Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award
NCCJ Honors Civic-Minded Philanthrophists Tobee & Leonard Kaplan
with the 2014 Brotherhood/Sisterhood Citation Award
“We are delighted to honor Tobee & Leonard Kaplan with our 2014 Citation Award,” says NCCJ Executive Director Susan Feit. “There are so many ways that our community has benefited from this generous couple. Most people know that their philanthropic focuses have included the arts and education, but few people know about the Kaplans’ role in helping religious, racial and ethnic minorities learn about their unique heritage and identity. Even fewer people are aware of the significant contributions the Kaplans have made in increasing life opportunities and access to resources for marginalized members of our community.”
Leonard Kaplan started Kay Chemical Co., maker of cleaning and sanitizing products for the fast-food industry, in High Point, NC and sold it 1994. After the sale of the family-owned company to Ecolab, Leonard and his wife, Tobee dedicated their time to becoming full-time philanthropists to changing their community and the world through giving, using their private foundation, TOLEO.