Dirk Meyer, Associate Conductor of the Sarasota Orchestra did a marvelous job of not only conducting, but also of connecting with the audience with his witty repartee. (By the way, his wife Jennifer looked stunning. I have never seen her look so beautiful.) How fortunate we are that Bea Friedman underwrites the orchestra's performance every year. Speaking of Miss Bea, I didn't get her photo because I couldn't get close enough! She was always surrounded by so many people trying to get an audience with her. That's what happens when you are one of the town's biggest philanthropists!
I have seen the Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe perform at numerous events this season and their performances never get old - in fact, I think they keep getting better and better. Nate Jacobs, Artistic Director, has put together a terrific group. They were divine. Especially Chris Eisenberg, whose mother, Josephine, is now on staff at JFCS.
The JFCS agency video made its debut at the gala. JFCS does so much good for our entire community, not only the Jewish community. They have served almost 22,000 clients in the past year alone. The stories told of the people they have helped were quite amazing and brought tears to my eyes. I must say, several videos at different organizations' events this year have been really well done.
One of the ways guests could help immediately, was to buy the Boxes of Hope centerpieces, which were filled with toys and gifts for 53 families served by the Building Strong Families Homelessness Prevention Program. What a fabulous idea for centerpieces!
Lots of Sarasota swells attended. In addition to those photographed below or already mentioned, others attending were Nate Benderson and Anne Virag, Ilene Friedman, Alisa and Ernest Kretzmer, Betty Schoenbaum, Teri Hansen and Steve Wilberding, Sydney and Jerome Goldstein, Florence Katz, Steve Miles, Lynn and Dr. Arthur Guilford, Doris Kaplan, Diana Lager, Fran and David Lambert, Renee Sheade, Barbara Zdravecky, Greg Band, Gary and Kathy Heard and JFCS VP of Development, Andria Bilan.
|Co-chair Marie and Donald Monsky|
|Co-chair Judy Cahn and Scott Anderson|
|JFCS President and CEO Rose Chapman|
|Flora Major and Vivian Kouvant|
|Dottie and Bob Garner|
|Alan and Vivienne Smith|
|Mickey Fine, Arnold Hoffman, and Marsha Panuce|
|Paula Leu and Nicci Kobritz|
|Sally Yanowitz, Peggy Abt, and Lois Stulberg|
|Marjorie North, Skip and Gail Sacks|
|Dr. Cucho and Melba Jimenez|
|Elaine Margolis, Judy Cuppy, and Noel Sams|
|David Band and Christine Jennings|
|Mayor Suzanne Atwell and Grace Carlson|
|Martha Honey, Donald Monsky, and Bob Dudley|
|Bill and Audrey Coleman|
|Marie Wirries and Jewel Ash|
|Marty and Rabbi Jonathan Katz|
|Tom and Marjorie Peter, Marv Albert and Gerri Aaron|
|Lisa Walsh and Molly Schechter|
|Malcolm Candlish and Judy Cahn|
|Lee Levine, Ron Good, and Hannah Honeyman|
|Dr. Arthur Ancowitz and Ina Schnell|
|Ian Webb and Margaret Barbieri|
|Joseph Gianguzzo and Brian Lipton|
|Christine and Bruce Cassidy, Jr.|
|Phil King, Julie Milton, and Dennis Stover|
|Rev. Jim and Nikki Nilon|
|Susan Burns and Larry Eger|
|Jocelyn Stevens and Roxie Jerde|
|Wendy and Jerry Finestein and Veronica Brady|
|Patricia Caswell and Margaret Callihan|
|Dennis and Graci McGillicuddy|
|Joan Lyon and Sue Jacobson|
|George Allison and Flori Roberts|
|Leigh and Dr. Michael Gordon|