The Jerry D. Routh and Cheryl Sawatzke Routh Family Foundation was incorporated in the state of Nevada in 2002 by husband and wife Jerry D. Routh, MD and Cheryl S. Routh, Ph.D.
Raised in the Midwest (Cheryl) and the West (Jerry) the Rouths were educated as biologists and hold advanced degrees in the medical (Jerry) and biomedical sciences (Cheryl) from Tulane University. After completing training, the Rouths moved to Las Vegas in 1980 where Jerry established a cardiology practice and Cheryl became involved in drug abuse prevention, education and charitable organizations.
The Rouths raised two children in Las Vegas. Both children were educated in the public school system of Clark County and are individually successful with advanced degrees in bioengineering and counseling psychology respectively.
The Routh family believes in strong community responsibility and have been active in civic, youth and religious organizations for many years. The Routh family is rooted in a strong Christian belief and have relied on their faith throughout their lives as members of Community Lutheran Church of Las Vegas and The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Considering themselves blessed with both monetary and personal gifts during their years in Las Vegas, the Rouths sought a vehicle with which to share those gifts with the greater Las Vegas community and beyond. The Rouths decided to develop a philanthropic organization that would allow them to fund charitable interests of a religious and educational nature and one that could be perpetuated. Working with a local attorney they established a private foundation which was incorporated in 2002. The Jerry D. Routh and Cheryl L. Sawatzke Routh Family Foundation is funded with personal funds and is governed by a Board of Trustees. The Board’s initial officers included Cheryl as President, Jerry as Secretary-Treasurer and Timothy Routh and Kristen Routh as Board members. These family members continue to constitute the current Board of Trustees.