May 2019 -- Nisan-Iyar 5779,  Volume 25, Issue 5

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CEO Seth Diamond, COO Bernie Kimberg, and CDO Susan Lewen with WJCS Board of Directors at the WJCS 2019 Gala on April 2 at the Brae Burn Country Club

WJCS 2019 Gala:  A Record-Breaking Success

The WJCS-Westchester Jewish Community Services 2019 Gala on April 2nd was a record-breaking success, with 300+ community and business leaders and Westchester residents in attendance. Neil Sandler, founder and CEO of ClearPath Development Corporation, and Roy Stillman, Esq., President of Stillman Property Management, were honored at the event which was held at the Brae Burn Country Club in Purchase. Ben Boykin, Chairman of the Westchester Board of Legislators and Legislator Terry Clements attended.

 

Four of WJCS’ 80+ programs were featured, with clients sharing very personal and moving stories of overcoming the trauma of domestic violence, obtaining the school services needed for their child on the autism spectrum, being 101 years old and receiving geriatric care to stay safely at home with dignity rather than move into a nursing home and benefiting from language and early literacy skills so that preschool children from socio-economically challenged families are prepared to enter kindergarten ready to succeed.

 

The speakers emphasized the message of Tikkun Olam. Neil Sandler thanked attendees and asked them to continue to be part of WJCS “to help support the least secure link, and strengthen the fabric of our Westchester community.” Roy Stillman said, “WJCS is a human services organization. Underscore and boldface the word HUMAN.  The range of people who are helped by WJCS—their backgrounds, their ages, and the nature of their challenges—runs as wide a gamut as you can imagine.”

WJCS is one of the largest human service organization in Westchester County, and provides programs and services to 20,000 individuals of all ages and backgrounds each year.

 

“This year’s Gala was the most successful in WJCS’ 76-year history. With the support of our partners in government and community organizations and UJA and our other generous donors, we look forward to continuing to fulfill our mission of helping individuals in Westchester address mental health, educational, cognitive, social, geriatric, and financial challenges and shape positive futures,” said WJCS CEO Seth Diamond. “We will continue to strengthen our partnerships with synagogues, day schools, and other Jewish institutions.”