NSU honors Fort Lauderdale couple for philanthropyFebruary 7th, 2017 - Brett Diaz
Pearl and Dr. Stanley Goodman of Fort Lauderdale were honored for their philanthropy by Nova Southeastern University recently with the 2017 President’s Award For Excellence in Community Service.
The Goodmans have enshrined both the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale and Goodman Jewish Family Services of Broward County with their philanthropy.
More than 400 guests, which included four generations of the Goodman family and prominent trustees and board members of GJFS (named after the Goodmans in 2014) and NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale, celebrated the achievements of Pearl and Dr. Stanley Goodman.
The Goodmans were honored during the 19th annual NSU Celebration of Excellence event that took place at the NSU campus in Davie.
“The Goodmans share what I call ‘synergy’ of a love of the arts and community with a lot of passion for family, philanthropy, lifelong learning and Latin American art. Among the many recipients of their time, talent and treasure include Goodman Jewish Family Service, NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Broward Center for the Performing Arts and the millions of people benefiting from one or more of these worthy nonprofits,” said NSU President George Hanbury II in presenting the award.
“There are no bigger hearts or nicer mensches than Pearl and Stanley. They set an example for all of us on how to give generously and to act generously. Goodman JFS has experienced tremendous growth ever since they invested in our agency and we were delighted to name the organizations after them,” said Jacob Schreiber, chief executive officer of GJFS.
“Because of the generosity of the Goodmans, the NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale has become home to the finest exhibits of Latin American art,” said Bonnie Clearwater, director and chief curator at NSU Art Museum of Fort Lauderdale.
“Stan and I are overwhelmed by all of you coming tonight for the Celebration of Excellence event,” said Pearl Goodman, after accepting the award with her husband.
“Art is one of our passions. I am pleased that we have collected Latin American art for 25 years and to be on the Board of Trustees at NSU Art Museum for 17 years,” said Dr. Stanley Goodman, a retired cardiologist.
The Goodmans began their collection of Latin American art when they purchased a small watercolor while in Mexico in 1990. Over the past 27 years, their collection of Latin American art grew to include the woks of top artists such as Leonora Carrington and Diego Rivera.
The Goodmans designed a bequest that has made NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale home to their collection of 90 paintings as well as a research and study center for Latin American art, with a strong emphasis on Mexican artists.
“We started the collection because of our many relatives in Mexico. Then our interest in art grew once we learned about the lives and deep emotions being expressed in the paintings by the Latin American artists,” said Pearl Goodman.
In 2015, the Goodmans were also formally honored by Goodman Jewish Family Service for their $3 million donation which, according to GJFS staff, is the largest donation that the agency has ever received.
“It is with so much joy to help Jewish Family Service. They help the youth, Holocaust survivors, the frail elderly with so many worthwhile programs, such as feeding the seniors,” said Pearl Goodman.
According to Seth Wise, immediate past chairman of GJFS, the $3 million donation by the Goodmans accounts for approximately half of the annual budget.
“Many worthy organizations do not have the stability that JFS has now because of the generosity of the Goodmans. The $3 million donation means that JFS can now plan programs and service our community for at least 50 more years,” said Wise.
The Goodmans were both born in 1929 and have been married for 62 years, residing in Fort Lauderdale. In addition to JFS and the Museum of Art, the Goodmans have donated to the Multiple Myeloma Foundation after their son Arnold, a physician, died of myeloma at age 56 in 2014.
Gladdman, Marvin. (2017, February 6) NSU honors Fort Lauderdale couple for philanthropy. Retrieved from http://www.sun-sentinel.com