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315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org JCC throws biggest and most successful Annual Meeting & Gala The most people in attendance. The most donors. The most amount of money raised. And the feeling you get following a successful event… priceless. Those were the takeaways from the Sam Pomeranz Jewish Community Center’s 154th Annual Meeting & Gala held on Sunday, June 4, at Owera Vineyards in Cazenovia. Over 230 supporters came out to celebrate the JCC of Syracuse and help honor its award recipients for all that they’ve done for the JCC and the community. “The wonderful show of support that our gala received this year was truly phenomenal,” said JCC of Syracuse Executive Director Marci Erlebacher. “It was so touching to celebrate another fantastic lineup of honorees and their selfless accomplishments. After all that the JCC has been through at the start of this year, we are humbled by the outpouring of generosity from our sponsors, donors and guests for this year’s event.” The Wladis Companies was recognized as this year’s JCC gala naming sponsor. Accepting the special recognition was Steve Wladis (center) pictured with JCC Executive Director Marci Erlebacher and JCC Board President Steven Sisskind. Photos by Jerry Klineberg From left, Ellen and Howard Weinstein address the gala’s attendees upon accepting the JCC’s Kovod Gadol Award. This year’s gala theme, “Flavors of the Mediterranean,” was artfully executed in the Va’ad supervised brunch catered by the JCC’s Chef Donna Carullo. Following a brief JCC board of director’s business meeting, it was time to put the spotlight on those being recognized. A total of six awards were to be presented this year, although five were ultimately handed out. Robert and Diane Miron, long-time supporters of both the JCC and the local Jewish community, and one of this year’s Hall of Fame Award recipients, were unable to attend the gala because of Robert’s recent illness. Fortunately, he’s doing well now and making a good recovery. Stay tuned for a future date to honor the Mirons and present their award. Before the awards were given, two special JCC donors were acknowledged for their particularly kind generosity recently. The Wladis Companies, represented by Steve Wladis, was recognized as this year’s gala naming sponsor. The Wladis Companies have been solid supporters of the JCC’s Annual Meeting & Gala for many years. Next, Joe and Lynne Romano were presented with a special plaque recognizing their significant JCC contribution, which Kovod Award recipient Amy Sumida (center) is flanked by JCC Executive Director Marci Erlebacher and Board President Steven Sisskind. “The Leslie” Award, which is named after Leslie London Neulander, was presented to Todd Pinsky (pictured second from right) this year. Also pictured, from left, is JCC Board President Steven Sisskind, Todd’s wife Sarah and JCC Executive Director Marci Erlebacher. resulted in the renaming of the JCC’s summer camp to the JCC Camp Joe and Lynne Romano (see page 9). The Romanos, of the longtime local business Romano Motors, have been very generous with their support for the JCC and throughout the local community. The first award given, the Kovod Award, which signifies honor and importance, was presented to Amy Sumida. A JCC board member for the past five years, Sumida has served on the gala committee in 2012 and then as committee co-chair from 2013–2016. She has also been active in many local organizations such as the Junior League of Syracuse, Meals on Wheels and Person to Person Citizen Advocacy. Sumida and her husband Aaron reside in Jamesville with their children Amanda, Andrea and AJ. Next up was the Kovod Gadol Award presented to Howard and Ellen Weinstein. This is the JCC’s highest honor which in Hebrew translates to great honor. The Weinstein’s have been involved with the JCC of Syracuse for nearly four decades. Howard M. Weinstein, MD, was a JCC board member in the late 1990s and then rejoined the board in 2012 as a vice president and executive committee member. Ellen S. Weinstein, Esq., is a former JCC of Syracuse board member. Howard is a practicing physician at Upstate University Hospital’s Community Campus and also the hospital’s division > See “JCC Gala” on page 11 8 JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide
315-445-2360 | www.jccsyr.org Another awesome summer camp season at the JCC The JCC has once again wrapped up another successful eight-week summer day camp season. Hundreds of campers ranging in age from infants to school-age children to teens came out to the JCC’s Camp Joe and Lynne Romano June 26 – Aug. 18 for lots of summertime fun. “Summer camp was a huge success again this year,” said Mick Hagan, director of children & teen services and camps. “We had a great group of kids join us. The enthusiasm and excitement each day was awesome. Kudos to our camp counselors for making everything run so smoothly and creating some great times for our campers.” From arts and crafts, swimming and sports to field trips and more, there was more than enough fun and excitement to go around for all JCC campers. “Summer camp at the JCC is all about the children,” said Hagan. “There’s nothing else like it around here. We focus on the kids to make each day a fun and safe experience, and create wonderful memories that will last a lifetime.” JCC summer camp receives naming gift The JCC of Syracuse recently received a generous naming gift for its summer camp. The significant donation from Joe and Lynne Romano, founders of the Romano Auto Group, has prompted the renaming of the JCC’s summer camp to the JCC Camp Joe and Lynne Romano. The new name was announced at the JCC’s Annual Meeting & Gala on June 4. “We are incredibly appreciative of the Romano’s very generous gift to benefit our summer camp program,” said Marci Erlebacher, JCC of Syracuse executive director. “This naming is ushering in an exciting new era for our summer camp and will help extend the Romano’s legacy of selfless support and generosity throughout our community.” The JCC’s Camp Joe and Lynne Romano summer day camp serves hundreds of children each year ages 6 weeks through tenth grade. “We feel that it is necessary to support the JCC to ensure the future of this community center for our children, grandchildren and generations to come,” said Lynne Romano. From left, Lynne Romano, JCC of Syracuse Executive Director Marci Erlebacher and Joe Romano at the JCC’s 2017 Annual Meeting & Gala on June 4. The Romanos were recognized for their generous naming contribution for the JCC’s summer camp to become JCC Camp Joe and Lynne Romano. JCC of Syracuse | 2017 Fall Program Guide 9