Feb 12, 2015
THE EVENT: 600+ Celebrate Community’s Impact Today and Imagine Tomorrow
For a third year, our Jewish community came together in all its vibrant diversity with one purpose at THE EVENT: to celebrate all the good we do together and get inspired to do even more for those who depend on us. From our 40 synagogues, Federation partner agencies and schools; from longtime leaders and donors to newcomers; and from multiple generations - a crowd of more than 600 filled the rooms at Boca West Country Club with ruach on February 3.
From the animated showcase of community resources that packed two rooms, an elegant cocktail reception and buffet dinner, through a program in turn both poignant and uproarious, the buzz just kept getting louder: our South Palm Beach County Jewish community is unmistakably proud, healthy and committed to the well-being of our Jewish family near and far. And the momentum continues as attendees can’t stop kvelling. In person and with huge engagement on social media, they’ve made sure their friends and colleagues know what they missed – and how to get involved in our amazing community.
THE EVENT 2015’s dedicated leadership team put together a night that the crowd will never forget. Kudos go out to Co-chairs Lisa & Bob Marton and Debbie & Roy Weisman, as well as THE EVENT’s Founding Chairs Debra & Larry Halperin. And very special thanks go to Joan Garde, who made such a night possible by generously underwriting Larry Miller’s appearance in loving memory of her husband, Joseph Garde.
Noam Gershony, an IDF helicopter pilot gravely injured in a crash during the second Lebanon war, received an extended standing ovation after sharing his inspirational journey of recovery to become the first Israeli gold medalist in international Paralympic competition. David Pratt called upon the audience to join Noam as heroes of our community, heroes to the countless people we help from our neighborhoods, in Israel and across the globe where we are needed.
Larry Miller, popular film and television actor known for unforgettable roles in Pretty Woman, Best in Show, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld and far more, shared his own Jewish experience of maintaining his faith and practice throughout his career. Then he brought down the house with his humor.
And the night ended on a truly rousing note with a big announcement form Rabbi Josh Broide, Federation’s Director of Community Engagement! Broide kicked off the new 60 Days of Impact initiative onstage. On the way out, the crowd posed in colorful frames - showing their pride in making an impact and inviting others to join them.
A group of Federation’s younger major donors, headed to a side room for an “after party” with Miller and Gershony immediately following the event. These Emerging Jewish Philanthropists (EJP) enjoyed each other’s company and spirited “Drinks and Intimate Conversation” with the speakers.
THE EVENT was generously sponsored by Brown’s Interior Design, Hotwire Communications, HJ Sims, Marcus & Levine Certified Public Accounts and Suffolk. The Boca Raton Observer was Exclusive Magazine Sponsor.