Robert PetreeOn August 25, 2015, long time builder, leader and staunch supporter of Jewish Family Services (JFS Orlando) – Robert Petree – passed away.  A Past President of JFS Orlando and recipient of the coveted George Wolly Community Leadership Award, Bob was involved in every aspect of JFS Orlando’s work in the community.  He was particularly fond of JFS’ policy to care for everyone and anyone in need in the community, regardless of the race, religion, national origin or simply, their place in life.  As President and a Board member, he worked tirelessly to improve the lives of the less fortunate in the community.   In light of Bob’s deep dedication, the Board of Directors of JFS Orlando established the Robert G. Petree Memorial Fund.

According to Mike McKee, JFS Orlando President, “Bob was a longtime leader and ardent supporter of JFS Orlando.  He served on the Board for over 30 years in many leadership positions and as JFS’ 11th President from1994-1996.  The Board established this fund in Bob’s memory, in recognition of many his years of dedicated support for the Agency and the thousands of clients that it helps.”

 “Bob’s endless support for the most vulnerable in society drew him to the work of JFS Orlando”, said Eric Geboff, Executive Director.  “During his tenure on the Board and as President, Bob continuously advocated for helping the poor, homeless and aged members in Central Florida through the many programs offered by JFS Orlando.  He truly cared about them and encouraged the Agency to increase services to them during his tenure.”

All donations to the Robert G. Petree Memorial Fund are accepted and once the fund reaches $10,000.00, income will be used to support the many programs that care for people in the community.  Donations may be made with cash, securities and/or real property and should be directed to Eric Geboff, Executive Director, JFS Orlando, 2100 Lee Rd. Winter Park, FL 32789, by calling 407-644-7593 or via e-mail, eric.geboff@jfsorlando.org.  All donations to the Fund are tax deductible to the extent provided by law.