DENVER, Colorado – (August 7, 2014)— JEWISHcolorado, (formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado) recently announced that three community members will receive awards at the 2014 Annual Meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 27 at 7:00 p.m. at Infinity Park Event Center.
This year’s award recipients are:
- Seth Wong – Ruth & Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award
- Cintra Pollack – Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award
- Lisa Engbar – Volunteer of the Year Award
These award recipients have demonstrated a commitment to JEWISHcolorado and the broader Jewish community, as well as the ability to bring constituents together for committees, programs and events in an effort to make a lasting difference.
This year’s Annual Meeting will also recognize Nancy Gart and Ruth Malman, outgoing Board Co-Chairs, and Amy Toltz-Miller, outgoing Development Chair and incoming Board Chair. Gart, Malman, and Toltz-Miller have served as the volunteer leadership of JEWISHcolorado for the past three years. They have successfully led the organization through a strategic change process known as Reimagining and have helped to position it favorably for the future.
Ruth & Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award
Seth Wong will receive the Ruth & Warren Toltz Young Leadership Award. This award was established almost two decades ago by Ruth & Warren Toltz, longstanding community pillars, in order to annually recognize a young adult male who has demonstrated extraordinary service and leadership in the Denver Jewish community. Wong currently Chairs JEWISHcolorado’s YAD (Young Adult Department) Program, which aims to engage individuals in their 20’s and 30’s in Jewish life through robust programming, philanthropy, and leadership development opportunities. Wong is a newly-elected member of JEWISHcolorado’s Board of Directors and is an active member of the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) National Young Leadership Cabinet. He was also recently selected as a member of the Denver/Boulder 2014 Wexner Heritage Program. Wong is an alumnus of the inaugural Rose Community Foundation Roots and Branches cohort as well as the inaugural Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce Impact Denver Civic Leadership Program. He is a founding member of WeDid, a local giving group spawned from Impact Denver. In addition, he is an active member of the Choice Affairs Committee and a Chair of the “Not Your Mama’s Planned Parenthood” event. Wong is President of Industrial Laboratories, a third party food and drug-testing laboratory located in Wheat Ridge, Colorado. He grew up in Boulder and attended George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award
Cintra Pollack will be honored with the Charlotte B. Tucker Young Leadership Award. This award is the legacy of community philanthropist Charlotte B. Tucker, of blessed memory. It is annually presented to a young adult female who has also demonstrated exemplary service and leadership capability in the Denver Jewish community. Pollack currently serves on both JEWISHcolorado’s Board of Directors and Investment Committee. She is a member of the National Young Leadership Cabinet (NYLC) of JFNA, where she has held several leadership positions. These include NYLC Planned Giving and Endowment Co-Chair, NYLC Joint Distribution Committee Co-Chair, and NYLC Ben Gurion Society Task Force Co-Chair. Pollack will also be a part of the newest Denver Wexner Heritage Fellowship class. In addition, she sits on the board of UrgentRx, an American pharmaceutical manufacturer. A Denver native, Pollack has worked as an editor and as an information architect/web developer at Amazon.com. She has also served as a hedge fund equity analyst in Boston. Pollack returned to Colorado in 2009 to run a family office, where she currently manages a portfolio of investments as well as the Singer Family Foundation. Pollack has a degree in English from Davidson College and an MBA from the University of Washington.
Volunteer of the Year Award
The Volunteer of the Year Award honors someone who has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to furthering the mission of JEWISHcolorado. Lisa Engbar has been involved with JEWISHcolorado for more than eight years. She has served on the Allocations Task Force and Chaired the former Jewish Resource Center Board. Engbar now Chairs JEWISHcolorado’s Planning and Grant Making Committee and is a member of JEWISHcolorado’s Board of Directors. Engbar played an integral role over the last year in helping JEWISHcolorado transition from annual Allocations in support of local agencies to a more strategic grant making model. She works closely with both volunteer and professional leadership to understand the needs of the community and to identify opportunities for collaboration and synergy. Engbar is an active participant on the Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC), serving as both the BMH-BJ representative and the Denver Jewish Day School representative. She represents JEWISHcolorado on the CAJE Board of Directors and has served on the Board of Congregation BMH-BJ for the last six years. She is also a newly-elected member of the 2014 Wexner Heritage class. In addition, Engbar has held various volunteer positions with Denver Jewish Day School and Jewish Family Service. A renal social worker for Davita, Inc., Engbar graduated from Arizona State University and holds an MSW from St. Louis University.
“The entire community is invited to join us in recognizing these individuals as well as JEWISHcolorado’s outgoing and incoming leadership,” said Doug Seserman, JEWISHcolorado President and CEO. “In their own unique way, all of our honorees have made significant contributions to our community. They serve as excellent leadership role models for the rest of us.”
In addition to the presentation of awards, the 2014 Annual Meeting will take a look back at the organization’s first year operating as JEWISHcolorado, the impact it has made, and its plan for the future.
Founded in 1946, JEWISHcolorado, formerly known as Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado, is the umbrella community organization inspired by the collective responsibility to build and sustain Jewish life in Colorado, Israel, and around the world. Its mission is to secure, steward, and share philanthropic and human resources in support of vibrant Jewish life and to mobilize the community in times of need. JEWISHcolorado is a proud member of the Jewish Federations of North America, which is among the top ten charities on the continent working together to protect and enhance the well-being of Jews worldwide. JEWISHcolorado raises and distributes funds in support of a wide variety of programs and partner organizations both locally and globally. Last year, JEWISHcolorado’s Annual Campaign raised $10.7 million and the Endowment and Planned Giving arm houses more than $50 million in long term assets for individuals, agencies and synagogues in the community. For more information, visit www.JEWISHcolorado.org