Audrey Dann, leaving a legacy of love and care

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Audrey and Charles Dann at JUF’s Snowbird event in Boca Raton, March 2007.

Audrey Dann, who recently passed away at 85, had been the wife of the late Charles Dann for 62 years. 

"Anything that we can do to help the Jewish people, we'll do," was their motto. In 1953, Charles attended his first JUF event; that night, he an Audrey made their first gift-and a vow that, each year, they would increase their gift. In time, the Danns became Golden Givers to JUF, a honor given to those with 50 or more consecutive years of donations to the JUF Annual Campaign. 

They also founded of the Charles and Audrey Dann Charitable Foundation, a supporting foundation of Chicago's Jewish Federation. Audrey explained it was to "fulfill our Jewish obligation of tzedakah and as a means of passing on to our children and grandchildren a sense of charity. We always tried to imbue our children with an understanding of tzedakah from a young age, hoping that, by exposing them to something that we felt strongly about, it would become contagious." Through their foundation, the Danns also made a generous gift to JUF Centennial Campaign. 

Audrey "always emphasized and lived her life based on caring about others and giving back," her daughter and JUF-JF Board member Julie Dann Schneider recalled. "When they were first married, my parents lived in a one-bedroom apartment where the bed came out of the wall, but they still always managed to donate to charity and support worthwhile causes, of which the Federation was the most important. My mom always believed in the importance of helping others in need, and she encouraged my dad to be active in the JUF Annual Campaign. Both of my parents loved and participated in the day schools that our kids attended-Solomon Schechter and Chicagoland Jewish High School-and they supported these institutions and the Jewish Day School Guarantee Trust. My mom also spent much of her adult life volunteering at Mothers Aid Gift Shop in Glencoe, which benefited a hospital. This work was very meaningful to her, and she took great pride in the endless hours she spent over many years in support of this organization."

In 1970, the Danns made their first of many trips to Israel and became ardent Zionists. Charles took his children and grandchildren there on a JUF mission as well. 

In addition to their work with the JUF in Chicago, the Danns volunteered for Friends of Refugees of Eastern Europe (FREE) in the 1980s. And, from their second home in Florida, they delivered food packages to hundreds of indigent Jews twice a month.

Audrey Dann (nee Harris) leaves behind her children, Debra Dann Kay (Michael Kay), Dr. Robert Dann (Erica Regunberg), and Julie Dann Schneider (The Honorable Brad Schneider); grandchildren, Dr. Jason Rotstein (Brooke), the late Brandon Rotstein, Zachary Dann (fiancée Laura Sweitzer), Jessie Regunberg (Garrett King), Aaron Regunberg, Kevin Dann, Adam Schneider, and Daniel Schneider; and great-grandchildren, Brady and Mia Rotstein. She was the sister of the late Shirlee (Larry) Gilbert and sister-in-law of Donald (Jackie) Dann and Armand Dann. 

The funeral was held at The Chapel, with interment at Memorial Park Cemetery, Skokie. Arrangements were made by The Goldman Funeral Group. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Brandon Dann Rotstein Memorial Foundation, 889 Country Club Lane, Northbrook, Il 60062, or to JUF. 

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