Faces of Inspiration 2021 Event Program

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ces Fof aInspiration PROGRAM A celebration honoring Jan and Craig Sher and other inspiring heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 28, 2021 7:30 - 8:30 pm Meet & Greet Virtual Reception Pre- and Post-event

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Mazal tov to GULF COAST JFCS for your six decades of protecting the vulnerable and helping people achieve fulfilling lives. Congrats to our wonderful friend, Barbara Sterensis, for your well deserved DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD! And a HEARTFELT THANK YOU to our parents for being our guiding lights and role models, to our children for showing us the way into the future, and to all our friends and family who helped make this an evening to remember! ALL OUR LOVE, Jan and Craig Sher


This Evening’s Program Welcome: Jason Alpert, Emcee Auction Package Overview Honoree: Tiffany & Anio Felix, Kinship Support Program Honoree Gillian Penn, LCSW, Program Director, Kinship Support Program Welcome & Thank You: Judy Benjamin and Barbara Sterensis 2021 Faces of Inspiration Co-Chairs Presentation of Distinguished Achievement Award Dr. Sandra E. Braham, Gulf Coast JFCS President and CEO Barbara Sterensis, Inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award Recipient Eric Feder, Gulf Coast JFCS Board Chair Honoree: Michelle Roller, Safe at Home Program Honoree Bethany Caparaso, LCSW Intern, Safe at Home Program Opportunity to Support our Holocaust Survivors Honoree: Betty Goldberg, Holocaust Survivor Program Honoree Marlene Wain, Program Manager, Holocaust Survivor Program Presentation of Lifetime Achievement Award Closing Remarks & Announcement of Auction Winners Post Event Meet and Greet: Jan & Craig Sher, Judy Benjamin, Barbara Sterensis, Dr. Sandra E. Braham, Gulf Coast JFCS President and CEO, Terri Balliet, COO Eric Feder, Chairman Board of Directors


A Message ... While we can’t see you all for this year’s celebration, we certainly feel your love! Your collective support in advance of tonight’s program has totaled more than $400k, a record setting amount for this event! And, we hope to raise another $100k during the event for a very special purpose near and dear to us and the Gulf Coast JFCS family—our Holocaust Survivor Program! The importance of each of our philanthropic gifts to Gulf Coast is more evident than ever. This past year has placed enormous stresses on many members of our community, economically and emotionally. Through Gulf Coast JFCS’s broad spectrum of programs and resources, nearly 40,000 members of our community, from babies to seniors will receive the help they need to give them safety, comfort and hope.

Together, we are uplifting lives! FACES of Inspiration: A celebration of the heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS


....from our Event Chairs

Thank you for your support tonight, and may we ask just one favor? Please stay in touch with Gulf Coast JFCS throughout the year, and introduce others to this essential organization for our community. With gratitude, Judy Benjamin

Barbara Sterensis

Judy Benjamin Barbara Sterensis 2021 FACES of Inspiration 2021 FACES of Inspiration Co-Chair Co-Chair FACES of Inspiration: A celebration of the heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS


Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world. (Ethics of Our Fathers 1:2)

Congratulations to Jan and Craig Sher on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and Barbara Sterensis on receiving the Distinguished Achievement Award.

Family-owned and operated for more than 50 years, we are proud partners of Gulf Coast JFCS.


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Life brings all types of challenges, vulnerabilities and hardships - for which many people don’t have the resources to confront by themselves. Gulf Coast JFCS helps all people of all faiths, from babies to seniors with a full spectrum of vital health and human service needs. Rooted in Jewish values of service to others, Gulf Coast JFCS helps individuals feel safe, hopeful and equips them to take control of their lives. We uplift lives! FACES of Inspiration offers a glimpse into this lifechanging outreach and the people who inspire us. These stories demonstrate the power of love and humanity in action, which in turn make our community and the world a better place. Thank you for your generosity to FACES of Inspiration and Gulf Coast JFCS. Funds raised translate into more people reached and more lives transformed!

