In his business ventures, his philanthropic interests — and even his hobbies — Gene Epstein’s passion is undeniable. But, above all else, it’s his desire to help others that provides him the greatest sense of purpose.
“I’ve always believed it’s imperative to do whatever you can to help others,” says Gene. “That’s why I’m doing everything in my power to support organizations that are helping those in need.”
The Bucks County philanthropist, who found success in the automotive and commercial real estate industries, is the namesake of the Gene & Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, a charitable organization committed to causes that further the interests of vulnerable populations. In the wake of the ongoing global pandemic, the critical work of Philabundance became increasingly clear, according to Gene.
“Every day, people are going hungry,” he says. “Unless everyone is willing to turn to their neighbor and offer them food and shelter, we must do more.”
Recently, the Epsteins did just that. Gene, an antique car collector, sold one of his most beloved possessions; a 1969 Mercedes Benz that once belonged to Elvis Presley. Proceeds from the sale went to support local and national food banks.
“We thought, ‘what’s more important — knowing more people have food and shelter or keeping this car just to look at it,” he says. “We couldn’t sell it quick enough!”
It’s that mindset that Gene hopes will encourage others to contribute what they can through their Helping the Hungry Challenge, an initiative to drive donations to Philabundance and provide emergency food assistance to more individuals and families throughout the region.
With support from the Gene & Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, donations up to $10,000 will be matched, providing every donor the opportunity to have an even greater impact, says Gene.
With support from the Gene & Marlene Epstein Humanitarian Fund, donations received in response to this issue of The Feed will be matched up to $10,000, providing every donor the opportunity to have an even greater impact, says Gene.
“Now, more than ever, people understand the plight of being hungry,” he says.