April 26, 2004
Contact: Kimberly Stark at (901) 333-4023 or Marilyn
Duncan at (901) 333-4247
Southwest to honor Bornblum Brothers with TBR Chancellor's Award for
Excellence in Philanthropy
Bert and David Bornblum have been named as the 2004 co-recipients of the
Tennessee Board of Regents Chancellor's Award for Excellence in
Philanthropy at Southwest Tennessee Community College. The Bornblums have
a distinguished record of active contributions and participation in the
field of education in the Memphis area. The award will be presented during
the College's commencement ceremony May 8.
The Bornblums arrived in Memphis in 1938, they have been “giving back” to
their new country practically from the beginning. Both enlisted in the
armed forces almost immediately upon the entry of the United States into
World War II. Bert Bornblum served four years in the European theater and
David Bornblum served three years in the Pacific.
On their return to Memphis, the Bornblums began a successful retail
clothing business, opening their first store in 1948, and prospering
through the years. Early on, they began to invest that prosperity in
education, beginning with the founding of the Bornblum Judaic Studies
program at the University of Memphis. Bert Bornblum’s quest for continued
education has been focused in the study of philosophy at the University of
Memphis for 21 years.
Their support of Southwest began in 1994 when Bert Bornblum joined the
Foundation Board. He donated generously of his time, and both brothers
have continuously given to the College from the Bornblum Foundation.
In 2002, they established the Bornblum Brothers Scholarship Endowment Fund
with a substantial gift, and have continued to add to it, as well as
pledging generously to the Major Gifts Campaign. Their constancy and
generosity in supporting the College have earned them the recognition of
being this year’s recipient of the Chancellor's award.