March 11th phones across Colorado rang during Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado’s (Federation) annual phone-a-thon, Super Sunday. In addition to the traditional calling sessions, Federation offered a special bonus to the agency that closed the most donors during Super Sunday and Monday. This added incentive brought many local agencies and their devoted staff and volunteers out to the event and heightened the excitement in the room. It was with gusto and enthusiasm that the winner of this bonus, Denver Academy of Torah (DAT), closed 104 donors during the calling! Congratulations DAT!
The Denver Academy of Torah community is passionate about Jewish day school education and about Jewish community in general,” said Rachel Rabinovitch, President of Denver Academy of Torah. “We were thrilled to work together as a team on Super Sunday (and Super Monday) in support of the Allied Jewish Federation and the wider Jewish community! It was not only rewarding, but a lot of fun.”
More than 40 teenagers from BBYO joined the calling in the afternoon on Sunday. Their enthusiasm was infectious and really got the room charged up. Robyn Loup, Co-Chair of Super Sunday said,
Bob and I loved making calls with the BBYO teens. It was such a joy with their positive energy, sincerity and fun attitudes! Super Sunday, as a whole, had great energy and was well executed by staff and lay leadership.”
In the evening, the young adults took over and during their “Smile and Dial Happy Hour,” made an incredible amount of phone calls and assisted the Federation to meet the goals. The different organizations, passionate about their fields, were able to put a human voice behind the work Federation supports.
There were over 230 volunteers present and many represented these agencies: BBYO, DAT, Kabbalah Experience, Jewish Experience Teens, Yeshiva Toras Chaim, Hillel of Colorado students, JConnect—Hebrew Educational Alliance, Chabad of Colorado, CAJE, Denver Jewish Day School, Robert E. Loup JCC, B’nai Akiva, Allied Jewish Senior Apartments, Anti-Defamation League, Stepping Stones, Keshet—GLBT, BMH-BJ, and Colorado Hebrew Chorale.
Overall, Super Sunday was able to raise over $250,000 from over 530 donors! But Federation is not stopping there. Federation staff and dedicated volunteers will continue to contact members of our community in the hope of ending the 2012 Annual Campaign on a high note.
Super Sunday is an incredible momentum builder in the middle of the campaign year,” said Amy Toltz-Miller, Federation’s Annual Campaign Chair. “We did amazing work around the JFNA General Assembly and now we are bringing the community back together to close the Campaign with flair.”
Federation is hoping to increase donations in the non-restricted/allocable category. The Flagship Fund is the cornerstone, enabling Federation to assist local agencies to complete their fundraising goals for critical community programs and services. Additionally, it funds Federation programming like the Young Adult Department (YAD), the legislative arm of Federation – Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), and communal events like Federation’s upcoming Israel Memorial Day event, Yom Ha’Zikaron.
Federation would like to thank all of the dedicated donors who have given in the 2012 campaign but there is still time to get your donation in! Go to AJFColorado.org for more details.