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July 11, 2014  RSS feed

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New planned Tampa JCC Aquatic Center named after Mezrah family

The aquatics complex at Tampa’s new JCC, currently in the planning stages and set to be developed at the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory in south Tampa, will be named after the Diane and Leon Mezrah Family including their children Lee, Todd and Shari and grandchildren Max, Sam and Cole.

The $1 million gift comes on the heels of a sizable appropriation from the state of Florida and brings the campaign total to nearly $17 million.

The aquatics complex will be on the west side of the property, which is situated between Howard and Armenia avenues, and will feature a competition pool, cabanas and grilling area for families and adults, a splash pad for the younger set, and an outdoor seating area for the facility’s café. Programming at the pool will include instructional swim, team leagues, social events, and open swim times.

Diane and Leon Mezrah recognize the power of the new project: “Our children and grandchildren have all attended the Jewish Community Center. Now that it is coming back to South Tampa it is fitting that we help ensure the legacy for future generations. A place for community togetherness is essential to a strong city and we are excited to help in fulfilling this dream.”

The new JCC will epitomize the “togetherness” that motivates the Mezrah family through a vibrant program that welcomes both the Jewish and the non-Jewish communities.

“I grew up in the old South Tampa JCC campus as a child. When our family heard about this new project we knew it was time to step up. My son Cole and I cannot wait to help make it happen,” Lee Mezrah said. The new facility, which is just blocks north of Kennedy Boulevard, will offer services to families that include not only aquatics, but fitness, preschool, after school, event center, health and wellness, art, and more.

Shari Mezrah, wife of Todd and mother of Sam and Max, added that, “I believe the new south Tampa JCC is a unique and much-needed facility in the community. Tampa is our home and we want to be able to be a part of this important project. My family feels strongly in giving back and making a significant difference in the lives of others.”

A number of other components of the facility have been named for generous donors. The Tomorrow Campaign is seeking to raise at least $22 million for the new project. Those interested in learning more about the project should contact Jack Ross at (813) 769-4727 or, or visit

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