Dear Friends of the JCC, Welcome and thank you for joining us for the second annual Dancing with the JCC Stars, an evening to support our Scholarship Fund. Tonight we come together to celebrate the JCC and the meaningful effect our Center has on our community. It’s been fourteen years since we opened the doors of the Shimon and Sara Birnbaum JCC to the community. In that time, we have awarded more than $1,200,000 in scholarship funds to hundreds of families and individuals whose lives have been impacted in countless ways. The magnitude of this effort in our community cannot be measured. The reflections our members share with us are truly inspiring and keep us passionate about our mission and the work we do every day. Please read their testimonials published in this Journal. The JCC Scholarship Fund sends children to our preschool, and summer day camp, supports senior nutritional and exercise programs, and supports membership and programs for those less fortunate in our local community. Your attendance and contributions this evening, and all those who have contributed to this event in so many ways, help us to continue our important work of providing programs and services. Special thanks to our eight Volunteer Dancers - Randy Berkow, Stacey Glassman, Ken Kaus, Josh Leibner, Michael Melango, Lisa Nierenberg, Gary Shiman and Ellen Teller, along with their Arthur Murray Dance School professional partners, who practiced tirelessly together for this dance competition. In addition, we thank our dancers for the wonderful spirit they brought to this event and for the donations they brought in through family, friends and co-workers. Our deepest gratitude goes to our hardworking volunteer Board of Directors for their unwavering commitment to our JCC, to the Dancing with the JCC Stars Committee and, specifically, Caryn Kenin for her ongoing contributions as Committee Chair, and of course, to the talented and dedicated staff of our JCC. Last but certainly not least, this evening would not take place without you, our devoted JCC members, community members and donors. To you, we give a “standing ovation” for your ongoing support and passionate belief in our mission. We are so grateful to share this evening with you and we look forward to seeing you at our JCC! We hope you have a wonderful evening!
Kenneth Bernstein President, JCC Board of Directors
Laura Friedman JCC Executive Director