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Holckner Family Donates $5 Million to Jewish Care

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3 June 2019

Jewish Care Victoria is thrilled to announce that it has received a $5 million donation from Charles Holckner OAM and his family as part of the organisation’s Growing. For our Community. Capital Campaign.

In recognition of the Holckner family’s exceptional generosity, the St Kilda Road site 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.”

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

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 [email protected] or 8517 5647.

About the Growing. For our Community. Capital Campaign
Jewish Care’s $200+ million Capital Campaign, Growing. For our Community, was launched in 2014. As the most extensive capital investment program in the history of Australian Jewry, it will encompass the construction of six major projects in the areas of aged care, disability and community services.

The historic suite of six projects includes The Holckner Family Senior Living & Community Precinct, comprising The Hannah & Daryl Cohen Family Building and St Kilda Road Stage 2; the Anne & Eric Smorgon Active Living Centre extension to Gary Smorgon House in Caulfield; the Carnegie Senior Living Community; the development of Community Housing in Fulton St and Alma Rd East St Kilda; and the Coppel & Piekarski Family Disability Respite Centre, which was completed in 2016.