She grew up on Velvet peanut butter and Krun-Chee potato chips – her father’s industry and inspiration. Daughter of Velvet Peanut Butter Company founder, Paul Zuckerman, Linda Z. Klein proudly maintains the Z in her name - her signature signifying her family legacy and her longtime role as a community leader, fundraiser and philanthropist.
Linda was 21 and newly wed to Tom Klein when she attended her first Federation Annual Meeting. She vividly recalls that Irwin I. Cohn was named that year as the recipient of Federation’s highest honor - the Butzel Award – the award her father would receive in 1969. This is Linda’s year. Recognized for more than four decades of outstanding service to Federation, greater Detroit and to Israel, Linda is one of the rare and few: a second generation Fred M. Butzel Memorial Awardee.
The very definition of activists, in their 38 years of marriage, the Giles have been true partners - champions of health, education and charitable causes – serving as leaders and community-builders with the Jewish Federation, a focal point of much of their work on both the local and national levels.