Bonded By A Cause

Amware's Deep-Rooted Connection With St.Jude
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Amware’s connection to St.Jude is deep-rooted and dates back to the time of our President’s Grandfather, George Maloof, affectionately referred to as “Jidu” by those who knew him well.

George was a man of commitment and dedication, not only to his family - his loving wife and children - but also to his undying passion for St. Jude’s Children Hospital. He was a firm believer in the philosophy of generosity, that the more you give to the world, the more the world gives back to you.

This belief, this cornerstone of his life, has been passed down through the generations and now forms the business philosophy on which his Grandson and Owner of Amware, Brad Maloof, continues to operate his businesses on. It is a belief that has guided the company's actions and decisions over the years.

George Maloof was not just a family man, he was also a well-respected and well-known businessman in the Cleveland area. So, when Danny Thomas, the founder of St. Jude, reached out to his fellow Arab-American’s in need of support, George stepped up without hesitation.


American Lebanese Syrian Associated Charities

St. Jude, often associated with the renowned Children's Hospital in Memphis, is named after St. Jude Thaddeus, the patron saint of hopeless causes. The hospital's founder, Danny Thomas, made a pledge to build a shrine to the saint if he showed him his way in life. When Danny's acting career took off, he held true to his promise leading to the establishment of St. Jude Children's Hospital.

In the early 1950s, Danny began fundraising efforts, particularly targeting his Arab-American community to give thanks for the freedom and opportunities they received in the U.S. This initiative led to the formation of ALSAC, which is now the 5th largest not-for-profit health care organization in America with over 1 million volunteers nationwide. Since its inception in 1962, St. Jude has been treating all patients, regardless of their ability to pay, with ALSAC covering costs after third-party insurance.

ALSAC's Primary Purpose:
Ensuring that St.Jude Hospital research and patient care programs would never suffer for lack of funds.
ALSAC's Guiding Philosophy:
ALSAC will ensure "that the lights of St. Jude's Research Hospital never dim.. not so long as you and I have a breath inside of us,.. and please God after that.”
danny thomas and george maloof at st.jude event

George held a pivotal role on the board of ALSAC, where he was entrusted with the significant responsibility of managing the fundraising efforts across several states. His jurisdiction included Michigan, Kentucky, Ohio, West Virginia, and Indiana. Under his exceptional leadership and strategic planning, this region emerged as the most successful in terms of fundraising. His contribution played a vital role in driving the organization's mission forward.

George and Danny shared an immeasurable bond, their friendship was deep and enduring.  Their connection was strengthened by a shared belief in the purpose of St. Jude’s. They both held a profound respect for the mission of the organization and its focus on helping children. They dedicated their time and effort to make a difference in the lives of children, driven by a shared commitment to this noble cause.

George passed away in April of 2021, 30 years after the passing of Danny in February of 1991, which was a significant time as it marked the 29th anniversary of St. Jude. Their legacy continues through their descendants who remain deeply committed to the cause. This commitment is evidenced by the continued support given to the hospital by Amware. Each year, Amware makes a generous donation to St. Jude's, helping them continue their invaluable work.