Dec 18, 2018

Hundreds of Top Donors Enjoy Evening of Elegance and Commitment at Sandler Family Major Gifts Event

More than 350 top Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County supporters gathered at the Polo Club on December 5 to celebrate the impact of their generosity from down the street to across the globe. Following an elegant cocktail reception, the guests at the Sandler Family Major Gifts Event proceeded into the ballroom for dinner and a moving program full of inspiration for the new Annual Campaign season. This annual event is named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family.

The evening’s chairs, Lisa and Bob Marton, and Sandra and Howard Needleman, led a program of poignancy and power as it celebrated the prestigious donors and the extensive accomplishments of their philanthropy. Amid touching stories of lives changed through their compassion and generosity, Campaign Chair Debra Halperin delivered a moving appeal, personally crafted from her years of experience and delivered from her heart. Ambassador Ron Prosor, one of the Israel’s most experienced, wise and personable diplomats, provided enlightening and enjoyable reflections and insights regarding Israel on the world stage.

Recognizing the community’s stalwart supporters, the Ketubah Society Hall of Fame banners were on display, honoring those with cumulative contributions of $1 million or higher to the Federation. William Newman was lauded for his magnanimous multi-million dollar gift, which will fully protect his annual Prime Ministers Council gift in perpetuity, and the new Newman Society was introduced in his honor. Jane and Alan Cornell were honored for fully endowing their King David Society gifts and naming Federation’s Israel & Global Needs Fund. The Cornells, along with Myrna and Norman Ricken, were inducted into the Ketubah Society for their unwavering years of dedication.

MBAF, Proskauer, and Steinberg Global Asset Management Ltd. are the Federation’s Major Gifts Division Sponsors. The event’s in-kind sponsors were Atlas Party Rental and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Media Sponsor.

For more information about Federation’s Major Gifts opportunities and programming, please contact Ida Novack at or 561.852.3342.

Robert & Lisa Marton, Sandra & Howard Needleman
Matthew C. Levin, Ambassador Ron Prosor, Debra Halperin, Arthur Goldberg
Susan Van Burgen, Al Gortz, David Pratt, Marjorie Horwin, James Tisdale
David Pratt, Beverly Saltz, William Newman, Debbie Newman Bernstein
Front: Phyllis & Harvey Sandler; Middle: Gary & Robin Rubin, Andrea Schnurmacher; Back: Larry Schnurmacher, David Ross