FACES of Inspiration: A celebration of the heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS


Thank you to our 2021 Faces of Inspiration Leadership Co-Chairs: Judy Benjamin and Barbara Sterensis Outreach Team: Will Conroy Helen Levine Stan Levy Irwin Novack Steve Raymund

Your commitment and passion to uplift the lives of others is awe-inspiring. You are love in action! Gulf Coast JFCS staff


Gulf Coast JFCS Leadership Board of Directors

Emeritus Trustees

Eric Feder, Chair

Jared Abelman David J. Abelson Judy Benjamin Leah Bergoffen Debbie Berner David Bernstein, M.D. Susan Diner Todd Foster Emily R. Gurtman Anthony Holloway William E. Israel Gary M. Klein Susan Levy Steve Raymund Leslie A. Rubin Gladys Schutz, z”l Brent Sembler Helaine Shatanoff Solc Jan Sher Marc Silverman James B. Soble Barbara Sterensis Joseph B. Sterensis Lisa Titen Frank Tylman Terri Ziegler

Elizabeth Samuelson, Vice Chair Karen Raymund Marder, Secretary David Pilkington, Treasurer Julie Klavans, Immediate Past Chair Jeff Baker Dr. Vivian Benci Steve Benov Vernon Bryant Evan Christiansen Dr. Andrew Hano Susan Landress Jay Miller, NJHSA David Punzak, Esq. Alan Schwartz Dr. Emilie Socash Abby Sterensis Becca Tieder


In Their ... Holocaust Survivor Urgent Care Fund Gulf Coast JFCS assists 242 Holocaust survivors who require varying levels of assistance for essential daily living activities. For many, the high costs of medical and home care have depleted their financial reserves resulting in a significant gap in care without our assistance. Approximately 30% of Holocaust survivors live below the poverty line.

FACES of Inspiration: A celebration of the heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS


...Hour of Need They Need Our Help NOW! Make an Impact: $10,000: Urgent care needs for 1 survivor. $5,000: Restorative dental work for 2 survivors. $1,800: Food insecurity support for 18 survivors $1,000: Medical alert systems for 4 survivors. $180: Week of home care for 1 survivor. $72: Companionship and transportation for 1 survivor.

Be Our Inspiration. Text “FACES2021” to 76278 to contribute. Our goal is to raise $100,000, $75,000 to be matched 1-1 by KAVOD-SHEF. These funds will be directed to the most urgent care needs for survivors, prioritizing those in their 90’s and others with greatest safety risk or medical vulnerability. Donations above $75,000 will not be matched but will be used to provide urgent care for survivors.

FACES of Inspiration: A celebration of the heroes of Gulf Coast JFCS


Congratulations to

Gulf Coast JFCS

for improving the lives of so many in need,

and to our good friend

Barbara Sterensis

for her outstanding leadership, and to all the honorees. A special mazel tov to our own

Jan and Craig Sher

for their love, generosity and life-long devotion to our community. We are blessed to be part of a close family and are always so proud of you! Marilyn Benjamin Judy Benjamin Mark & Louisa Benjamin Caren & Larry Appel


Community Heroes

Thank you Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation and Bill and Sally Israel for their tireless devotion to our community members experiencing food insecurity. The William and Sally Israel Food Pantry is grateful for your $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, presented by Jabil.


