Described by Wikipedia as “an American businessman and philanthropist,” Shlomo Rechnitz understands the importance of appreciating his hardworking staff. Last month – as a gift to his 18,000 staff at his southern Californian nursing homes – Rechnitz purchased a Powerball ticket for each and every worker. This resulted in a personal expenditure for him of $36,000 (since each ticket costs $2).
Of this generosity, Rechnitz simply said: “We’ll provide the ticket. You provide the dream.” This seems to be his philosophy in all of what he does, much of which is in the Southern Californian region. For example, he has written checks of $10,000 to family members of police officers who were shot on duty in Sacramento. In November 2015, Rechnitz stumbled upon 400 American soldiers during a layover at the Shannon airport. He gave all of them $50 to buy a good meal there. He spoke to these uniformed soldiers and it was videotaped. It was put on YouTube and attracted close to 650,000 views.
As owner of the largest nursing home empire in California (spanning approximately 75 facilities) Rechnitz always remembers those less fortunate than himself and has made philanthropic efforts a huge part of his daily work. His charitable endeavors does not simply focus on money though. For example, Rechnitz established (and sponsors) a wish-granting program for patients at the Mesa Verde Nursing Home providing such gifts as a limousine ride and dinner for an elderly patient and his/her family.
These are a few examples of the philanthropic work Rechnitz does via his business empire.