Campus Gala to Honor Mandels

At the Annual Campus Gala on Nov. 14, we will celebrate for the benefit of the Shaw JCC, Lippman School and Jewish Family Service–organizations on the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life. This year, we honor Lisa and Thom Mandel for their ongoing dedication, leadership and generosity to the Campus and community.

"Thom and Lisa represent the best in our community,” said Shelley and David Koch, co-chairs of the Gala (along with Debra Shifrin and Steve Newman). “Their civic-minded involvement sets an example for all of us to follow.”

“Thom has provided longstanding leadership in our Jewish community and the general community,” said Mark Bober. “He has served as President of the Shaw JCC as well as President of United Way of Summit County.”  Thom currently sits on the boards of the Jewish Community Board of Akron and Akron’s Victim Assistance Program.

“Their interests extend to education and particularly early childhood education,” noted Marc Merklin. “In fact, Thom has been involved on a national level with JCC Association in helping to develop the Sheva program, which is being used at JCCs throughout the continental United States.”

Recently, the Mandels significantly contributed to the renovations of the Shaw JCC indoor pool, and Thom was co-chair of the Make a Splash! committee.

Lisa has volunteered extensively in the Akron Jewish community and for many non-profits in Akron. At the Shaw JCC, she has served on committees for the Member Picnic, Camp, The Maccabi Games, the Jewish Women’s Endowment Fund, Purim Ball and more. Since 1999, Lisa has been a trustee on the board of WITAN (Women In Touch with Akron’s Needs). She has also volunteered for Temple Israel, VictimAssistance, CASA/GAL, Alpha Delta Pi, Mature Services, Old Trail School, Boys & Girls’ Clubs, The Akron Marathon, The Aladdin Foundation, United Disability Services, Children’s Hospital, and many other organizations and events.

Beyond the Shaw JCC and Schultz Campus, Thom is CEO of Akron’s Rubber City Radio Group. He sits on the Board of Trustees for the Ohio Association of Broadcasters, and he is Director for Parkwood Corporation, a private investment group supervising the portfolios of the Mandel Family, and the Jack, Joe & Mort Mandel Foundation.
“I am delighted that the Jewish community will be honoring the Mandels for their leadership and contributions to the community,” said Merklin. “Thom and Lisa have demonstrated a leadership style premised on quiet but effective advocacy for the community and the programs and services provided by the agencies.”

Bober added: “We are fortunate and privileged to have Thom and Lisa as members of our community and grateful for the leadership roles they have provided over the years.”

The Campus Gala: Paradise Under the Stars will be (held) Saturday, November 14 at 6:30 pm. It takes place at the Schultz Campus for Jewish Life, 750 White Pond Drive in Akron. Tickets are $125 each if purchased before November 1 and may be purchased at or by calling 330-836-0419. Sponsorship opportunities are available; contact Ceil at or 330-836-0419.


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