Nov 14, 2013

Elegance, Insights and Inspiration Await at Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

An evening of elegance, insights and inspiration awaits hundreds of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s largest donors at this year’s Sandler Family Major Gifts Event. They’ll gather at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 5, 2013, at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton, for a cocktail reception, dinner and to hear from David Gergen, Senior Political Analyst for CNN.

“The evening will truly celebrate our guests’ extraordinary dedication,” said Marilyn Barry, who is co-chairing the event with her husband Stan, and with Dale and David Pratt. “A renowned commentator, journalist, professor, best-selling author and adviser to Presidents Nixon, Ford, Reagan and Clinton, Mr. Gergen’s keynote will be particularly compelling in light of current world affairs.”

“For 34 years, our Federation has been feeding the hungry, caring for our elderly, educating the next generation, inspiring hope, providing comfort and brightening lives among neighbors, in Israel and around the world,” said David Pratt. “But we couldn’t possibly do it without the overwhelming compassion and leadership of our major donors, the pillars of our community who contribute 65% of our Annual Campaign.”

The Federation season’s most prestigious fundraising event pays highest tribute to the strongest of these pillars. The Sandlers, for whom the event is named, are the largest family donors in the history of the Annual Campaign. The evening’s Honorary Co-chairs are Beverly Saltz and William Newman, the Federation’s largest individual donor. On proud display, the prestigious Ketubah Society will inaugurate new members with cumulative financial commitments of one million dollars or more during the Federation’s history.

Already a very significant donor in New York, when Newman came to Boca Raton, he recognized considerable needs below the surface. “I discovered that, while relatively quite new and lacking the deep endowments of more established Jewish communities, South Palm Beach County has, by age, the nation’s oldest Jewish population with the second largest number of Holocaust survivors - many of them frail and outliving their resources,” he said. “At the same time, the burgeoning population of young Jewish families needs education and services. The more I’ve learned, the more I’ve been moved to contribute.”

“I urge others to find out how much good they can do and how wonderful it feels to be part of this caring community,” continued Newman. “We’ve just launched our Make a Major Difference Initiative to add 100 new major donors over the next 18 months.”

In a new opportunity for young major donors, Federation’s Emerging Jewish Philanthropists will enjoy Drinks and Intimate Conversation with David Gergen immediately following the Major Gifts Event.

The evening’s $135 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested, and dietary laws will be observed. A minimum $10,000 combined gift to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2014 Annual Campaign is required to attend. For more information, please contact 561.852.3160.

The Federation’s Major Gifts Program is generously sponsored by Morrison, Brown, Argiz & Farra, LLC; Proskauer; and Steinberg Global Asset Management, Ltd. The Boca Raton Observer is the event’s Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.