Kicking off the Shames JCC’s “90 days for their 90th” anniversary will be the Roaring 20’s Gala and Auction on Saturday, April 6 with cocktails, dinner and dancing to live music of the era. The event will honor Jamie and Beth Geiger, Nancy Lonky, Susan Tolchin and Allen Halpern, all of whom were instrumental in the agency’s growth. Auction items include free air travel, weekends away, entertainment tickets, restaurants, beauty services and decorative items. Proceeds of the event will go to children’s programs, special needs and scholarships
April 7th begins the Anniversary Fitness Challenge for members 14 and up. For 90 days, ending on June 6, participants must complete 90 minutes a week of swimming, sports, exercise classes or fitness in any combination. Members must pre-register to start and will receive a binder to track their workouts. Those who complete the challenge will be rewarded.
That same month, all the children in the Almost Home Program will make 90 hamsas with their own hands to create a banner that will hang in the lobby, and the children in the Early Childhood Program will be planting 90 flowers and vegetables in the Shames edible garden.
There will be a community-wide Lot Party on May 11, in the Shames parking lot where food trucks, drinks and dancing will be joined by a beer pong tournament and other games. Also that month, members and non-members can enjoy a special 90 minute Zumba and hip-hop class in the fitness center.
For the 90 day duration, swimmers can take advantage of a reduced price, $90 for two private 30-minute lessons. And, the Shames Music School is offering three private music lessons discounted at $90.
The special needs program for individuals on the autism spectrum or with related developmental challenges will have a 90th birthday party, and teens in the youth program will be interviewing members to get 90 reasons why they joined the J.
Festivities conclude on Father’s Day, June 16, where all families are invited to enjoy the Shames Free Community Fun day where they can try out circus arts and other activities, games and food. Visit shamesjcc.org