Inspired by this act of generosity which fell on the anniversary of his father’s passing, chairman of the board Jonathan Zucker matched their gift in memory of his father, Jerry Zucker. Jerry’s leadership as board chair more than 10 years ago enabled the Aquarium to financially stabilize after early hardship. This gift pays homage to his father’s legacy, while also ensuring Jonathan’s vision continues long past this pandemic.
“One of the keys to success that my father shared with me is to lead by example,” said Jonathan Zucker. “I am blessed to follow his guidance and to do so in his memory. I care very deeply about the South Carolina Aquarium, its mission and its incredible team. Just as my father worked tirelessly to stabilize and ultimately free the Aquarium from its burden of debt more than a decade ago, so too – with the help and support of our wonderful senior leadership team, passionate board of directors, devoted team of associates and loyal supporters – will I work to ensure the survival and ultimate sustainability of this critical education and conservation institution during this uncertain time.”