Sandler Family Major Gifts Event Features Former Canadian Prime Minister and Honors Coopermans

About the Event
A record-breaking crowd of 400 of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s top donors filled the room at The Polo Club in Boca Raton on November 29, 2016 for a sophisticated evening of inspiration. They enjoyed a cocktail reception, an elegant dinner and two powerful speakers at this season’s annual Sandler Family Major Gifts Event.

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Named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and their family, the evening celebrated Federation’s major donors, who contribute a minimum $10,000 to the local Federation’s Annual Campaign. And this year, the longstanding premier event in local Jewish philanthropy was aptly held on “Giving Tuesday, the Global Day of Philanthropy.”

Co-chaired by Ellie & Martin Lifton and Jill & Michael Rose, the evening celebrated the group’s generosity while highlighting some shining stars of the evening. Federation’s Ketubah Society Hall of Fame posters were on display, recognizing those who have demonstrated a cumulative financial commitment of $1 million or more during the Federation’s 37 year history. During the evening, Toby and Leon Cooperman and Judi and Allan Schuman were welcomed to the prestigious society.

The Coopermans, the evening’s honorees, were greeted with a standing ovation. Their recent transformative endowment to the Federation will aid in funding vital programs and services for generations to come. Click here to watch the moving video interview with Toby and Leon Cooperman, as viewed at the Sandler Family Major Gifts Event.

The Schumans were celebrated for their extremely generous recent endowment and creation of the Judi and Allan Schuman Center for Israel Engagement at the Federation, to provide assistance to people looking to travel to Israel under Federation’s auspices, while bringing pieces of Israel to us, and more. With poignancy and power, Jerry Silverman, President & CEO of Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) brought home the Federation’s critical work, and the generosity of the major donors.

The audience was riveted as The Right Honourable Stephen Harper, recent former Prime Minister of Canada, laid out how and why he was an outspoken defender of the Jewish homeland on the world stage. His affirming and inspiring presentation avowed the importance of Israel as our only enduring, unquestionable ally and the only country anchored in freedom, democracy and the rule of law in their dangerous region. Harper also condemned the rise of a mutated anti-Semitism couched in terms that scapegoat Israel.

Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Proskauer; and Steinberg Global Asset Management, LTD are the generous Major Gifts Division sponsors. The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor for the Sandler Family Major Gifts Event, and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits of America Inc. and Atlas Party Rentals were the In-Kind Sponsors. Special thanks were given to the event’s generous underwriters: Linda & Don Brodie, Ellie & Martin Lifton and Jill & Michael Rose.

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