Thank you to... Presenting Sponsors Sembler Company Jan and Craig Sher

Gold Sponsors The Benjamin & Appel Families Duke Energy High Family Office LLC Raymund Foundation Sonia Raymund Foundation

The Sher Family: Jessica & Ali Sher and Stacy & Will Conroy Tikvah Suncoast Terri & Lane Ziegler

Silver Sponsors Jeanie & David Abelson Chris & Steve Antinori Bowen Arnold & John Schilling Shannon & Joel Cantor Ernst & Young Cindy & Eric Feder Florida Holocaust Museum Florida Blue Florida Insurance Trust Goldman Sachs Amir Gold & Jason Wiesenfeld Maurice A. & Thelma P. Rothman Family Foundation Jeffrey P. Howells Family Foundation

Diane & Shelly Kamins Julie & Scott Klavans Blossom Leibowitz The Miller Family Nancy Clark & Howard Miller, Jan & Jay Miller Karen & Mandel Sher Kanes Furniture Patricia & Irwin Novack Sabal Trust Noreen Sablotsky The Bank of Tampa Wallace, Welch and Willingham Weller Residential LLC


...our generous sponsors Bronze Sponsors Jared Abelman Debbie & Jody Berner Bran & Stuart Berni Steve Berni & Elaine Rubinson CBIZ MHM, LLC Jessie & Mike Corcoran Jody & Wade Cressman Sue & Ron Diner Englander Fischer Frey Masterson Investments Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Judy Genshaft & Steve Greenbaum Shanna & Bryan Glazer Andrea Graham & Geoff Simon Clover Real Estate Directed Capital Emily & Fred Gurtman Michael A. Hano Family Foundation Chris & Marc Fratello and Susan & Stan Levy Sally & William Israel Johnson & Jackson

Karessa & Stuart Lasher Tracy & Eric Lynn Karen & Mark Marder and Lena & Alex Rogachevsky Osprey Capital Carol and David Pilkington Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P. A. Laurie & Marc Rieskind and Sandy & Michael Slomka RSM U.S. Elaine Rubenson & Steve Berni Susie & Alan Schwartz Deena & Larry Silver Emilie & Shane Socash Abby Sterensis Barbara & Joe Sterensis Tampa Bay Rays Foundation Katee Tully & Helen Levine and Robin Warren Vicki & Skip Tylman Candy & Mike Valdes


is proud to partner with Gulf Coast JFCS in uplifting lives.


Gold Patrons Janet & Paul Adams Vivian Benci & Saul Lerner Susie & Ira Berman Suzanne & Steve Benov Aliza & Chaim Bloom Anje & Tim Bogott Byrna & David Bornstein Sandra & Eric Braham Lisa Brock & Farrukh Quraishi Debi & Guy Burns Cogent Bank Crown Automotive Echelon Sue Farley Phyllis & Gary Gould Nancy & William Greenberg Laura and Hank Hine Hancock Whitney

Polly & Barry Kraus Sue & Harvey Landress Mariane & Mark Mahaffey McLain Foods, Inc. Melissa & James Myers Susan & Jeff Neustadt Phyllis & Ron Newberg Fagl Oxman Republic Bank Patricia & Dennis Ruppel Elizabeth & David Samuelson Laura & Michael Sher Maryanne & Ezra Singer Leyla & Thomas Tremaine United Healthcare Valley Bank Andrea Wilson

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Congratulations to Jan and Craig Sher and Barbara Sterensis. A well deserved honor for making our community and world a better place!

- Jeffrey Howells and Kimberly Johnson -

Congratulations to our dear friends Jan and Craig Sher on receiving this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award! - Jason Wiesenfeld and Amir Gold -


Silver Patrons Jillian Bandes Melissa & David Bernstein Janie & Marty Borelli Ann Duncan Beth & Jeff Frumkin Natalie & Scott Gebicke Terri & Jay Gross Dorothy & Stephen King Jerry Orns Foundation

Lightwave Debbie & Joel Momberg Roseanne & Mark Poston Shevy & Tom Silverberg Peter Snelling Helaine & Zunya Solc Rachel Wein Becky & Allan Weiss Sally & Robert Willis

Congratulations Jan and Craig! You are two great people doing great things for our community, driven by your heart and passion to serve. We are proud and honored to be counted among your friends. With love, Chris and Steve Antinori


Mazel tov to Jan, Craig and Barbara for their continued service and dedication to GCJCFS. With much affection and admiration, Susie and Alan Schwartz

