2019 Outstanding Small Business Philanthropist
Jack Kravitz of Kravitz Delicatessen & Inspired Catering
Kravitz Delicatessen & Inspired Catering was established in 1939 on the Northside of Youngstown, and is now run by the founder’s son, Jack Kravitz. Kravitz Deli is a true Youngstown landmark, surviving when many other businesses in the Valley have not. Owner Jack Kravitz continually strives to give back to the community and make a difference, and that was especially evident during the last year when the deli helped ease the negative impact of some of the region’s most recent economic challenges.
During the 2019 government shutdown, Kravitz Deli was one of the first to step up and support those in need by hosting a free dinner for the federal government employees. The deli also offered half-price deals for the employees of General Motors on their last day of work. Kravitz Deli & Inspired Catering has donated or discounted food and catering services to various fundraising events including those for the Mahoning Valley Historical Society, Grow Youngstown, Goodwill, OH WOW! Children's Center for Science & Technology, McDonough Museum, Empty Bowls at YSU, the Packard Museum, WYSU, Polish Youngstown, MillCreek Park and Junior Achievement of the Mahoning Valley.
Jack has been President of the Second Harvest Food Bank, President of Akiva Academy, President of Grown Youngstown and founder and first President of the Poland Village Business Association. Jack was recently recognized as a 5 year SCORE business mentor and has given the use of the Kravitz facility to SCORE for the Bagels to Business program.
Kravitz Delicatessen has allowed the McGuffey Society to use its facility once a month on Saturday mornings for speakers highlighting the history of the Mahoning Valley.
Tom Welsh, author and Memorable Meals organizer, says of Jack Kravitz, “he has not only distinguished himself as a visionary and innovative entrepreneur, but he has also played a supportive role in a wide range of community projects and organizations. As a member of numerous boards, he has worked tirelessly toward the betterment of Youngstown-Warren area. Time and again, he has taken a leading role in organizing projects and events that celebrate the diversity-rich history of our community. The success of these programs has been a tribute to his creativity, as well as his confidence and high level of commitment. This metropolitan area would be noticeably poorer in the absence of his participation.”
2019 Outstanding Corporate Philanthropist
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC
Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC, a corporation with four generations that have kept the name Sweeney in the forefront of the car industry in the valley for nearly 100 years. The company’s strategy is to differentiate themselves by emphasizing consistently high-quality service, a reliable vehicle and support along the way. President Doug Sweeney, Vice President Alexa Sweeney Blackann and the entire Sweeney team firmly believe in giving back to the community by giving of their time, talent and treasure in meaningful ways. For generations, the dealership and its employees have generously supported non-profit organizations that help address the most critical community needs – from health and poverty to youth services, education, arts and culture. Sweeney Chevrolet Buick GMC’s history of philanthropy is rooted in its core value of being a good corporate citizen and taking care of the community in which its family and employees proudly live and work.