Greater Miami Jewish Federation Main Event

A Night of Spirit and Song

Federation President Saby Behar and Executive Vice President Jacob Solomon present Shari Arison with the Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award

Members of Miami’s Jewish community united in celebration of their diversity and belief in social justice at the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Main Event on December 13 at Carnival Center for the Performing Arts, Knight Concert Hall. The Main Event was the largest community-wide Campaign Opening in the Federation’s history, bringing together nearly 2,000 people who share a commitment to helping Jews in need, in Miami, in Israel and around the world. Those present have donated a total of $6.5 million to the 2007 Federation/UJA Campaign. Recently, the Federation was ranked among the largest charities in the U.S. by The Chronicle of Philanthropy, with revenues in excess of $70 million.

The Main Event was chaired by Donald E. Lefton, with Mojdeh and Robert Danial, Adrienne and Jeffrey Scheck, Lily and David Serviansky, Lisa Berg, Ariel Bentata, Honorable Amy N. Dean, Karen Dornbusch, Matthew Greer, Dr. Bruce Korman, Anthony Pelle, Judith Reich, Lawrence M. Schantz and Jerry Sokol serving as Vice Chairs. Prominent Miami/Israel philanthropist Shari Arison was honored with the Federation’s

Main Event Chair and Federation Past President Donald E. Lefton and his daughter, Women’s Department President Robyn C. Fisher

Friend of Israel Humanitarian Award, in recognition of her many years of outstanding support for the Jewish people in Miami and in Israel. The program concluded with a stirring performance by folk music’s legendary trio Peter, Paul and Mary, who inspired participants with messages of social responsibility and hope.

The Federation gratefully acknowledges its Corporate Sponsors for their financial support of The Main Event.

Platinum Sponsors were: The Citigroup Private Bank; The Collection; and Kornreich-NIA Insurance and Financial Services.

Gold Sponsors were: Akerman Senterfitt; Greenberg Traurig, P.A.; Kent Security Services, Inc.; Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Company; The Miami Herald; and Morrison Brown Argiz Farra & Company.

Silver Sponsors were: Bilzin Sumberg Baena Price & Axelrod LLP; Laquer Corporate Realty Group, Inc.; Sapoznik Insurance & Associates Inc.; and Stearns Weaver Miller Weissler Alhadeff & Sitterson, P.A.

Bronze Sponsor was: Meland Russin & Budwick, P.A.

Judy Adler and General Campaign Vice Chair for Major Gifts Barbara Black Goldfarb

Pearl Sponsors were: Action Video Productions; American Land Ventures; AON Risk Services, Inc.; Atlantic Hosiery; Bell Care Nurses Registry; Carlton Fields; The Continental Companies; EAP Management/KFC/Taco Bell; FMS Bonds, Inc.; Kaufman, Rossin & Company, P.A. CPAs; Perry Ellis International; Podhurst Orseck, P.A.; PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP; and TransAtlantic Bank.

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