The late Eugene Applebaum
The late Eugene Applebaum

From the JN Staff

The family of Eugene Applebaum announced its strategic direction to continue and build upon his important philanthropic work in new, collaborative ways.

Applebaum, who died last year at age 81, was the founder of what became the nation’s eighth largest drugstore chain.

“What meant the most to my dad during his lifetime was the type of giving he accomplished most consistently and often most quietly,” Pamela Applebaum said. “He loved investing in people to help them succeed … We will continue to provide those types of opportunities, in new ways, for young people.”

The centerpiece program of Applebaum Family Philanthropy is the Applebaum Fellows Program, which provides opportunities for young people in their communities that will inspire leadership, entrepreneurship and independence.

Priority areas of philanthropic entrepreneurial focus include improving and advancing education; promoting health and medical research; enhancing arts and culture; and strengthening the Detroit Jewish community and Israel.

New targeted philanthropy from the family include the Applebaum Internship Program at the University of Michigan, which will fund paid internships annually for up to 30 students at nonprofit organizations in Detroit; the Applebaum Student Experience Fund for Wayne State University, which will fund educational, entrepreneurial-focused programs designed to create life-changing experiences for WSU students; and the Applebaum Challenge Fund at Camp Tamarack, which will serve as a catalyst to allow more young people to participate in a Jewish camping experience.

More information on the Applebaum Legacy can be found at

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