Luries offer matching gift program to LCC campaign

TROY — A $100,000 Matching Gift from Leib and Barbara Lurie to the Legacy Campaign for Lincoln Community Center (LCC) $3.8 million building addition project will benefit both the project and the LCC organization.

According to Shane Carter, LCC executive director, the $100,000 has been established as a matching gift fund to enable smaller donations to campaign to be “matched” at different levels.

Donors under 24 years of age will get a triple match for up to $100 donation; any age will get double match for up to $99; and any age will get one for one match $100 to $1,000.

“We are so thankful for this as part of an overall multi-phased gift from Leib and Barb,” Carter said. “The thought and planning which they put into this gift is so important and helpful to LCC and its mission, not only for the new building addition but also for the great programs and events we are planning for the new space.”

The Luries gift is being made in memory of Leib’s mother, Ellen Lurie, who helped to launch what is now the national “Head Start” program and who worked diligently to integrate New York City schools in the 1960’s. The Public School 5 building in NYC is named after her. The Lurie gift is also made in memory of Barb’s father, James Mays, who advocated that literacy is critical to success in life.

Long-time supporters of LCC, Barbara Lurie serves on the board of LCC as secretary and Leib has volunteered time and professional services to the organization.

The Luries have been successful business entrepreneurs locally with business creations like One Call Now, the non-profit reading program, Kids Read Now, and the new program which encourages turning screen time into reading time.

“The Lincoln Community Center has a huge impact on not only our youth, but also on the whole community,” Barb Lurie said. “Having such a rich resource like LCC has and will continue to enrich lives, build character, and change lives.”

For more information on the Legacy Matching Gift program, contact Shane Carter at Lincoln Community Center (937) 335-2715 or