May 08, 2012 - Happyness Hour at JFS
What: Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon and Fundraiser
Where: Grand Hyatt Denver
When: Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Time: 11.30 a.m.
Ticket Prices: $150
Master of Ceremonies: Jim Benemann
Co-Chair(s): Event Chairs Michele Right, Adam Agron, Alan Mayer--board chair, Jamie Sarché – event advisor, and David Asarch
Speaker: Christopher Gardner
Sponsors: Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and Denver Business Journal, Will and Sheri Gold; Rose Medical Center; and Joyce Zeff
Blacktie Photos by: Carol Burkett - Superior Imaging
Event Chairs Michele Right, Adam Agron, Alan Mayer--board chair, Jamie Sarché (event advisor) and David Asarch
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What kind of strength and determination is required to build a wildly successful Wall Street career, while raising an infant as a homeless single father? Motivational speaker Christopher Gardner knows what it takes and his life is so inspiring, that his autobiography was turned into a movie starring Will Smith.
The 8th Annual Jewish Family Service Executive Luncheon was an opportunity for attendees to see the world through a different lens and discover the sometimes unseen well of determination that can exist in individuals who are fighting against oppressive personal circumstances in order to better their lives for themselves and their families.
Jim Benemann, CBS4 news anchor, led off the program and Rabbi Eliot Baskin led those present in a blessing. Alan Mayer, JFS board chair and Yana Vishnitsky, JFS president and CEO talked about the work of JFS in Colorado.
One of the many programs offered by JFS is SHALOM Denver, which encourages and trains the underemployed and one of their clients, Heidi Pittaway spoke of the struggles she faced raising her daughters and happily is now on a productive path of education and employment that are allowing her to be a powerful force in her young daughter's lives.
Max Appel congratulated Heidi and announced that he and his wife Elaine were making a matching donation of $100,000. This generous gift brought the total raised during the luncheon to over $200,000 and the total for the luncheon overall to over $470,000. Christopher Gardner then wowed everyone with his story and made us understand the sacrifices, we may be called to make for our children.
For more information about the JFS, please check their website at jewishfamilyservice.org