Leadership is both an art and a science, growing from a foundation of trust, care, and vision. We are so moved by the lifelong work of Craig and Jan in making our entire community brighter, bolder, and more beautiful through their endeavors. - Dr. Emilie & Shane Socash -

David Reynolds Jewelry and Coin

CONGRATULATIONS Jan and Craig, your passion and gifts make our world brighter and a better place for all! Thanks -The BERNI FAMILY-


Bronze Patrons Jacqueline Albin Janet Augenbraun Katie & Steven Curiale Elissa & Terry Hirsch Horowitz Family Andi & Ken Jacobs Jacqueline & Bernard Kanner Debra Kaplan Sally Laufer Kris Loomis Cindy Minetti Pamela & Stephen Newman Cathy Peckett & Ray Gadd

Toni & John Rinde Laurence Roberts Lisa & John Ruggles Dina Saginur Sharlene Sakol Barbara Sansone Kenneth Sherman Ann & James Soble Abby Sterensis Karen & Paul Tash Rabbis Betsy & Michael Torop Irene & Steven Weiss Jennifer Vesper & Thomas Andrews

Thank you to all our patrons for uplifting lives. Your generous support PROTECTS the vulnerable, EMPOWERS individuals and STRENGTHENS families across the state of Florida and for generations to come.


A SPECIAL THANK YOU A special thanks to Sue Farley, Vice President of Development and Marketing for your partnership, expertise and humanity during our first virtual FACES event!

Also, thank you to Hana Cowart, Nilma Vasquez, and the entire Gulf Coast JFCS staff for your outstanding work in support of FACES! Judy Benjamin and Barbara Sterensis Co-Chairs, FACES 2021


Faces of Inspiration 2021 Honoree: Betty Goldberg, Holocaust Survivor Program The Nazis came for Betty Goldberg’s father when she was just 9. Yet, a Gentile man who had befriended her father before he was shipped off on a train to Auschwitz, hid her with his family. Through the end of the war, Betty lived under an assumed identity in a separate home from her mother. She survived and miraculously, so did her parents. Betty has been a long time participant in Gulf Coast JFCS’s Holocaust Survivor program, for many years enjoying the social support provided to some 250 Holocaust Survivors in the Tampa Bay region. However as the years passed, Betty’s medical and homecare needs continued to increase. The cost of around the clock care was steadily depleting her personal savings. Gulf Coast JFCS’s Holocaust Survivor Program is helping Betty meet her financial and personal care needs, first facilitating her successful restitution application from the French Railroad Fund and more recently qualifying her for homecare services paid in part by the German Claims Conference. Gulf Coast JFCS is proud to honor Mrs. Betty Goldberg for her positive voice, courage and perseverance.

Congratulations Jan and Craig. We are grateful for all you have done for Gulf Coast JFCS and for the countless lives you have enabled us to assist through your enormous generosity of time, talent, and treasure. - Cindy and Eric Feder -


Jan and Craig, Today is the time to celebrate you both for all you do in our community. Let’s start the celebration by saying congratulations. Love, Sonia Raymund

Dear Barbara, FACES has been a labor of love for many of us; however, without your tenacity and perseverance the project would have never happened. Congratulations on a very deserving recognition. Love, Sonia Raymund


Faces of Inspiration 2021 Honoree Michelle Roller, Safe at Home - Pasco Safe at Home is geared toward helping families stay together - working with families whose children are at risk of being removed from their home due to a variety of factors. Gulf Coast JFCS’s Safe at Home program was Michelle’s “last chance” to take the actions needed to keep her family together. Once she understood Gulf Coast JFCS was here to help and assist her every step of the way, she became empowered to do everything necessary to improve herself and create a positive environment for her family. This involved substance abuse and behavioral counseling for herself, family counseling, parenting classes, and monitoring for substance misuse. Gulf Coast JFCS guided Michelle to access the medical care she needed and mentored her in her job hunting efforts. Increasingly, Michelle demonstrated her strength and conviction to making a better life for her children and to making a bright future for the family. Congratulations to Michelle Roller—2021 FACES Honoree.

