Shacknai remembers son with new charity

Max Shacknai

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by Jared Dillingham

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azfamily.com

Posted on June 7, 2012 at 2:55 PM

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Scottsdale businessman Jonah Shacknai, whose son Max died last year at his Coronado home, has setup a new nonprofit foundation in his son's name.

MaxInMotion will help underprivileged children in Arizona participate in sports and other programs. Youth organizations can apply for grants at MaxInMotion.org.

In a press release, Shacknai says Max, who would have turned 7 today, "embodied the ideal young athlete: passionate, hard working, and incredibly committed to his teammates."

The new board of directors for the charity includes representatives from the Phoenix Suns, Arizona Diamondbacks and Phoenix Coyotes.

Max died in July after a fall down the grand staircase inside the family's historic Coronado beach mansion. Days later, Shacknai's girlfriend, Rebecca Zahau, who was watching Max the day he fell, was found hanging and nude from an outdoor balcony.

Zahau's death was ruled a suicide.

Shacknai is CEO of Medicis Pharmaceutical Corporation.

 

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