The success of a community is dependent upon its members. Communities thrive or perish, depending on the generosity, volunteerism and compassion of the people who live and work there. Thanks to philanthropist Sam Boraie, New Brunswick is the kind of place that serves as a model for what can happen when leaders demonstrate a passion for their community as a whole.
As a member of the Board of Trustees of the historical State Theatre of New Jersey, located in New Brunswick, Boraie is enthusiastic about celebrating the rich and diverse history of New Jersians by showcasing performing artists that appeal to a wide range of audiences of all ages.
In the summer, the company sponsors a movie series that enables families to see popular, family-friendly movies at no charge. Source: http://www.nytimes.com/2005/03/06/realestate/at-two-extremes-of-a-housing-market.html. This incredibly popular program allows families of all income levels to enjoy a night out at the movies. The company is most known for its extensive development in New Jersey, creating jobs, residences and entertainment venues, but it’s philanthropy in the area is immeasurable, particularly for low-wage earners who have limited entertainment dollars.
Boraie also serves on the Advisory Board of Elijah’s Promise, an organization dedicated to ensuring that low-income families in the New Brunswick area have access to nutritious meals. Recognizing that hunger impacts the ability for children to learn and adults to be their most productive, Elijah’s Promise, through the generous support of donors like Boraie, operates a community soup kitchen, a culinary arts school and a pay-as-you-can café. In addition to providing more than 100,000 meals per year, Elijah’s Promise provides training programs that allow individuals to find jobs and develop careers in the food service industry.
While Boraie’s financial pledges to the organizations he supports are critical to executing their mission, the gift of his time, energy and personal commitment to the organizations he serves are equally as important. Boraie’s long-standing commitment to revitalizing the New Brunswick community, through his gifts and personal attention, have been catalysts to restoring the community, stimulating growth and proving a place where all can survive, thrive and enjoy a better quality of life. He is an example of how leadership and commitment can make communities like New Brunswick and the surrounding areas a healthier place to live, work and play.