Jan and Craig Thank you for your heartfelt support of Gulf Coast over the years. With the support of leaders like you, we are able to achieve our mission of protecting the vulnerable, empowering individuals and strengthening families.

With love, Julie and Scott Klavans


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Faces of Inspiration 2021 Honoree Tiffany and Anio Felix, Kinship Support Program Every child deserves a safe and loving home. Tiffany and Anio Felix and Gulf Coast JFCS’s Kinship Support Program stepped in when tragedy struck to make this a reality for two young boys who tragically lost their mother. Gulf Coast JFCS is proud to recognize them as a 2021 FACES of Inspiration Honoree. After losing their mother to an accidental drug overdose, two brothers, 4 and 1 years old, were left without a parent or family member to care for them. But not for long. The Felix family were friends with the boy’s mother and upon her death, knew they should step forward to care for these boys. Already parents to three children, the Felix’s lovingly made this decision even knowing the boys would need a lot of special care to help them through their developmental delays and emotional wounds. The Gulf Coast JFCS Kinship Support Program is supporting the Felix family through their journey of guardianship toward legal adoption, including assisting them to locate needed counseling, medical and educational resources. The ultimate goal of the program is to support guardians to provide happy, loving homes for children who may otherwise be placed in child welfare system.


“It’s not the time in your life, it’s the life in your time.”

- Bruce Springsteen

Mom (Hanny) and Dad (Pops), Thanks for being the TIES THAT BIND not only for our family, but the community at large.

We love you around the world and back infinity times forever and a day. Love, Ali, Jess, Stacy, Will, Paige, Jack, and Shea


2021 Lifetime Achievement Award Jan & Craig Sher So generously sharing their time, wisdom, influence and philanthropic resources for four decades, Jan and Craig Sher are among the most impactful leaders ever during Gulf Coast JFCS’s nearly half century history. Jan served on the Gulf Coast JFCS Board of Directors for 8 years, twice chaired the FACES of Inspiration gala. She currently is serving as an Emeritus Trustee and a member of the Gulf Coast JFS Advisory Board, where she continues to champion Gulf Coast JFCS’s Jewish community outreach, most especially our treasured Holocaust Survivors. Craig’s lasting imprint began with advocacy efforts with state legislators to encourage funding for the growing essential health and human service programs of Gulf Coast JFCS. He also served on the CEO search and selection committee, and continues to provide essential strategic counsel and support as needed. To help Gulf Coast JFCS plan to meet the needs of the Tampa Bay Jewish community, the Shers helped spearhead and fund the 2017 Pinellas/Pasco Jewish Population Study. Yet, the Sher’s commitment and passion to serve doesn’t end with Gulf Coast JFCS. They’ve offered dedicated service to many other local boards and committees including Temple Beth-El, Menorah Manor, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, Shorecrest Preparatory School, Academy Preparatory School, Pinellas Education Foundation, Tampa Bay Lightning Foundation, Dali Museum, The James Museum, Starting Right, Now, and Art Festival Beth-El among many others. They humbly point to the legacy of both of their parents Sonia and Irwin Miller and Anita and Louis Sher as their teachers and role models. For the Sher’s, it’s important to carry forward their parents’ legacies and pass it forward to their children. As Craig says, “At the end of the day, it’s about making the world a better place.”


Mazel tov to our amazing mom/wife, Barbara, for being the first recipient of “The Barbara Sterensis Distinguished Achievement Award” and the great honor of having the award given in your name annually!

