Holckner Family donates $5 million to Jewish Care

June 3, 2019 by Kirsten Young
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Jewish Care Victoria has received a $5 million donation from Charles Holckner and his family as part of the organisation’s Growing. For our Community. Capital Campaign.

Charles Holckner (seated), with (L to R) Jewish Care Board Member Jeffrey Appel, Co-Vice President Susie Ivany, and CEO Bill Appleby.

In recognition of the Holckner family’s exceptional generosity, the site on St Kilda Road bordered by Punt Road, Raleigh Street and Union Street will be named The Holckner Family Senior Living & Community Precinct. It is envisioned that once completed, the Precinct will become a leading aged care and community services hub for the Victorian Jewish community.

The Holckner Family Senior Living & Community Precinct will be developed in two stages. Stage 1, the $90 million Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building, is due for completion in early 2020. The leading-edge residential aged care home is the largest of the Capital Campaign projects and will comprise seven levels of residential aged care and two levels of community services. Development of Stage 2 of the Precinct is currently in the planning stages, with extensive research undertaken by Jewish Care to determine an optimal mix of aged care and essential services to support the community into the future.

Charles Holckner was awarded an OAM in 2017 in recognition of his philanthropy and community support. He and his family have been long-standing supporters of Jewish Care. When asked about his family’s motivation to give such a significant gift to Jewish Care, Charles explained that his family’s story is like so many others. “My family arrived on these shores with nothing. Our success is due to many factors. But now that we have the means, I hope this gift will serve as a benchmark for future generations to follow.”

The extraordinary gift is believed to be the equal-largest donation in the history of the Victorian Jewish community, equalled only by that gifted to Jewish Care’s Capital Campaign by the family of Hannah and the late Daryl Cohen in 2016.

Jewish Care CEO Bill Appleby thanked the Holckner family for their incredible gift, saying “We are honoured that the Holckner family have chosen to give such a generous donation to Jewish Care. Their support is indicative of the enormous confidence and genuine excitement of our community in the transformational work we are undertaking.”

To date, the incredible generosity of the Victorian Jewish community has helped to raise $29.6 million towards the historic suite of six projects. 

For more information about The Holckner Family Senior Living & Community Precinct or the Growing. For our Community. Capital Campaign, please contact Orlee Schneeweiss on oscheeweiss@jewishcare.org.au or 8517 5647.

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