Fundraiser ‘The Faces of JFS’ Raises Nearly $375,000

DENVER, CO — Jewish Family Service of Colorado (JFS) raised nearly $375,000 (net) at its fundraiser, The Faces of JFS 2017 Winter Soirée, on December 14, when Gay Curtiss-Lusher and Sam Zaitz were honored at the Grand Hyatt Denver. More than 350 people attended this event, which celebrated the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. 

Everyone enjoyed the festive party, complete with cocktails, international food stations and passed hors d’oeuvres, a photo opportunity from A Custom Look, and upbeat entertainment by Spinphony. After an hour of mingling, guests took their seats for a brief program. Co-chairs Ben Lusher and Stephanie Zaitz welcomed everyone and thanked event sponsors and the committee. JFS president and CEO Shepard Nevel shared more about the agency, who it serves, and what is planned for 2018.

Board chair Charlie Gwirtsman and vice chair Leanna Harris then took the stage to present Sam Zaitz with the inaugural Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award and Gay Curtiss-Lusher with the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award. The honorees graciously received their awards to much applause and standing ovations as they were recognized for their outstanding work in the community on behalf of JFS.

The audience was moved and inspired by a live portrayal of three JFS clients by professional actors, who showed each person’s life before JFS and after. The actors were then joined on stage by the actual clients, who were met with tears, applause, and another standing ovation.

Event co-chairs were Barry Curtiss-Lusher, Stephanie Zaitz, Ben Lusher, and Jeremy Abelson. The committee included Jonathan Alpert, Bo Brownstein, Shell and Lisa Cook, Joe Curtiss-Lusher, Lee and Barbara Davis, Brad Farber, Ken and Sheryl Feiler, Jeffrey Feldman, David Friedman, David Goldberg, Sheryl Goodman, Lola Farber Grueskin, Marty and Marie Herzog, David Ickovic, Matt Joblon, Gary Kleiman and Elisa Moran, Robert and Kathleen Klugman, Bradley Levin and Patti Robinson, Jonathan Marsico, Andrew and Julie McQuade, Kathy Neustadt, Aviva Pearlman, Melinda Quiat, Jordan Robbins, James and Debbie Shpall, Kacie and Daniel Sturman, Yana Vishnitsky, and Matt Weiss.

A complete sponsor list can be found here.

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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