In memory of his wife Anna Strauss, Harry Strauss established the Harry B. Strauss and Anna C. Strauss Menorah Advancement Fund in 1976. The purpose of the Fund was to to sustain and supplement the research, scientific and educational activities of the hospital.
Harry Strauss was an active board member of the Menorah Medical Center serving as vice president of the building committee. Although he was busy running his family steel business, he was known for his dedication to the expansion of the hospital and was often there daily overseeing the latest project. His son Leonard followed in his fathers footsteps, working in the family steel business and serving the longest term as the board president from 1966 to 1976. His brother Eugene who was in the insurance business wrote insurance for the hospital. Eugene’s wife Gerre served as President of the Menorah Womens Auxiliary from 1980-1982.
Once the Menorah Legacy Foundation separated from Menorah Hospital Leonard and Eugene renamed the Fund to the Strauss Family Fund and refined the focus to support health care, health education and wellness in the greater Kansas City area. In 2005, Eugene assumed the role of Trustee. In memory of his son Frank who died at age 50 from complications following an epileptic seizure, Eugene makes regular contributions from the Fund to the Epilepsy Foundation and to Saint Luke’s Neurological Institute.
Trustee: Eugene Strauss is the Trustee of the Fund. Susan Feld Strauss, Leslie Ann Strauss, Sally Strauss, Barbara Strauss Bullis.
Current Projects: Village Shalom, Children’s Mercy Hospital, Saint Luke’s Hospital Neurological Institute and the Epilepsy Foundation of Missouri and Kansas.