Dick and Dottie Appelbaum, JFS Orlando Pantry to Plate 2014

Dick Appelbaum has been a member of the JFS Board since 2012. He grew up in the Bronx, NY and attended Hunter College. He moved to Orlando, FL in 1962 to work for Tupperware as a buyer of motivational and incentive gifts and awards. Soon after, he married his wife Dottie and had three daughters, Ali, Jill, and Julie.

After ten years with Tupperware, Dick decided to start his own business, The Dick Appelbaum Company. It soon became a family business, including Dottie, her mom Rose, and daughter Ali. They were even honored with the first Partnership Award presented by the Direct Selling Association. After 35 years, Dick retired from the family business and passed on the specialty division, Richard’s Incentives, to his daughter Ali.

Dick and Dottie Appelbaum and friends, JFS Spring Brunch 2016

Since a young age, community service was important to Dick, a member of the Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and later the National Guard. He and his friends even started a chapter of APO, a scouting based service fraternity, at Hunter. Here in Orlando, Dick has served as President of the JCC twice, was chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando, and currently sits on the board of Kinneret, JFS Orlando, the Jewish Pavilion, and other local agencies and associations.

Dick and Dottie Appelbaum, JFS Orlando Spring Brunch 2015

Besides his many awards and accolades, however, Dick says his greatest rewards have been his daughters, son-in-laws, and grandchildren. “My grandparents are the most loving people I’ve ever met,” says granddaughter Carly. “They taught me to think of others first and to give back to my community.”*

And JFS Orlando has surely felt this love and generosity and could not be more grateful to have Dick as one of its leaders.

*Orlando’s Jewish Lifestyle Magazine, Spring 2018 Vol. 2 Issue 1, pg 28-29


Interested in helping families in crisis right here in Central Florida? Apply to join our Board of Directors by completing an application and emailing it to Executive Director, Eric Geboff at Eric.Geboff@JFSorlando.org.