Congratulations, Leona Aronoff-Sadacca, on being named Outstanding Honoree: Legacy Award for Orange County's 2023 National Philanthropy Day (NPD)! We look forward to celebrating Leona at this year's event, Thursday, November 16, at the City National Grove of Anaheim.
"Leona, through her outstanding philanthropy, has brought dreams to life for nonprofit organizations and in the process has helped us strengthen and serve our communities. As she has recognized the importance of nonprofits in shaping a more just world, it seems only just that she be recognized for being an outstanding philanthropist amongst her peers." Erik Ludwig, Ph.D., President & CEO
The following organizations nominated Leona: Jewish Federation of Orange County, Pacific Symphony, Think Together, South Coast Repertory, Hebrew Union College Institute of Religion, and Temple Bat Yahm.
Please join us in honoring Leona by making a tribute donation in support of the Jewish Federation’s Holocaust Survivor Program. Your donation ensures over 170 Orange County Holocaust survivors receive the care and support they need to age with dignity.
“I believe in “Tikkun Olam,” which means that it is our responsibility to make the world a better place since we stand on the shoulders of others before us. I felt the best avenue is through giving to children’s causes in each of the organizations I belong. Children are our future! – Leona Aronoff-Sadacca
Leona and her husband Jack moved to Orange County in 1998, with her husband passing away after 40 years of marriage soon after they arrived. In 2002, her life began again with her husband Joe Sadacca, and in 2007, she retired from Gate City Beverage Company as President/CEO, as well as an insurance company, leasing company, non-alcoholic beverage company, and a trucking company. Her philanthropic life began at an early age and includes, among many organizations, Hebrew Union College, Think Together, American Heart Assoc., the Leona Aronoff Rabbinic Mentoring Program, Temple Bat Yahm, Pacific Symphony, South Coast Repertory, and the Jewish Federation of OC. Awards include Outstanding Young Women in America 1960, Who’s Who in America 1981, the Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital Shirley N. Pettis Award, 2012, the National Beer Wholesalers Association Lifetime Achievement Award 2006, and the Jewish Club of 1933 Philanthropic and Heritage Award 2011.