Mar 4, 2012

Caring Estate Planning Professionals to Honor Donald R. Tescher, Esq. at Mitzvah Society Reception on March 27

Local estate planning professionals committed to philanthropic giving and the future of the Jewish community will honor their own at the Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 at 6:00 pm. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) of the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation of South Palm Beach County invites colleagues, friends and others who care to join them at St. Andrews Country Club in paying tribute to 2012 Mitzvah Society Honoree Donald R. Tescher, Esq.

“It is my honor and privilege to welcome the community to join our annual Mitzvah Society Reception,” said David Pratt, who is co-chairing the event with Robert Spallina. “Once again, we gather to celebrate the accomplishments of those dedicated and caring professionals who have helped their clients create meaningful planned gifts for the benefit of our Jewish community and global Jewish family through the Anne and Norman Jacobson Jewish Community Foundation. We are also excited to inaugurate three new members: Jodi Lustgarten, Jon Sahn and Robert Spallina, bringing our Mitzvah Society ranks to a proud 55!”

“This special night will also honor my personal mentor and dear friend, Donald Tescher, for his illustrious professional career as an estate planning attorney and his remarkable commitment to Jewish philanthropy,” continued Pratt, who also chairs the Foundation. “Don’s generosity of spirit has led him to foster the growth of many young professionals, while serving as an inspirational role model for Jewish life and leadership.”

“I am extremely honored to be recognized by the community,” said Tescher. “In my forty-year career as a tax, trusts and estates attorney in South Florida, I have always felt that we who have been blessed with success have an obligation to give back to our community with our time and financial support. Our Federation, with its affiliated agencies, is a most significant institution in South Palm Beach County and beyond, helping to enrich so many lives and providing help to so many who are in need.” (see bio for Don Tescher below)

The couvert for the Cocktail Reception is $50 per person. Dietary laws will be observed. St. Andrews Country Club is located at 17557 Claridge Oval West, Boca Raton. For additional information or to RSVP, contact 561.852.3173 or, or visit

The Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception is generously sponsored by BNY Mellon Wealth Management; Law Offices of Tescher & Spallina, P.A.; Proskauer; and Life Audit Professionals, LLC.

The Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County serves the Boca Raton, Delray Beach and Highland Beach areas, raising and allocating funds to meet vital needs locally, in Israel and worldwide. The Professional Advisory Committee (PAC) is part of the Federation’s Jewish Community Foundation, which develops permanent resources to ensure the continuity of Jewish life, programs and services in our community, Israel and worldwide, through permanent endowment funds, lifetime gifts, bequests in wills, trusts and planned giving programs.

Photo caption L-R: Donald R. Tescher, 2012 Mitzvah Society Honoree; David Pratt, Jewish Community Foundation Chair and Co-chair of the Mitzvah Society Cocktail Reception

Donald R. Tescher, Esq., 2012 Mitzvah Society Honoree

Donald R. Tescher is a shareholder in Tescher & Spallina, P.A., with offices in Boca Raton, Florida. He is a graduate of the University of Florida School of Business with a degree in Accounting, and of the University of Florida College of Law, and holds an LL.M. degree in Taxation from New York University.

Tescher is a past Chairman of the Tax Section of The Florida Bar and recipient of the Gerald T. Hart Outstanding Florida Lawyer Award. He has been recognized by “The Best Lawyers in America,” the Robb Report, Worth Magazine, Chambers and Partners, Florida Trend Magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide. He is a Fellow of the American College of Tax Counsel and a member of the Business Planning, Asset Protections Planning and Estate and Gift Tax committees of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Tescher has served as adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law Graduate Tax Program. He is a member of the Directors’ Committee of The Florida Bar Tax Section, the Executive Council and Trust Law Committee of The Florida Bar Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, and member of various Committees of the Tax and Real Property Sections of the American Bar Association. His practice is limited to representation of high net worth individuals and families in connection with their business, tax, estate planning, post-mortem planning the trust administration, charitable planning and expert witness and mediator.