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JNF to Honor Grammy & Emmy Award Winning Composer Charles Fox, Gov. Jerry Brown and Anne Gust Brown at National Conference in LA

Adam H. Brill
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Jewish National Fund to Honor Grammy & Emmy Award

Winning Composer Charles Fox, Governor Jerry Brown


New York, NY: August 27, 2014—Jewish National Fund (JNF) will honor Grammy® and Emmy® Award Winning Composer Charles Fox with the prestigious Tree of Life™ Award at its annual Tree of Life™ Award Gala at the Beverly Hilton on Sunday, September 14, 2014.

The star-studded event will also feature Governor Jerry Brown and his wife Anne Gust Brown as the couple is honored with JNF’s Green Innovation Award, that recognizes their exemplary leadership in forward-thinking and sustainable practice in environmental management and conservation.

“I’m so proud to be receiving the Tree of Life Award at the Gala on September 14,” said Fox. “I grew up in the Bronx, New York, where there was always a JNF Blue Box sitting in the middle of our kitchen table so I’ve always known of the great work that JNF does for Israel.”

“We are honored to recognize Charles Fox at this year’s Tree of Life™ Gala and present him with the prestigious Tree of Life™ Award,” said Allison Krumholz, JNF’s Los Angeles executive director. “We salute Charles Fox for the enormous generosity he has shown to JNF, Israel, and the entire Jewish Community.”

Fox has written the music for more than 100 motion pictures and television films, including the themes for “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Love Boat.” He has worked with many legendary artists including Roberta Flack, Sarah Vaughn, Barry Manilow, Jim Croce, Fred Astaire, Luther Vandross, and Johnny Cash.

Fox composed the Grammy award-winning song “Killing Me Softly,” the film scores for “Goodbye Columbus” and “Nine to Five,” and the music for the TV docudrama “Victory at Entebbe.” Fox was awarded the 1992 BMI Richard Kirk Award for Outstanding Life Achievement in Music, and was inducted into the Songwriter Hall of Fame in 2004. He is a Governor of the Motion Picture Academy, and spearheaded and co-produced the first ever Oscars Concert in the week leading up to the 2014 Oscars, at Royce Hall.

JNF‘s Tree of Life™ Award is a humanitarian award that honors an individual's outstanding community involvement, dedication to the cause of American-Israeli friendship, and devotion to peace and security of human life.

This year the Tree of Life™ Gala is taking place during JNF’s National Conference, which brings together hundreds of committed Jewish leaders from across the country to learn about the key issues of the day that affect Jews in the U.S. and in Israel as well as JNF’s ongoing vital work for the land and people of Israel.

Space is limited and advance registration is required. RSVP at or contact Jennifer Playstead at or 323.964.1400 x958. The Beverly Hilton is located at 9876 Wilshire Blvd., Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

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JEWISH NATIONAL FUND (JNF) began in 1901 as a dream and vision to reestablish a homeland in Israel for Jewish people everywhere. Jews the world over collected coins in iconic JNF Blue Boxes, purchasing land and planting trees until ultimately, their dream of a Jewish homeland was a reality. JNF gives all generations of Jews a unique voice in building a prosperous future for the land of Israel and its people.

JNF embodies both heart and action; our work is varied in scope but singular in benefit. We strive to bring an enhanced quality of life to all of Israel’s residents, and translate these advancements to the world beyond. JNF is greening the desert with millions of trees, building thousands of parks, creating new communities and cities for generations of Israelis to call home, bolstering Israel’s water supply, helping develop innovative arid-agriculture techniques, and educating both young and old about the founding and importance of Israel and Zionism.

JNF is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and United Nations NGO, which continuously earns top ratings from charity overseers.

For more information on JNF, call 888-JNF-0099 or visit


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