Heart & Soul Gala 2016

2016 Heart & Soul Gala
Underwriters Auction 

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2016 Mitzvah Honorees

2016 Gala Mizvah Honorees

Benjamin Schulman & Jan Davis, David & Claire Ellman, and Steven J. Stuckey (U.S. Bank)

Benjamin Schulman

Benjamin SchulmanFor more than 30 years, Benjamin Schulman has been a dedicated and generous investor in Jewish Family Service. A decorated Naval officer, serial entrepreneur, and self-described optimist, Ben has generously supported organizations that have played a meaningful role in his life, including the Hillel at Vanderbilt University, Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Boston, and the Carlsbad Library. Ben’s contributions at JFS San Diego include the Ruby Schulman Memorial Golf Tournament, an event named for his beloved late wife, as well as the agency’s military outreach program—a cause dear to Ben since his time in the Navy. Thanks to Ben’s investments, JFS has supported thousands of San Diegans working to build better lives.

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Claire & David Ellman

Claire and David EllmanFrom South Africa to San Diego, Claire and David Ellman have demonstrated their commitment to ensuring older adults can lead safe, healthy, independent lives. From more than 25 years, the Ellmans have provided vital support to JFS’s University City Older Adult Center, focused on meeting the unique needs of older adults with dementia and their caretakers. Claire is also a founding Co-Chair of Chai South Africa, which raises funds worldwide to support needy aged adults and children living in Jewish residential homes in Southern Africa. Since immigrating to San Diego with their three children in 1987, Claire and David have served as dedicated leaders in the local, national, and international Jewish communities, exemplifying Jewish Family Service’s commitment to Kehillah (community) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).

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U.S. Bank

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Steve Stuckey

Steven J. Stuckey
Senior Vice President,
San Diego Market President
U.S. Bank 

U.S. Bank believes that doing the right thing for its customers starts with doing the right thing in the community. U.S. Bank’s 800 local employees are actively engaged in volunteer projects across San Diego. Every year, U.S. Bank also gives $1 million in grants to 150 nonprofit organizations across San Diego County. U.S. Bank shares JFS’s commitment to empowering individuals and families who are financially vulnerable to become economically independent. In pursuit of this common goal, the company has been a dedicated investor in Ways to Work, JFS’s low-interest car loan and financial education program for low income working parents, as well as Roy’s Desert Resource Center, JFS’s comprehensive homeless resource center in the Coachella Valley. These efforts haven’t gone unnoticed. U.S. Bank is one of two banks in the United States to be named one of “2015 World’s Most Ethical Companies” by Ethisphere.