Ravitz Family ShopRites Donates $29,000 to JFS

Posted on February 21, 2013

The Ravitz Family ShopRites are proud to have raised $29,000 to benefit Sandy Recovery Efforts in Atlantic County.  The funding was presented to Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) to assist Superstorm Sandy victims’ relief and recovery services.

The Ravitz Family Foundation partnered with Scott Weber, General Manager of Redstone American Grill and Jenny Ryan of South Jersey Business Journal, to host a fundraising event in December, entitled “Celebrity Bartending.” Politicians, local businesses and citizens, as well as former Philadephia football quarterback Ron Jaworski and offensive tackle Tray Thomas, gathered at Redstone American Grill in Marlton, New Jersey for this holiday event which raised nearly $12,000 in donations through ticket sales and silent auctions.

Taking the initiative one step further, the Ravitz Family ShopRites also hosted a month-long collection in January. All five Ravitz ShopRite stores located in Cherry Hill, Marlton, Moorestown and Mount Laurel collected donations, one dollar at a time,  while customers checked out to raise an additional $17,000 to bring help and hope to their neighbors in need.

“Our campaign was successful in raising both awareness and funds to support local advocacy services and support in an area that was hit so hard by SuperStorm Sandy,” said Steve Ravitz, Chairman of the Board of the Ravitz Family Foundation and president of ShopRites of Cherry Hill. “Even though the storm hit almost four months ago, the harsh reality is people are still suffering in very basic ways. We are honored to help our community in this small but significant way.”

The Jewish Family Service in Margate will use the funds raised toward Superstorm Sandy recovery efforts, most specifically the storm-ravaged area of Absecon Island, New Jersey.  To date, Jewish Family Service has distributed basic necessities such as food, household and baby items, blankets and winter clothing to nearly 2,000 families severely affected by the storm. Funds raised will also assist displaced community members in securing permanent and necessary housing.

“We are so grateful to the Ravitz family and their partners, as well as ShopRite associates and customers, for their outstanding support of our mission,” stated Andrea Steinberg, JFS Executive Director. “This donation allows JFS to continue the critical work in our community of providing essential aid to those in our community who are still in need.”

The Ravitz family owns and operates five ShopRite stores in Burlington and Camden Counties under the ShopRite Supermarkets of Cherry Hill banner, and employs nearly 1,000 associates. Throughout its 40 years in business, ShopRite Supermarkets of Cherry Hill has been a long time supporter of key community efforts, including The Ravitz Family Foundation (http://www.ravitzfamilyfoundation.org), which aids children and families in need by providing grants to local charitable organizations.

For more information about Superstorm Sandy Recovery Efforts, how to get assistance or to donate, please contact Jewish Family Service at 609-822-1108.

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About ShopRite Partners In Caring

ShopRite Partners In Caring is a year-round, community-based, hunger-fighting initiative that works with more than 50 food industry manufacturers to provide nearly $3 million annually to qualified charitable agencies in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania. Since its inception in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $30 million to more than 1,700 charities. ShopRite Partners In Caring supports emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, child care centers, battered women's shelters, senior citizen programs, drug rehab centers, programs for the mentally and physically disabled, after-school programs and other organizations that aid those in need. The ShopRite Partners In Caring Fund was established in 2002 as a component fund of the Community Foundation of New Jersey to accept private donations that help fund its charitable endeavors. For more information or to learn how you can help, please online.