people’s lives,” Fox said, noting some of his own experiences growing up with the JCC in Cleveland, OH— “where my mother learned English”—and later in Columbus, OH, where he took his own children. He said his experiences were very much like those of recent JCC gala honoree Leo Schoffer, a local businessman who saw JCC as playing a central role in his life and that of his children.

“JCCs have been around for 106 years,” said Fox. “How many lives do you think JCC has touched in 106 years— 10,000, 20,000, 100,000?” Families look different today than they did 106 years ago, he added, and the services JCCs offer have changed accordingly and will continue to do so.

Among those receiving awards at the meeting was local attorney Samantha Wolf, who received the Allen Staller Young Leadership Award. A JCC board member since 2008, Wolf is heavily involved with the AC Marathon Race Series, a major fundraiser for the JCC.

“Samantha is a self-starter who exemplifies what the award and the JCC represents,” said Allen Staller, who presented the award. He also noted that the award is not given out annually, but rather only in years when a particular individual meets the award criteria.

Former employee and JCC volunteer Michele Albano received the Susan Braunstein Volunteer of the Year Award. “No one has worked harder on behalf of the JCC than Michele,” said former JCC President Steven Brog.

Maryann Mazur, a long-time JCC fitness instructor for older adults, was named as winner of the Sadie Nauy Older Adult Service Award.

“Maryann has a natural ability to bring out the best in people,” said JCC COO Marg Mancuso Rosenblatt. “She is an exemplary leader.”

New board members Susan Cohen, Cindy Baen, and Moshe Shinar were also installed at the annual meeting. 

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