Sarah Kukin wrote -
I am excited to start training for the Achilles Hope & Possibility 5-mile loop around Central Park this June. As I work toward this personal accomplishment, please help support me in a philanthropic endeavor to honor two extraordinary individuals, my grandparents Ira and Doris Kukin.
Contributions in their honor will support the Columbia Barnard Hillel. Some of the money raised will directly impact mental health awareness on the college campus; my sister Dana Kukin started the student group Nefesh ("soul" in Hebrew) to foster open dialogue about mental health both on campus and in the Jewish community. This cause is especially meaningful to me as a graduate of Barnard College and as a Young Alumni Board Member of the Columbia Barnard Hillel.
Please join me in supporting the Hillel in honor of my grandparents:
Dr. Ira Kukin, a self-made businessman, is founder and chairman of Apollo Technologies International Corporation, a leading company in the field of air pollution control and energy conservation in Livingston, New Jersey. He graduated City College and has a PhD in chemistry from Harvard University. He holds several chemistry and anti-pollution technology patents. A generous philanthropist, he is former vice chairman of the Board of Trustees of Yeshiva University. He served with the United States Army Reserve from 1946-1948. He is a proud father, grandfather, and great grandfather. Before his illness, he was an avid golfer and swimmer.
Doris Kukin, a Pittsburgh, PA native from a family of seven siblings, holds an undergraduate and masters degree in Economics from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a generous philanthropist and a proud and loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She is an exceptional cook and baker – her stuffed cabbage and Hungarian pastry recipes are family classics.