Mar 15, 2018
180 Volunteers Call & Connect with Community to Raise $584,578 on Super Sunday
On March 11, 180 volunteers made sure the phones rang out once again from the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County throughout the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas. By the end of the amazing day of high community spirits, they had raised $584,578 from 511 donors – dollars that will help our Jewish family from down the street to Israel and across the globe, wherever our community is needed.
From first-timers to seasoned veterans with decades of Super Sunday experience, callers from across the full vibrant diversity of Jewish South Palm Beach County reached out from morning to evening in two shifts. Local agencies and day schools, country clubs and other areas were represented on the phones, along with individuals, couples and families from all across the Jewish community.
Groups from AEPi Fraternity at FAU, and high school students from both public and day schools with NCSY boosted the energy for all - as did Congressman Ted Deutch, himself a former Super Sunday chair. Raffle prizes, breakfast, snacks, great camaraderie, and festive decorations in Zinman Hall on the Federation’s campus west of Boca Raton helped keep things moving quickly in an overwhelmingly positive atmosphere.
“Call. Connect. Community” was a terrific theme for this year’s Super Sunday – a day of engaging our neighbors in conversation, educating them about our Federation’s critical work, and giving them the opportunity to make a difference,” said Jeff Shavitz, who co-chaired Super Sunday as well as the season’s two earlier phone-a-thons with his wife, Jill, and with Susan and Eric Lebersfeld. “And with 165 new and over 200 increased gifts, we saw many of them double through a $25,000 match from the Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation.”
“Each year, Super Sunday is a way for everyone to make a difference,” said Jill Shavitz. “From volunteering to giving at any level, however one is able help is important and deeply appreciated. This year, as always, so many of our neighbors from teens to seniors came forward to make calls and contribute. Together, we feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort so many who need us.”
“The third phone-a-thon in this season’s Federation Impact Days, Super Sunday is our single largest fund raising day of the year,” said Eric Lebersfeld. “There’s nothing like the feeling of individuals, couples, families and groups coming together from country clubs, agencies, synagogues and all across this Jewish community. This is what makes it possible for us to do all the good we do for our Jewish family.”
“We make sure everyone we call realizes how fortunate they are to live in a community that does so much good and that they, by simply making and fulfilling a pledge, can so easily be part of this great effort,” said Susan Lebersfeld. “If you missed your call, it’s not too late to join your Jewish community in making a difference! Just visit jewishboca.org/donate or contact 561-852-3169 or firstname.lastname@example.org.”
Super Sunday was generously sponsored by Hotwire Communications. In-Kind Sponsors were Atlas Event Rental, FLIK Independent School Dining, and Zebedee Event Production. Many of the 100 telephones in Zinman Hall were sponsored by community members.