Nov 8, 2018

Sandler Family Major Gifts Event to Feature Evening of Israel’s Art, Culture and Innovation with Chemi Peres

An elegant, fun and inspiring evening is planned for hundreds of prominent Jewish philanthropists at the annual Sandler Family Major Gifts Event on December 5. This longstanding premier event in local Jewish philanthropy named for Phyllis & Harvey Sandler and family will begin at 6:00 pm at The Polo Club in Boca Raton.

Sandler Family Major Gifts Event Co-Chairs (L-R): Robert & Lisa Marton, Sandra & Howard Needleman

This year, they’ll celebrate even more than the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County’s 2019 Annual Campaign. They’ll also celebrate Israel’s 70th anniversary with its art, music, innovation and featured speaker, Chemi Peres.

Following in the footsteps of his father Shimon Peres, Chemi Peres is one of Israel’s preeminent venture capitalists and is Chairman of the Peres Institute for Peace and Innovation. (see bio below)

“We’re excited to present a dynamic evening with the Israeli art from Blue Gallery and music with the Shalom Band, as well as our powerful speaker,” said Robert Marton, who is co-chairing the event with his wife, Lisa, and with Sandra and Howard Needleman. “We’ve designed a night to delight our major donors of all ages from throughout the community.”

“Our Federation could not possibly accomplish what we do to meet the rising essential human needs in our community, in Israel and beyond without the overwhelming compassion, generosity and leadership of our stalwart champions – our major donors,” said Howard Needleman.

The Sandler Family (L-R): Larry & Andrea Schnurmacher, Harvey & Phyllis Sandler, Robin Rubin, Michael Ross, Gary Rubin, Amy & David Ross

Federation’s Ketubah Society Hall of Fame posters will be on display, recognizing those who have demonstrated a cumulative financial commitment of $1 million or more during the Federation’s nearly 40-year history. During the evening, Jane & Alan Cornell and Myrna & Norman Ricken will be welcomed into this prestigious society.

The $150 couvert includes valet parking. Cocktail attire is requested and dietary laws will be observed. A minimum $10,000 household gift to the 2019 UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. For more information, please contact Ida Novack at 561.852.3342 or

MBAF CPAs and Advisors, Proskauer and Steinberg Global Asset Manage­ment are the longtime Major Gifts Division sponsors. Southern Glazer Wine & Spirits is a generous in-kind sponsor of the evening, and The Boca Raton Observer is Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.


As Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, Peres has dedicated himself to continuing the legacy of his father, the Ninth President of Israel, Shimon Peres. He is leading the Peres Center’s flagship initiative, the Israeli Innovation Center, which will tell the remarkable story of Israel as the Innovation Nation. The Peres Center is a pioneer in developing and implementing innovative and cutting-edge peacebuilding programs in the fields of Innovation, Peace Education, Medicine, Business, and Environment, bringing together tens of thousands of Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians in meaningful cooperation over the last 21 years.

As one of Israel’s preeminent venture capitalists, Chemi Peres has been investing in exceptional teams and disruptive ideas since 1993. He serves as Managing General Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango Venture Capital, Israel’s leading Venture Capital Group. With investment in over 200 global hi-tech companies and over $2 billion under management, Peres is an integral part of the thriving Israeli innovation scene and key player on the global entrepreneurial stage.