You are an amazing force for positive change in our community and it is a joy to see you recognized in this way for all of your incredible achievements during your many years with Gulf Coast. We love you and couldn’t be more proud of you and all you do! Joe, Abby, & Lauren


The Inaugural Barbara G. Sterensis Distinguished Achievement Award Selfless commitment is the essence of Barbara Sterensis’ nearly two decade dedication to Gulf Coast JFCS. Barbara joined the Board in 2004 and for the next 15 years she served at a level and capacity of dedication unparalleled in the organization’s history. Through her tenure on the Board, she dedicated herself to learning all aspects of the organization. Following the tragic deaths of two CEOs within a five year period, Barbara stepped in further to help an organization steeped in grief, including briefly serving as acting CEO. Not only did she willingly put aside her own personal life and priorities to suddenly step into this role, she did so in a way to help the Gulf Coast JFCS staff begin to heal from the shock of its loss while affording the leadership time to begin the search for a new chief executive. The value of her tireless and compassionate embrace of the Gulf Coast JFCS family at this time was beyond measure! Having such deep and broad knowledge of Gulf Coast JFCS programs, Barbara teamed up with her good friend and amateur photographer, Sonia Raymund, to create the first FACES book-First Edition, showcasing the beautiful people and stories of the Gulf Coast JFCS family. The Second Edition of FACES is recently completed and being offered as a thank you to Tree of Life Circle contributors as a reminder of the life changing impact of these generous gifts. Barbara Sterensis is a treasure to Gulf Coast JFCS, to our community and to the world! The Gulf Coast JFCS Board of Directors is proud to honor her with the inaugural Barbara G. Sterensis Distinguished Achievement Award, and will look in future years to award this honor to others who follow in her footsteps with such dedicated and selfless leadership.


The roots of a flourishing tree run deep, and so do the roots of our community and our honorees. As Jan and Craig Sher receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, it is with family roots that have run in our community for 3 generations and more generations to come. Calling you friends is a honor, having you both as part of our community is a blessing. Barbara Sterensis, you and your family are always here for us all. Your dedication, knowledge, leadership and caring have made Gulf Coast all that much stronger and ready to serve our community for years to come. I ask what would we do without you, and I am so grateful to know that we will not have to find out. YouToare an you amazing for positive change know and be force your friend is a privilege.

in our community and it is a joy And recognized to all of our honorees, to see you in this way for we thank you as the Crosby, Stills, and Nash song all of your incredible says....”Teach Yourachievements Children Well” during your many with Gulfchildren Coast. as you have years all instilled in your the sense of community, purpose, and commitment.

We love you and couldn’t be With much love and admiration more proud and all you do! Diane of andyou Shelly Kamins Joe, Abby, & Lauren


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Jan and Craig Sher on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award and are proud to support Gulf Coast JFCS

To Craig and Jan, a Dynamic Duo No one uses their influence and resources to benefit our community more than Craig and Jan Sher. Whenever and wherever there is a need, there they are opening their hearts and their resources to the needs of others. For this, they richly deserve our grateful appreciation.

Bill & Sally Israel

Mazel tov to Jan and Craig Sher and Barbara Sterensis on this much deserved recognition for their long time dedication to Gulf Coast JFCS and our community.

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The High Family and Boards of Directors wish to congratulate Craig and Jan on this recognition, and to thank Craig for his years of valuable service to the High Companies.


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Jan and Craig, Mazel tov on your well deserved honor! The impact of your selfless philanthropy can be seen throughout the community and I feel particularly lucky to have seen much of it up close! Mom (Barbara Sterensis), What a fitting honor to have a new, annual Gulf Coast award in your name! I couldn’t be prouder of you and the work that you do for Gulf Coast and for this community! You and Dad taught me everything I need to know about giving back to our community in ways that are meaningful and long lasting. Mazel tov on receiving the first annual “The Barbara Sterensis Distinguished Achievement Award” and for the incredible honor of having the award in your name to honor generations of Gulf Coast volunteers to come! I love you all and am so proud of you! - Abby Sterensis -


Barbara,

Jan and Craig, Your leadership and generosity make our world better and light the way for others. Many thanks and congratulations. Steve Raymund


Congratulations Jan and Craig Sher on the Lifetime Achievement Award! Congratulations to our cherished friend Barbara Sterensis on being the inaugural Distinguished Achievement Award recipient!

