Four Generations of Donors

October 11, 2016

marx-family1Gary Marx is proud to be the third generation of a four-generation Atlanta Jewish family that has supported Federation’s Community Campaign since the 1980s. He’s the grandson of Hugh and Paula Marx — Jews who fled Germany just one week before Kristallnacht. Gary’s father Albert was just five years old when the family arrived in America and settled in Arkansas. The Marxes eventually moved to Atlanta and built a family packaging business where Gary is now CEO and his son Jeffrey heads operations. It’s a Jewish success story and a heritage Gary shares with quiet pride. “Members of my family have benefitted from Federation programs, from geriatric rehabilitation services to Birthright. Being part of the Campaign is just something I feel I have to do.”

For Jeffrey Marx, 27, the fourth generation, Federation is also a place of engagement. “My family’s history, on both sides, is the driving factor in why I support Federation. The translated German letters I’ve read about my great-grandfather coming to America have inspired me. He had to flee everything he knew and yet kept a positive outlook. Being a German-Jewish salesman in the South after World War I must have been incredibly challenging. That optimism has carried over to my grandfather Albert, another tremendous role model for me. I’ve seen the good works of Federation out in the community on mini-missions, and it inspires me to carry my family legacy forward as a donor.”

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