With deep sadness and heavy hearts, we inform you of the death of long-time community leader and philanthropist, Jewish Community Center of Greater Buffalo Past President, Gretchen Gross. She was involved in a tragic car accident over the weekend in South Carolina.
Gretchen had an indomitable spirit of optimism. She was fiercely dedicated to the JCC, Camp Centerland, and children. In addition to being a JCC Past President, Gretchen received the Ralph Kushner Volunteer Services Award and served as the most recent Committee Chair of Camp Centerland.
Whether it was stepping in to cook kosher hot dogs at a PJ Library picnic, assisting the campaign to renovate the Holland Family Building, or supporting the efforts of staff leadership, Gretchen’s impact is without parallel. Her insight, experience, and wise advice enabled the JCC to succeed over the past 20 years. Sadly, she will be missed, and her memory will be a blessing for everyone at the JCC.
We will share details regarding ways to honor and memorialize Gretchen’s legacy in the coming days as we hear details from her family.
Alon Kupferman, President, JCC Board of Trustees & Michael Rawl, CEO, JCC of Greater Buffalo