The Maurice S. Surlow Award for Employee Excellence was established in 2000 and made possible at the direction of his extended family, including Jim, Bob and Burt Zucker. Mr. Surlow was born in Hungary and immigrated with his family to Milwaukee in the early part of the 20th century.
At his passing in 1997, he left a major bequest to the Jewish Community Foundation of Milwaukee Jewish Federation. A portion of that bequest is annually directed to the Jewish Home and Care Center Foundation. Working closely with Bob and his daughter Debbie Zucker, a team of staff members who made special efforts to care for residents with the best customer service are selected.
Ovation was proud to present this award to five outstanding employees in August: Lucero (Lulu) Veloz Jimenez of Chai Point; Rosemary Lawson of Sarah Chudnow; Camila Tejeda, Fikerte (ZZ) Zewdie and Natasha Wells of Jewish Home.