Federation’s 2014 Main Event Celebrates Community

Benefited the Greater Miami Jewish Federation/UJA Campaign

Maxine and Kenny Schwartz with Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

More than 1,200 members of Miami’s Jewish community came together to support people in need and to celebrate community at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation’s 2014 The Main Event.

Chaired this year by Michelle and Bob Diener, The Main Event is Federation’s largest annual community-wide event, raising funds for the Annual Federation/UJA Campaign and helping Jewish people in need in Miami, in Israel and in 70 other countries around the world.

One highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2014 Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award to Maxine and Kenny Schwartz in recognition of their long-standing support of Israel and the Jewish people. For decades, the Schwartzes have been steadfast supporters of Miami’s Jewish community and the people of Israel. In his presentation honoring the Schwartzes, Federation Past President Norman Braman noted that they led Miami’s first mega missions to Israel, inspiring countless others to become involved in the community.

The keynote address for The Main Event was delivered by former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. As the nation’s first female Secretary of State, Albright reinforced America’s alliances, advocated democracy and human rights, and promoted American trade, business, labor and environmental standards abroad.

Marsha Bilzin and Federation Board Chair Brian L. Bilzin with Madeleine Albright

Brian L. Bilzin is Chair of the Board of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and Robert G. Berrin is the General Campaign Chair. Main Event Vice Chairs were Mikki and Morris Futernick, Stefany and Dr. Jaime Ghitelman, Robert Kopf, Elaine Richman, Andi and Peter Russin, Michael S. Wagner and Andrew Wolf.

Federation gratefully acknowledges its Proud Business Partners for their financial support of The Main Event. Platinum sponsors: Bilzin Sumberg Attorneys at Law, The Collection, Greenberg Traurig and Wells Fargo. Gold sponsors: Akerman Senterfitt, Berkowitz Pollack Brant, City National Bank, Kent Security Services, The Miami Herald, Morrison Brown Argiz & Farra, LLC, Sabadell United Bank, Sapoznik Insurance & Associates, Inc., South Florida Legal Guide and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A. Silver sponsors: Meland Russin & Budwick P.A. Bronze sponsors: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, Higer Lichter & Givner and Kaufman Rossin & Company, P.A., CPAs. Pearl Sponsors: Action Video Productions, Atlantic Hosiery Outlet, Goldstein Schechter Koch, NFP The Meltzer Group, Northern Trust, Perry Ellis International and Podhurst Orseck, P.A.

To learn more about the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, please visit JewishMiami.org or call 305.576.4000.

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