MJCCA Honors Donors Marlene and Abe Besser

Special For The AJT

(L-R): MJCCA President Doug Kuniansky, Marlene Gelernter Besser, Abe Besser, MJCCA CEO Gail Luxenberg (Photo Credit: Barry Taratoot)

The MJCCA recently held a dedication ceremony for the newly named Besser Gymnastics Pavilion, in recognition of Marlene Gelernter Besser and Abe Besser. Mr. and Mrs. Besser are also the benefactors of the MJCCA’s Besser Holocaust Memorial Garden, one of the preeminent Holocaust memorials in the Southeast.

“We are so pleased to recognize Marlene and Abe for their longtime friendship and loyal support of the MJCCA,” said Doug Kuniansky, President of the MJCCA. “This generous commitment was made in support of the MJCCA’s Framework for our Future Capital Campaign, which the agency recently completed.”

The MJCCA’s state-of-the-art, 7,000 square-foot Besser Gymnastics Pavilion houses its extensive gymnastics program including early childhood, youth, and adult gymnastics classes; Perimeter Gymnastics competitive teams; tumbling and cheerleading; birthday parties; and the MJCCA’s outstanding gymnastics summer camps.  Sports and Sports Events. All of MJCCA’s classes are led by highly trained professional coaches.

Last year, there were more than 1,100 participants in the MJCCA’s Perimeter Gymnastics program, ranging in age from infants (in the crawlers and tots class) through the adult class (which is open to the community). This number also includes gymnastics summer camp, which served approximately 360 campers over seven weeks. Last year Perimeter Gymnastics produced nine state champions and three regional champions.

“The Besser Gymnastics Pavilion enables us to offer a broad array of gymnastics programs and provides the space and equipment to house what has become one of the largest gymnastics programs in the Dunwoody/Sandy Springs area,” explains Gail Luxenberg, CEO of the MJCCA. “It was a lovely dedication ceremony and we are so pleased to have this beautiful facility carry the name of such a special family.”

For more information, contact Lora Sommer at 678.812.4078 or at lora.sommer@atlantajcc.org.