“How wonderful life is while you’re in the world.” (Your Song, Sir Elton John)

With love and gratitude, Howard & Nancy Miller Rachel and David & Asher and Weiling and Paul Jay & Jan Miller Lina and Naomi Mandel & Karen Sher

Laura and Michael & Mira and Benji; Mindy and Jacob, and Lauren and Ray


Congratulations to Barbara Sterensis and Jan and Craig Sher for their well deserved awards. We are grateful for their support and dedication and thank them and the GCJFCS board and staff for the many important programs that make such a difference in our community and beyond. - Terri and Lane Ziegler -


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BARBARA STERENSIS and JAN & CRAIG SHER Thank you for your never-ending commitment to tikkun olam! Geoff Simon and Andrea Graham

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We’d like to congratulate

Jan & Craig Sher

on receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at Gulf Coast JFCS’s FACES of Inspiration event. Your dedication to the Tampa Bay community is second to none. Best Wishes, Dr. Judy Genshaft & Steve Greenbaum

Congratulations Jan and Craig! Your generosity and caring for so many makes our community, and the world, a better place for all of us!

- Bowen Arnold & John Schilling -


Mazel tov to Jan and Craig Sher. Thank you for making our communities better!

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Jan and Craig This Lifetime Achievement Award is well deserved and reflects your selfless generosity and commitment to the Jewish community. Kol Ha’Kavod Noreen Gordon Sablotsky


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Jan and Craig for your leadership and dedication to Gulf Coast JFCS and to our community. Your friends at

Congratulations Jan and Craig on this well deserved honor. Your caring for others and generosity make you role models for our entire community. Deena and Larry Silver

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Become a member of the Gulf Coast JFCS Tree of Life Circle with an annual gift of $1,000 or more. Janet & Paul Adams Byrna & David Bornstein Jared Abelman Sandra & Eric Braham Jeanie & David Abelson Lisa Brock & Farrukh Quraishi Chris & Steve Antinori Debi & Guy Burns Caren & Larry Appel Shannon & Joel Cantor Bowen Arnold CBIZ- Mayer Hoffman McCann P.C. The Bank of Tampa Cogent Bank Charles & Margery Barancik Foundation Community Foundation of Tampa Bay Vivian Benci & Saul Lerner Congregation B’nai Israel of St. Judy Benjamin Petersburg Louisa and Mark Benjamin Congregation B’nai Israel Sisterhood Marilyn Benjamin Jessie & Mike Corcoran Suzanne & Steve Benov Jody & Wade Cressman Suzette & Monroe Berkman Sue & Ron Diner Debbie & Jody Berner Directed Capital Bran & Stuart Berni Duke Energy Aliza & Chaim Bloom Duke Energy Foundation Anje & Tim Bogott Echelon


Eckerd Connects, Inc. Weller Residential LLC Betsy & Lenny Englander Ernst & Young Sue Farley Abby & Ron Favali Cindy & Eric Feder First Presbyterian Church of St. Petersburg Florida Blue Florida Insurance Trust Chris & Marc Fratello Frey Masterson Investments Gabe & Alice Rubin Endowment Fund Florida Holocaust Museum Judy Genshaft & Steve Greenbaum Shanna & Bryan Glazer Goldman Sachs

