The Harry & Rose Samson Family Jewish Community Center (JCC) announced on June 5 the slate of community leaders who will serve as honorary co-chairs for the 2015 JCC Maccabi Games, which will take place Aug. 2-7, 2015.
The co-chairs include: Mark Attanasio, owner of the Milwaukee Brewers, and his wife Debbie; former Senator and former Milwaukee Bucks owner Herb Kohl; the Lubar family; former Commissioner of Major League Baseball Allan “Bud” Selig and his wife Sue; and Milwaukee Admirals owner and chief executive officer Harris Turer.
Members of the Lubar family at the Jewish Family Services’ “Luncheon ofChampions” on May 20, 2014. Photo by Dan Zaitz.
The involvement of these families is a reflection of the Games themselves, according to Mark Shapiro, JCC president and CEO.
“It speaks to the power of the Games that these benevolent leaders, each of whom are individually community legends in their own right, have come together to invest in a meaningful way,” he said. “This community is blessed with their advocacy, and the JCC Maccabi Games will be far better for their support.”
The Games will open at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Saturday, Aug. 2. During the five-day athletic competition, more than 1,000 teens from around the world will compete in more than 15 individual and team sports, and will engage the community in social action and volunteer projects known as “JCC Cares.”
The JCC Maccabi Games will involve 500 host families, 1,000 volunteers and 150 teen athletes from the Greater Milwaukee area, in addition to visiting families, spectators and community partners.
The community-wide event has received the support of a number of corporate and institutional partners including Bader Philanthropies, Brewers Community Foundation, Northwestern Mutual Foundation, The Marcus Corporation, Daniel M. Soref Charitable Trust and WE Energies Foundation, among others.
The 2015 JCC Maccabi Games will have a lasting effect on all of Southeastern Wisconsin, according to Moshe Katz, co-chair of the Games and immediate past chair of the JCC.
“A successful Games — both during the week of Aug. 2 and well beyond — is the product of leaders coming together, investing in this vision, and demonstrating our shared values,” Katz said. “An event of this scope and magnitude, an event that is guaranteed to galvanize our community and inspire future leaders, would not be possible without the support of many corporate sponsors, foundations and individual donors, in addition to a host of volunteers.”
For more information regarding the JCC Maccabi Games, visit milwaukeemaccabi.org.