• Penny Goldstein - CFO/Managing Director

The best donors!

I was watching a rerun of Grey's Anatomy the other day and as a birthday present to one of the doctors, incredibly generous donors donated 25 million dollars to the hospital. I just want all of you reading this to know that both Nancy and I had birthdays last week. But really, we already have the most incredibly generous donors. At a time of complete unknown, we know that our donors are the best. At a time when 28% of non-profits are closing their doors, we are opening windows.

We have been processing all of this change for more than a year now. All of our events became virtual. Our visits became drop-offs and phone calls. Our offices emptied. We saw no smiling faces. But, we got thousands of cards and letters for residents. We gave out over a thousand goodie bags. We made hundreds of phone calls. We sold golf certificates when our tournament was canceled, and you bought them. We appealed to you at Rosh Hashana and the response was overwhelming. We changed our gala to an online silent auction and it was an amazing success. We did a raffle at Chanukkah and you felt lucky. On it goes.

Now, we are transitioning again. We are starting to get back out there, safely and successfully. This month we had 25 sponsors that either drove by for a smile or stayed for a while. Our sponsor's breakfasts were canceled last year, but this year we offered a drive by breakfast where some sponsors drove through and picked up wonderful breakfast bags (thanks again to our donors -Penny Goldstein ( Penny the board member), Pat Rubenstein, Pam Ruben, Susan Livingstone, Marlene Adler, Penny Goldstein ( Penny the CFO/Managing Director -"Me"), Ashley Fisak, Nancy Ludin, and Myrna Ossin) or some sponsors sat in or parking lot for a socially distanced outdoor networking breakfast that was shared via zoom for those that couldn't make it.

We have been having some of our other meetings in the parking lot as well. Thank you to our Golf Committee who has been working hard to organize this year's golf tournament which is going to be held at the Rosen Shingle Creek on May 2. This year will be extra special, as we will be playing with the Pros. It's going to be great fun!

Coming up is also our Fashion Show. This was the last of the fundraisers held last year at the end of February. It seems a lifetime ago. The wonderful staff at Dillard's at the Altamonte Mall made last year's event outstanding. They are working to make this year's event even more incredible. There will be individual breakfasts, and a socially distanced choreographed fashion show before the store opens. They will make appointments for individual cosmetic counseling, personal shopping, and pick up orders for your convenience. They are really going out of their way and we appreciate it. You should join us on April 29, 2021. Making things even more special, we are celebrating mothers and daughters - as it is a little more than a week before Mother's Day. The lovely Gloria Newberger and her daughter, our own Executive Director, Nancy Ludin, are being recognized. We know that many of you will take this opportunity to get out with your mothers and daughters.

We are also starting to do programs at facilities again. Our amazing program directors, Julie Levitt, Susan Bernstein and Cantor Nina Fine made sure that hundreds of residents had either a Passover goodie bag (Special thanks again to Susan Littman and friends) or a personalized Seder done at their building (extra thanks to Dr. Terri Fine Stenzler and the amazingly talented Paul Stenzler, and all who volunteered), or both. What a difference that made to the residents this season. They were so ready for Jewish Pavilion's return. We have been hearing all kinds of wonderful reports. And this happened with our donors help preparing goodie bags, volunteering for the seders, and donating for our Passover appeal.

Our donors are the lifeline of our organization . Without you, we do not exist. In the hardest of times, you always seem to come through. We can't thank you enough for your support. A happy and healthy Passover. Next year, I don't care where we are, as long as we're together!

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