Mary Sachs’ lasting impact on Harrisburg and beyond earned her the title of “Harrisburg’s Merchant Princess and “the Princess of Philanthropy,” the former for her business acumen and entrepreneurial achievements, and the latter for her charitable nature and generosity.
Mary’s success and generosity earned her the reputation of being a great philanthropist. She gave money to many charitable organizations, many of which encouraged those who shared her Jewish faith. She was vice president of the Jewish Community Center in Harrisburg. Sachs served as the co-founder of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine at Yeshiva University in New York and generously donated to Boy Scouts of America, the Girl Scouts of America and many other organizations. Her contributions to Boy Scouts of America significantly funded Hidden Valley Boy Scout camp in 1926-27. Throughout her lifetime Mary Sachs sought new ways to contribute to the community that was the cornerstone of her success. After meeting her at several charity events, Eleanor Roosevelt found in Mary Sachs “a philosophy that filled me with admiration.” Since her death, the Mary Sachs Trust has continued Miss Sachs’ honorable tradition of giving. The latest initiative is a significant college scholarship award for up to four young women in the tri-county area who will be majoring in fashion design, retailing, or general business.