JFS to Honor Retiring CEO Yana Vishnitsky at Gala Fundraiser

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) will honor its president and CEO, Yana Vishnitsky at “Yana! A Farewell Celebration” on Saturday, December 10, 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Denver at the Colorado Convention Center.  The event will pay tribute to Vishnitsky’s immeasurable contributions to JFS over the last 38 years and commemorate her retirement. The gala celebration will include cocktails, entertainment, dinner, and dancing and will take the place of the agency’s annual winter fundraiser, “Real Hope,” this year.

Tickets are $350 and sponsorship packages start at $2,000. For more information and to purchase tickets or sponsorships, http://www.jewishfamilyservice.org/Yana or contact Lisa Benoit at 720.248.4633 or lbenoit@jewishfamilyservice.org.

The event committee is led by cochairs Andrew Miller and Geri and Meyer Saltzman, and honorary chairs Diana Anderson, serving in memory of Joyce and Kal Zeff; Max and Elaine Appel; Norman Brownstein; and A. Barry and Arlene Hirschfeld. The full 80-person committee list is available at http://www.jewishfamilyservice.org/Yana

About Yana Vishnitsky                                                                                                                   
Celebrating a 38-Year Legacy of Leadership and Service

Yana Vishnitsky. Photo by Photography by Avital.
Yana Vishnitsky; photo by Photography by Avital.

Yana Vishnitsky came to America in 1978 to start a new life with her husband and four-year-old son. She fled Soviet Russia and an oppressive regime that persecuted Jews. She was resettled by Jewish Family Service, the same agency that she would eventually lead.

Vishnitsky was first hired as a JFS translator to help with the influx of Russian refugees to Denver. She returned to school and earned an undergraduate degree in social work from Colorado State University. She then attended Smith College and earned a graduate degree in 1988. Vishnitsky completed her postgraduate training at the Denver Institute of Psychoanalysis and became a highly regarded psychotherapist. She served as director of the Russian Resettlement department and associate executive director of JFS before becoming president and CEO in 2000.

Vishnitsky was the driving force behind two capital campaigns for the acquisition of the Tamarac headquarters building and the SHALOM Denver facility, which paved the way for the expansion of services and the agency’s remarkable growth. Under her guidance, JFS launched several innovative new programs that continue to transform thousands of people’s lives and have made JFS a premier human services agency serving  the Denver and Boulder communities.

Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) believes in strengthening the community by providing vital services to people in need.  Every day, JFS helps people overcome life’s challenges to live fuller, more meaningful lives.  Founded in 1872, JFS is a nonsectarian, nonprofit human services agency serving metro Denver and Boulder. JFS helps seniors live independently at home, provides quality mental health counseling, offers training and job placement to those with intellectual and developmental disabilities and other barriers to employment, and provides food and financial aid to people in crisis. Every year, the agency benefits nearly 25,000 people of all ages, faiths, incomes, and abilities. For more information, call 303.597.5000 or visit www.jewishfamilyservice.org. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

About Jewish Family Service

Founded 150 years ago, we currently offer more than 30 programs and services, including food security, housing stability, mental health counseling, aging care, employment support, and disability services. JFS takes a holistic approach, assessing the various needs of the individual or family and provides the appropriate services all from one organization.

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