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The Charlotte Jewish news. (Charlotte, N.C.) 19??-current, August 01, 2015, Image 1

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An Affiliate of the Jewish Federation of Greater Charlotte ' X Vol. 37, No. 7 Av-Elul 5775 August 2015 LARGEST CAMPAIGN IN JEWISH FEDERATION HISTORY Annual Giving Total = $3J62J92 as of July 13, 2015 The last pledge eame in at 11:55 PM on June 30 - five min utes to spare to seeure a $35,000 Matehing Gift from The Leon Levine Foundation and meet the largest Annual Giving Goal in the history of the Jewish Federation - $3,700,000. “The suspense was killing me, but I went to sleep. Of eourse, I was up with the birds to eheek. These last few days have been wild. They showed me we have an ineredibly eommitted team. Thank you all,” said Holly Levinson, President. In an email to the Federation Board and Campaign Leadership, Alison Lerner, 2015 Campaign Chair, said: “We reached our goal! With minutes to spare before the midnight deadline to receive the Levine Match, our Board, our Campaign Team and many of our passionate donors stepped up, made calls, made donations, and made this happen. Thank you all for your dedication, your time, your energy and your money. This Jewish Federation OF GREATER CHARLOTTE THE STRENGTH OF A PEOPLE. THE POWER OF COMMUNITY, $3,762,792 as of July 13, 2015 WAS RAISED BY 1600 donors and 183 campaign volunteers was truly a team effort and an in credibly inspiring one for me. I am grateful to be a member of this wonderful community.” Thank you to all of our gener ous donors and volimteers for their gifts of time and resources for the 2015 Campaign. We appre ciate the entire 2015 Campaign Team for its extraordinary efforts in completing, meeting and ex ceeding the 2015 campaign goal of $3,700,000. We also applaud the efforts of our 2014-2015 Board of Trustees for its leader ship and encouragement during this campaign. Special thanks go to Alison Lerner, 2015 Campaign Chair; Tracy Brown, Major Gifts Chair; Adrienne Gossett and Dale Pol- sky. Lion of Judah Co-Chairs; Jill Halverstam and Stacey Schanzlin, Pomegranate Society Co-Chairs; Zach Schwartz and Julie Sheffer, Impact 365 Co-Chairs; Marcie Ja cobs and Jeff Turk, Super Sunday Co-Chairs; Gail Baron, Risa Miller and David Van Glish, Chairs of the Campaign Teams; and Rich Osborne, Chair of Fed eration’s Create a Jewish Legacy Team. 2015 Campaign Highlights: A matching gift pool of $80,000 was secured to motivate donors to make new and increased gifts. We thank Howard Levine, The Leon Levine Foundation, Larry Schwartz, and Eric and Lori Sklut for their vision and philan thropic leadership - their match ing gifts inspired our community to reach an extraordinary goal. Other highlights include: * six new or recovered Major Donor Families ($10,000 per household) * six new or recovered Lions of Judah ($5,000 to Women’s Philan thropy) * 38 new “Create a Jewish Legacy” donors * Increased gifts outnumbered decreases 3:1. * Team competitions encour aged solicitors to complete their cards in a timely manner and to meet face- to-face with commu nity members. To learn more about how you can volunteer for the 2016 Cam paign, please contact Sue Littauer. Director of Development; or Tair Giudice, Director of Outreach and Engagement, at the Federation of fice: 704-944-6757; sue.littauer@ jewishcharlotte.org or tair.giu- dice@jewishcharlotte.org. ^ Jewish Federation OF GREATER CHARLOTTE Former Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke to Headline The Echo Foundation Annual Student Dialogue and Awards Gala Former Federal Reserve Chair man Ben Bernanke will be hon ored at The Echo Foundation 17th Annual Awards Gala with the first Levine Medal For Life on Thurs day, September 17 at the McGlo- hon Theater at Spirit Square. He will also have a dialogue that morning with area high school students - one for which they will be well prepared. More than 2,500 area students ON ‘31101NVH0 80ZI #imhJ3d aivd 3Dvisod s n aisidSdd p9}S9nb9}J 90IAJ9S oBuBqQ 9ZZ8Z ON ‘moiJeqo ZU# 9}!ns ‘PSOd aouapiAOJd 1009 will soon begin studying a cur riculum - a collection of articles, interviews, videos, study ques tions and more - created by nine high school Echo student interns with guidance from area banking professionals and university pro fessors. Student Interns are chosen each year based on their interest in the subject matter, their dedication to excellence in education, and their commitment to making a dif ference. The curriculum is available at no charge to individuals, schools, and organizations via the Echo website. The Echo Foundation chooses area students each year to build a curriculum that focuses on world humanitarians and global leaders. Dr. Paul Farmer, co-founder of Partners in Health, and Echo Hon orary Chair and Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel have been the focus of past curricula. This aca demic year, the focus is on Bernanke and the power of eco nomics to shape democracy. The 17th annual project in cludes a dialogue with some 700 students from Charlotte area pub lic, private, and home schools scheduled for September 17 at 9:30 AM at Myers Park High School. Participating students will study the curriculum to prepare for Bemanke’s visit. “The link between finance and humanitarianism may not be immediately evident,” said Stephanie Ansaldo, The Echo Foundation president. “But with out a stable economy, people suf fer. Ben Bernanke helped reduce the impact of the global financial crisis in 2008. Without his vision and leadership, the impact could have been far worse.” The students who developed the curriculum make the lessons entertaining. They get to compile the information they find interest ing. In addition to the weighty economic matters the curriculum covers, there are fun facts about Bernanke. For instance, it is sel dom reported that he won the S.C. state spelling bee when he was 11. There is also a section on per sonal financial literacy for teens, including sections on credit scores, the power of compound in terest and avoiding fraud and scams. Since 1997, some 736,000 stu dents have been exposed to Echo’s mission through its pro grams that promote fighting against indifference. Many stu dents who have participated in Echo projects have pursued ca- Ben Bernanke reers in science and medicine, the arts, education, social activism and in the nonprofit sector. Last year. Echo provided approxi mately 22,000 students with the opportunity to study its curricu lum and program materials. The Annual Echo Award Cere mony will be at 6 PM on Septem ber 17 at McGlohon Theater. Bernanke will deliver the keynote, and awards will be presented im mediately following his remarks. Bernanke will accept the inaugu ral Sandra and Leon Levine Medal For Life Award. (Continued on page 16)

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