Dr. Bronner’s & Palomar Family YMCA Hold Dedication Ceremony for New Jim Bronner Gymnasium with Press Conference and Magic Foam Experience

Dedication of Gymnasium Celebrates Life and Philanthropy of Jim Bronner

May 7, 2018

VISTA, CA – Dr. Bronner’s, family owned maker of the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America, and the Palomar Family YMCA will dedicate the new Jim Bronner gymnasium, donated to the YMCA by the Bronner family, with a press conference, unveiling ceremony and family friendly Magic Foam Experience celebration, on Saturday, May 12. Named after the late Jim Bronner, the gymnasium honors his legacy of philanthropy, and lifelong dedication to supporting programs and services for local youth. A press conference and unveiling ceremony will be followed by a celebration with Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience—a novel, ecological and exhilarating foam “shower” and fire truck.

“Jim was a generous, loving husband and father,” said Trudy Bronner, wife of Jim and CFO of Dr. Bronner’s. “It is our hope that this gymnasium inspires fun, joy and good health among the children of our community, carrying forward the spirit of Jim’s legacy for years to come.”

WHAT:       Dedication of Jim Bronner Gymnasium & Magic Foam Experience Celebration

WHERE:   Palomar Family YMCA, 1050 North Broadway, Escondido CA 92026

WHEN:      Saturday, May 12

                        10:00am – Reception

                       10:30am – Press Conference  & Gymnasium Dedication

                        11:00am to 1:00pm – Magic Foam Experience

*This family friendly event is free to attend and open to the public.
Media are encouraged to RSVP to Lauren@drbronner.com.

“The YMCA of San Diego County is forever indebted to Jim Bronner and the Bronner Family for their support of the children and families in Escondido who are served by the Palomar Family Y,” said Baron Herdelin-Doherty, President & CEO of the YMCA of San Diego County. “Their generous contributions will help make a difference in the community for generations to come.”

Son of company founder Dr. Emanuel Bronner, and father of company CEO David Bronner, president Mike Bronner, and author Lisa Bronner, Jim Bronner began running the company in the 1990’s with his brother Ralph Bronner, and wife Trudy Bronner, Dr. Bronner’s current Chief Financial Officer. A chemist and 4th generation soapmaker, Jim invented the industry-standard foam concentrate used to fight fires. He later modified his foam to make artificial snow for Hollywood sets, and he even created a home foaming unit for blasting snow-like foam in the backyard when his children were growing up. It is in his memory that Dr. Bronner’s Magic Foam Experience was created.

“My father worked tirelessly to improve the lives of those around him, especially children,” said Michael Bronner, Jim’s son and President of Dr. Bronner’s. “He had a joyous energy that was infectious, and he loved nothing more than to provide spaces for kids to play and flourish, which this ‘Jim Gym’ is sure to do.”


About Dr. Bronner’s
Dr. Bronner’s is a family business committed to honoring the vision of founder Emanuel Bronner by making socially and environmentally responsible products of the highest quality, and by dedicating profits to help make a better world. Dr. Bronner’s commitment to social justice, environmental sustainability and progressive business practices is part of the company’s mission to put into practice the principles that inform the philosophy printed on the company’s iconic soap labels written by founder Emanuel Bronner. The company is the top-selling natural brand of soap in North America and widely renowned around the world. Based on 2017 sales, a bottle of Dr. Bronner’s soap was sold, on average, every 2.2 seconds throughout the year. For further information, please visit: www.drbronner.com.