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“If you really mean it, if you want to do something about it, you should go to the courthouse tomorrow and get a restraining order.”
That moment is blazed into my memory. It was a Tuesday, five years ago, and it was the worst day of my marriage. The arguments between me and my husband had come to a head and the unthinkable happened. An argument turned into violence and I found myself dialing 9-1-1. I took my two young children and fled to the home of a friend. I’ve lived in Tucson since 2003 and have a good job, but my paycheck wasn’t enough to cover more than the basics for my young children and me. As the school year was drawing to a close, I wasn’t sure how I was going to manage over the summer.

25% of Tucson’s children live below poverty level. Help us serve every child through the gift of a summer of learning, friendships, and lifelong memories.

I wanted my children to have summers like I had with my sister. I remember swimming and laughing, adventuring to other times and places in our imaginations, and making friendships that last a lifetime. The memories are especially sweet because my sister had been turned away at every other preschool in the area. She was born premature with some developmental disabilities. Luckily, our hometown JCC had a preschool that embraced our entire family and they didn’t flinch at her differences.

In my memories, the summer I spent at the JCC was perfect. I want my children to have that same sense of a safe, embracing community: a place where the tumult of the divorce cannot touch them. I took a chance and I went to meet with Sue Gawera in membership at the Tucson J. I shared my story and she walked me through the forms and helped me apply for assistance.

Only you can keep our doors open to all. Please make your commitment today.

We’ve been here ever since. My children are growing up in the embrace of this community, attending Camp J, and flourishing as they embrace the values that Camp J instills. I spend each day doing everything I can to try to give back to this community that has given me so much.

Please join me in supporting the opportunity for all children to make lasting memories, forever friendships, and adventures of a lifetime. Help send a child to camp today.

Thank you for your support,

Mary Margaret Marcantonio
Cati and Jonas Marcantonio

Endowment Funds

Endowment Funds: What is an Endowment Fund?

An endowment fund is a permanent fund that has earnings to benefit a charity. Revenue from a fund can be designated for a specific purpose providing a revenue stream to fund core programs, provide scholarships or support operations. An endowment fund is designed to function in perpetuity, making it possible to provide financial support over the long-term. Annual distributions are made based on a spending rate set by the Board of Directors.


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This permanently restricted endowment fund, by far the largest fund held by the JCC, was established in 1997 when a generous challenge gift was offered by the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. At year end 2009, the fund held $2,716,226 and provided $136,000 which was used solely for scholarships for J families in need.

Donations made to the Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Endowment Fund of $2,500 and above are recognized on a beautiful permanent display at the JCC. Gifts of any size are welcome and invested immediately. To make a gift, use the online donation form.


Named endowments can be created as long as they fit within the mission and values of the Tucson Jewish Community Center and are not too restrictive in nature. A named endowment fund can be created with a gift at a minimum of $25,000.

  • The Joseph and Pauline Adams Endowment Fund (Scholarships)
  • Paul Ash Family Maccabi Youth Endowment Fund (JCC Association Maccabi Games)
  • Elizabeth & Benjamin Brook Endowment Fund (Early Childhood Education Scholarships)
  • Marian Cerf Endowment Fund (Holocaust Education)
  • Deanne Diamond Campership Fund (Camp Scholarships)
  • Lorraine Linder Endowment Fund (Senior Grocery Shopping)
  • The George & Roslyn Girard Miller Endowment Fund (Camp Scholarships)
  • The Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Endowment Fund (Scholarships)
  • Erin Schoenberg Memorial Endowment Fund (Early Childhood Education Scholarships)
  • Shanhouse Endowment Fund (Unrestricted)
  • Beth Stern Memorial Endowment Fund (Employee Excellence Awards)

To make a gift to any of these funds use the online donation form.

Donate Online

Supporting the J couldn’t be any easier! This secure online giving form can be filled out and sent with a click if you choose to make your gift with a credit card. If you would like to make a gift by check you may fill out the pages and print them on your computer and mail it the old fashioned way.

Please be assured that your credit card information remains strictly confidential and secure.

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Thank you for making the J a part of your charitable giving!