Phyllis & Gary Gould Andrea Graham & Geoff Simon Nancy & William Greenberg Clover Real Estate Emily & Fred Gurtman Hancock Whitney Michael A. Hano Family Foundation Harbor Exchange Club of North Pinellas Heritage Insurance The Herman Forbes Charitable Trust High Family Office Laura & Hank Hine The Hobbs Foundation William & Sally Israel Jeffrey P Howells Family Foundation Jewish Federation of Florida’s Gulf Coast Johns Hopkins Children’s Hospital Johnson and Jackson Diane & Shelly Kamins Kanes Furniture Patricia & Irwin Novack Gus & Kathy Katsadouros Trace Kingham Julie & Scott Klavans Lawrence Korth Polly & Barry Kraus Sue & Harvey Landress Karessa & Stuart Lasher Blossom Leibowitz Helen Levine & Katee Tully


Susan & Stan Levy Lightning Community Hero Lutheran Services of Florida Tracy & Eric Lynn Mariane & Mark Mahaffey Kathy & Mark Mandula Manny & Ruthy Cohen Foundation Mark and Karen Marder Elaine & Bernard Markowitz Maurice A. & Thelma P. Rothman Family Foundation Inc. Jim McEleney McLain Foods, Inc. Lynette Menezes Jan & Jay Miller Nancy Clark & Howard Miller Sheila & Ron Miller Joseph Mirman Crown Automotive Susan & Jeff Neustadt Phyllis & Ron Newberg Ronda O’Farrell Fagl Oxman Carol and David Pilkington Pinellas Community Foundation The PNC Financial Services Group Publix Super Markets Charities Raymond James Financial Raymund Foundation

Reilly, Fisher & Solomon, P. A. Laurie and Marc Reiskind Republic Bank Fran & Bud Risser, III Lena & Alex Rogachevsky Dani & Tyler Rose RSM US Elaine Rubinson & Steve Berni Patricia & Dennis Ruppel Sabal Trust Noreen Sablotsky Elizabeth & David Samuelson John Schilling The Schoenbaum Family Foundation, Inc. Suzie & Alan Schwartz


Betty & Mel Sembler Debbie & Brent Sembler Liz & Greg Sembler Senior Citizens Services, Inc. Alison Sher Jan & Craig Sher Jessica Sher Karen & Mandel Sher Laura & Michael Sher Mary & Keith Sherman Carol & Jeff Simon Mary Ann & Ezra Singer Sandy & Michael Slomka Smith & Associates Real Estate Peter Snelling

Emilie & Shane Socash Sonny’s BBQ St. Cloud Door Co. Stephen Benjamin Duke Revocable Living Trust Abby Sterensis Barbara & Joe Sterensis Suncoast Credit Union Foundation Tampa Bay BBQ Co-Op Inc. Tampa Bay Rays Tikvah Suncoast Susan & Joel Traub Leyla & Thomas Tremaine Vicki & Skip Tylman United Healthcare Candy & Mike Valdes Susan Valdes Valley Bank Angela Wachtler Wallace Welch & Willingham Robin Warren Nancy & Steve Westphal Carrie & Jason Wiesenfeld Andrea Wilson WJ & CA Gunzburger Endowment Fund Terri & Lane Ziegler


Thank you to the Gulf Coast JFCS staff, Board of Directors, Advisory Board members, and Volunteers for your passion and dedication. Congratulations to Jan and Craig Sher, recipients of the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Barbara Sterensis, recipient of the Barbara Sterensis Distinguished Achievement Award. We celebrate you for impacting the lives of thousands of people and building a stronger community for all.

When everyone went home, Gulf Coast JFCS employees went to work. Employees wore masks, maintained physical distance, and supported more than 40,000 Floridians in need. Tonight, we honor them and their clients who put in the work to uplift lives. Tonight, we celebrate our community of donors, and leadership by example. Tonight we show up for them. Thank you!


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Heart Gallery of Pinellas and Pasco,

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Mazel tov to our special friends Jan and Craig Sher on this well deserved honor, the Lifetime Achievement Award. You lead by example and are an inspiration!! Thanks to the Gulf Coast JFCS staff for your dedication and commitment! Barbara and Joe Sterensis


HOW TO TEXT TO GIVE Text FACES2021 to 78262 and follow the instructions. Thank You!