Celebration of Caring 2017

Thank you to our Sponsors, Donors and ALL of our Guests!

You made our 8th Annual Celebration of Caring a truly wonderful event! We hope that you found it to be both inspiring and informative.

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With your help, we raised awareness about the devastating effect that mental illness has on our families and our community. We appreciate all of our speaker’s who delivered messages of hope and healing.

Thanks to your generosity, our exceptional clinical and program staff are able to provide expert and compassionate therapy and support services to thousands of children, teens, families and seniors from all walks of life regardless of faith, ethnicity, race, age, gender or ability to pay.

Your generous support also allows JFCS to offer responsive community-based services and programs such as therapeutic counseling to firefighters and public safety responders and their families; support workshops for community members who experienced stress and emotional trauma after the recent bomb threats at the JCC; and over 200 kosher meal baskets to food-insecure families during the Jewish holidays.

Incoming JFCS Board Chair Barbara Befferman Danes and JFCS CEO Carlos Hernandez present Honoree Kathryn Unger with a gift after her presentation at the 8th Annual Celebration of Caring on April 23, 2017.

Our Honoree: Kathryn Unger

Kathryn Unger

Please join us in honoring Kathryn Unger for her community leadership, and more than two decades of support for JFCS of Southern Arizona. With a passion for “Tikkun Olam” (repairing the world) and “Tzedakah” (acts of kindness and justice), Kathy has selflessly dedicated her time and energy to support Jewish organizations, and the under-served diverse populations of our community. She is the Past Chair of the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona Board of Directors, and has served on the Boards of Directors of JFCS of Southern Arizona and the Jewish Community Foundation of Southern Arizona.

Our Speaker: David Gregory

David Gregory

Over the last 25 years, David Gregory’s career in journalism has taken him across the country and around the world. He is a CNN political analyst, and host of his podcast which features interviews with newsmakers and thought leaders. In addition to his avid investigation of politics and world affairs, in his book, “How’s Your Faith? An Unlikely Spiritual Journey,” he writes about his life and quest to deepen his faith. During his 20 years at NBC News, David served as the moderator of Meet the Press for six years, and was chief White House correspondent during the presidency of George W. Bush.

Our Steering Committee

Barbara Befferman Danes
Heather Caine, Chair
Fred Fruchthendler
Carole Levi
Eric Mellan
Jill Rosenzweig
Betty Anne Sarver
Liz Weiner-Schulman

Special thanks to Violet Kasser-Pirzadeh for the artwork used in our 2017 invitation.