‘Lighting the J’s Way’ dinner to honor former JCC director

Tucson Jewish Community Center President and CEO Ken Light
Tucson Jewish Community Center President and CEO Ken Light

The Tucson Jewish Com­munity Center will hold “Lighting the J’s Way,” a retirement event to honor Ken Light and his 27 years of service as CEO on Saturday, Oct. 12. The evening, which will begin at 6:30 p.m., will feature a cocktail party and buffet dinner followed by an hour-long late night talk show-style program, featuring music, videos and JCC board member David Greenberg roasting Light, says Tana Jones, JCC director of development.

Light’s tenure as CEO officially ended in June this year (see He currently serves as the capital campaign consultant for the JCC’s planned expansion and renovation of its 100,000 square-foot facility. “This much-needed campaign,” he says, “will yield immeasurable dividends for our community and have direct impact on generations to come.”

Light grew up in Gunnison, Colo., and earned a graduate degree in recreation administration from the University of Colorado. He later attended the University of Denver’s MBA program. He worked at the JCC in St. Paul, Minn., in health and fitness before moving into administration at the Denver JCC, where he later became assistant director. In 1986, Light moved to Tucson to help open the current JCC at its River and Dodge location.

Tickets for the event are $118. For tickets or tribute information, RSVP by Oct. 1 at or 299-3000.