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Marcus Jewish center announces launch of its $7.5 million capital campaign
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April 01, 2014 01:30 PM | 2437 views | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Gail Luxenberg
Gail Luxenberg
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta recently unveiled the public phase of its $7.5 million comprehensive capital campaign.

Funds raised through the campaign will reconfigure, renovate and enhance the center’s infrastructure at its Dunwoody Zaban Park campus and its overnight summer camp — Camp Barney Medintz — in Cleveland. To date, the center has raised more than $6.8 million, with lead gifts coming from Marlene and Abe Besser, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, The Ron and Lisa Brill Charitable Trust, Lynne M. and Howard I. Halpern, The Marcus Foundation Inc. and The Zaban Family Foundation.

“This is an exciting time for the center,” Gail Luxenberg, center CEO said. “The agency’s annual user rates are the highest in our 104-year history. We are pleased that our myriad of programs and services are reaching the lives of 55,000-plus people from across metro Atlanta every year — from infants to mature adults, from teens to young adults, from singles to young families, from basketball players to theater-goers to summer campers.

“For the past seven years, our senior management and governance board have been focused on the agency’s fiscal health. Our facilities have been properly maintained but heavily used so before our current facilities are unable to meet the community’s demands for first-rate athletics, preschool, camps and cultural programming, we must make a substantial investment in our infrastructure. That is why we are calling this campaign the framework for the future.”

Ron Brill, former chief financial officer of The Home Depot, has taken on his first major fundraising leadership role at the center, as the chair of the capital campaign.

“I see this campaign as an opportunity to ensure the continued health and success of an agency that I consider to be vital to our community and to my own family,” Brill said. “We are fortunate to have committed leadership and stakeholders who have stepped forward with early and generous gifts. Now it is the community’s chance to join us. We can all play a part in the framework of our future.”

“I am particularly proud and appreciative of the hard and thoughtful work all of our board members, volunteers and staff have done to meet the community’s growing and ever-changing needs,” Steven Cadranel, center president said. “Thanks to their efforts, our preschools, camps and community outreach are truly considered best in class. Our donors’ generosity has been amazing and our future is very bright, but there is still work to be done to continue serving more people and families, and connecting them to their Jewish identity.”

The center’ capital campaign objectives include:

Zaban Park
The center’s Zaban Park Campus is a place where community members meet, engage and connect. Its core programs have either reached their maximum capacity or are nearing those limits. Campaign funds will be used to strengthen its infrastructure and refurbish some of the most highly trafficked resources for its day camps, preschool and sports and fitness programs.

Camp Barney Medintz
The center’s resident summer camp, Camp Barney Medintz, has been a strong priority for the agency since its founding more than 50 years ago. The overnight camp, beloved by generations of campers, will receive significant improvements to its facilities — cabins, swimming pools, staff housing — ensuring that the next generations of campers can participate in the overnight camping experience.

For information or to contribute to the center’s capital campaign, contact Staci Brill, (678) 812-4150 or visit

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