“For a Dead Guy, He Throws a Great Party”

yoav@negevdirect.com 01/05/2010 Fun, Inspirational
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From: news.cincinnati.com

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“Jack Greenberg, of Symmes Township, throws himself one heck of a birthday party every year: lunch and limousine service for 37 friends and their guests, a nice speech about himself, group photographs, and gifts of $1,500 for each invitee.

But the party, which takes place today, has one quirk – Greenburg is dead.

Greenberg died Feb. 9, 2008 at age 82. During his life, he’d amassed roughly $10 million through various businesses and investments.

In addition to bequeathing millions to Jewish charities, he established a unique trust – the most unique trust his lawyers have ever seen – to pay for a special birthday annually for 20 years or until the $1.5 million in the trust runs out.”

In addition to the birthday party, Greenberg also donated:

• 20 fully-equipped ambulances – one a year for 20 years – to the American Red Magan David for Israel (ARMDI), Israel’s equivalent of the Red Cross. The ambulances are manufactured in Indiana at a cost of $75,000 each. Last year Katzman arranged for the donated ambulance to park at the cemetery during the birthday cemetery visit. This year they will view a photograph of the vehicle.

• $75,000 a year for three years to the Jewish National fund, based in New York, to plant trees in Israel. The forest is to be named after Greenberg.”

• $1 million to the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati for new construction at the Jewish Community Center. A plaque in the fitness center bears Greenberg’s name.”