Since 2013, Community Foundation of South Jersey (CFSJ) has celebrated our region’s exceptionally generous individuals and families with the Legacy of Giving Award. Each of the honorees has used their passion, knowledge and network to help others overcome struggles. Their legacies are about more than donating money. They selflessly give their time, talent and resources, maximizing the impact they have on the lives of people in South Jersey and beyond.
Our first recipient in 2013, Rob Kugler, an attorney for Archer & Greiner and one of the founding Board members for CFSJ was key to launching the organization. Rob quietly, yet persistently lead CFSJ through the legalities of starting a new non-profit long before any staff was hired. As a volunteer, Rob led negotiations and fine-tuned our affiliate agreement with Community Foundation of New Jersey (CFNJ). He also represented South Jersey on CFNJ’s Investment Committee.
Rob is a long-time Board Chair for Symphony In C, having served on their Board for more than 26 years. In addition, Mr. Kugler’s extensive involvement in charitable, civic and professional organizations includes more than 40 years of dedicated service to the American Cancer Society (ACS). He currently serves on the National Board of Directors and as Secretary of the ACS, the world’s largest volunteer health organization.
In 2014, CFSJ honored two extraordinary South Jersey families. The Holmans, owners of the Holman Automotive Group and the Healey Family who own Viking Yachts based in New Gretna.
In addition to a decades-long of history donating time, money and cars to local non-profit organizations, the Holman family’s relationship with United Way of Camden County dates back to Steward Holman, one of the founders of Rice & Holman, and a founding Board member of the Community Chest of Camden — now part of United Way of Greater Philadelphia and South Jersey (UWGPSJ).
Mindy Holman, president and CEO of Holman Automotive is a UWGPSJ Board member and was instrumental in the merger that created the new regional United Way. Through business or personal donations, the Holmans have contributed well over a million dollars to more than 375 different South Jersey organizations. Mindy is the current Board President of CFSJ.
Robert Healey, co-owner of Viking Yachts and his daughter Christine Healey were also honored in 2014. They have combined forces to support and reshape Catholic education in Camden and throughout the region. Robert Healy has been recognized for his commitment to Catholic education and the impact it has throughout one’s life. Christine Healey is also nationally recognized for her leadership in improving Catholic education in underprivileged communities.
The Healey family gives back through the Healey Education Foundation, Children’s Resource Center, Gleneayre Equestrian Program and the Healey International Relief Foundation. Christine serves as president of the Healey Education Foundation investing in the sustainability and growth of Catholic schools. Under Christine’s leadership, the foundation has expanded to serve nearly 60 elementary and high schools across four dioceses in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland.
In 2013, Robert Healey was presented with St. Joseph’s University’s Shield of Loyola – a prestigious honor given to those who’s lives reflect the values of St. Ignatius Loyola. Robert Healey is a recognized leader who has made it his life’s work to help communities preserve and enhance Catholic education.
Christine co-founded and chairs the board of the Catholic Partnership Schools, a dynamic model of Catholic urban education designed to strengthen and sustain the five Catholic schools in Camden.
In 2015, Lewis Katz & Marcy Dalsey were selected to receive Legacy of Giving awards posthumously.
Lewis Katz was the founder and director of the Katz Foundation, which throughout his lifetime supported a wide variety of charitable, educational and medical causes. A native of Camden, his business accomplishments and philanthropy touched countless men, women and children in South Jersey and beyond. Two Boys & Girls Clubs in Camden, the Jewish Community Center in Cherry Hill, as well as Temple and Columbia Universities were among the organizations that benefited from his extraordinary generosity. In 2011, he founded the recently-renamed Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School, part of Camden’s Charter School Network, which now serves children from Camden’s Parkside and Cramer Hill communities.
Marcy Dalsey co-founded the Katz Dalsey Academy Charter School (formerly known as the Katz Academy Charter School). She had worked with Katz family organizations in various capacities since 2007, including as executive director of the Drew A. Katz Foundation. Born in Camden, but raised in Pennsauken, her 35-year passion and commitment to serving others could only be trumped by her love for her four children, Chelsea, Robert, Grace and John Dalsey. Early in her career, she fed her passion for service by working with organizations like Food Bank of South Jersey, Volunteers of America Delaware Valley, Cooper Hospital, Covenant House, The Michael Bolton Foundation, The Chris Evert Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
Both Katz and Dalsey perished suddenly in a plane crash in 2014 as they were heading home from a political fundraiser in New England.
Mark and Ann Baiada, this year’s Legacy of Giving honorees, share this honor with others who lived in, loved and gave in South Jersey. We will celebrate their generosity and impact of two more gracious philanthropists on October 27th at the Community House in Moorestown.
Celebrate the Generosity & Impact of Mark & Ann Baiada
Thursday, October 27 | 6:30 PM
Moorestown Community House
16 East Main Street, Moorestown, NJ