NFL All-Pro Legend Jason Taylor to Headline Men’s Division Sports Night – Jan. 12

It’s time for men of all ages who care about great sports, the best companions, as well as the community, to come together for the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Men’s Division Men’s Night Out. They’ll hear four-time NFL All-Pro legend Jason Taylor speak about his impressive football career, his charitable foundation and his other professional and philanthropic pursuits. (see below for Taylor’s bio)

Now an NFL analyst for ESPN and other sports outlets, Taylor will join the men on Tuesday evening, January 12, at Woodfield Country Club, 3650 Club Place in Boca Raton. The $90 couvert includes dinner and an open bar (dietary laws observed), starting at 6:30 p.m. In addition, Josh Cohen, on-air host for ESPN West Palm, will emcee the night to remember. A minimum Men’s gift of $180 to the 2016 UJA/ Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Guests whose Men’s campaign contribution is at least $1,800 are also invited to a VIP cocktail reception with Taylor, beginning at 5:30 p.m, featuring a meet-and-greet, photo opportunities and autographed sports memorabilia.

Robert Pick, co-chair of Men’s Night Out with Ken Lebersfeld, is thrilled to have Taylor as the guest for the event. “This evening of entertainment will be a terrific chance to get together with men from throughout our local Jewish community and hear from a famous sports legend and active philanthropist,” Pick said.

Goal-oriented and community-driven, Federation’s Men’s Division is creating a fellowship of strong, connected men who are committed to building a legacy together.

“Being on the committee is a great opportunity to help plan exciting events where guys can get together to bond over common interests, such as sports, food and travel,” said Lebersfeld. “At the same time, we plan how Federation can improve our community, and how we can make lives brighter for fellow Jews in Israel, all over the world and right in our own backyard.”

Following up on the success of last January’s mission to Cuba, the men’s division is planning a trip to Chicago in March, where they will have access to VIP speakers and exclusive opportunities to enjoy the “Windy City” while connecting with a great group of men. Men’s Division, now in its second full season, is co-chaired by Stuart Ganslaw, Gary Rubin and Peter Wohlgemuth. Men’s Division is generously sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management. The event is sponsored by Greenberg Traurig, Eliot Popper with Morgan Stanley, Greenbrier Development and the Sandelman Foundation. Southern Wine & Spirits of America is the in-kind liquor sponsor and The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.

For more information about men's activities at Federation, contact Sonni Simon at 561.852.3128 or sonnis@bocafed.org.

ABOUT JASON TAYLOR

Jason Taylor is a former NFL defensive end and linebacker who spent 13 years playing for the Miami Dolphins, with one-year stints with the Washington Redskins and New York Jets. In 2006, he was named the Associated Press NFL Defensive Player of the Year. In addition, he received All-Pro honors on four occasions, was selected to six Pro Bowls, appeared on numerous All-NFL Defensive Teams, was named the NFL Alumni Association’s Defensive Lineman of the Year in consecutive seasons (2005-06) and to the NFL’s exclusive All-Decade team for the 2000s. Taylor was honored as the Dolphins’ Most Valuable Player on four occasions, was the club’s Leadership Award winner three times and in 2012, his first year in retirement, the Dolphins inducted him into the team’s Honor Roll.

Off the field, Taylor has been equally successful, evidenced by his second-place finish on the sixth season of Dancing with the Stars, his limited edition collection of timepieces with Invicta Watch Group and his role as an NFL analyst for the likes of ESPN, NBC Sports and Sirius/XM NFL Radio. People named him to its 2008 “100 Most Beautiful” list and US Weekly dubbed him one of “TV’s New Top 10 Dream Men.”

Taylor has been widely recognized for his charitable work. In 2004, he founded the Jason Taylor Foundation, which has contributed close to $5 million in programs and services to improve the lives of children in South Florida. In 2007, he was honored with the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, he has been named twice as one of The Sporting News "Good Guys" and was given a JB Award by CBS Sports' James Brown, for NFL players who have demonstrated a commitment to building better communities.