Lew was a giant in the worlds of business and philanthropy, a self-made success who created a parking lot and outdoor advertising empire. He also owned the New Jersey Nets and the New Jersey Devils for a time. But he never forgot where he came from.
Born in the blue-collar community of Camden, N. J., Lew was just a year old when his father died, leaving his widowed mother to raise him on a secretary’s salary. Lew grew up in the Parkside neighborhood, the same place he would later build the Boys & Girls Club that now serves some 3,000 young people a year. He also founded and supported the Katz Academy Charter School in Camden, where students attend the Boys & Girls Club for free through the academy’s after-care program.
America's kids have lost a champion with Lew’s untimely passing. In addition to his involvement with the Camden Club, he actively served for many years as a Governor for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. Our thoughts and prayers are with Lew's family and friends, and our colleagues at the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County.
In response to many inquiries, we’ve created a web page at BGCA.org/LewisKatz to make a gift in Lew’s memory to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Camden County.