CONTINUING THE GROWTH: 
JCC OF MID-WESTCHESTER HOSTS A GALA TO REMEMBER

Scarsdale, NY - The JCC of Mid-Westchester celebrated distinguished Board member Karen Spar Kasner's role in revitalizing the agency, and presented a Community Service Award to Assemblywoman Amy Paulin (D-Scarsdale) at its "Continuing the Growth" Gala at Old Oaks Country Club in Purchase, NY, on May 2nd.

The event paid a special tribute to Kasner for her work, talent, dedication and support in spearheading the growth and revitalization of JCC over the past 20 months. Kasner gave special thanks to Gala Co-Chairs Marcy Vinder and Loren Gilberg, both of Scarsdale, and to others who have worked to boost the JCC's role as the vibrant and relevant community center it is destined to be.

The evening raised more than $180,000 for the agency, according to Co-President of the Board Peter Rothschild. One of the highlights of the evening was the unveiling of plans for the Karen Spar Kasner Play Center, established by funding from Kasner's family and friends, which will replace the existing outdoor playground at the JCC. The playground is used by the JCC's two pre-schools, the Nursery School and the Toward Tomorrow pre-school for children with development needs. Proceeds from the event will go to more programming and meaningful community events, as well as continuing the growth of the JCC. 

"With the experienced leadership of Karen Spar Kasner, and the new direction set by our new professional leader Karen Kolodny, who has come to us from the 92nd Street Y with a number of initiatives to be announced this year, this promises to be one of our best years ever," said Board Co-President Ophira Cukierman.

Gala 2013 At the JCC of Mid-Westchester Gala on May 2nd, JCC Board Co-President Peter Rothschild (at left) unveiled plans for a new Karen Spar Kasner Play Center, to replace the existing playground at the JCC's pre-school. The new Play Center will be built as a tribute to Ms. Kasner (pictured third from left) for her dedication and support in spearheading the growth and revitalization of the JCC over the past 20 months. Also pictured: JCC Executive Director Karen Kolodny, JCC Board Co-President Ophira Cukierman, and Gala Co-Chairs Loren Gilberg and Marcy Vinder, all of Scarsdale.
Gala 2013 At the JCC of Mid-Westchester's Annual Gala on May 2, supporters of the community center celebrated distinguished JCC Board member Karen Spar Kasner's role in revitalizing the agency. Among those present were (pictured left to right) Melissa Brown Eisenberg, Ophira Cukierman, Nikki Rosee, Liz DeRobertis, Yael Wepman, Jessica Anthony, Kimberly Frankel, Andrea Miller, Stephanie Kirwan, Meredith Kent; all of Scarsdale.
Gala 2013 At the JCC of Mid-Westchester Gala on May 2nd, UJA-Federation Executives and Board Members joined JCC of Mid-Westchester representatives and other dignitaries to pay tribute to Karen Spar Kasner (pictured at center) for her dedication and support in spearheading the growth and revitalization of the JCC over the past 20 months.
Pictured from left: UJA-Federation of NY Chair of Planned Giving and Endowment Wayne Goldstein, UJA-Federation of NY General Campaign Co-Chair Jeffrey M. Stern, UJA-Federation of NY Chair of Women's Philanthropy Karen S.W. Friedman, UJA-Federation Westchester Regional Chair Pam Wexler, UJA-Federation of NY Executive Committee At-Large member Linda Mirels, UJA-Federation and JCC Board member Karen Spar Kasner, UJA-Federation of NY President Jerry W. Levin, JCC Executive Director Karen Kolodny, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino, and JCC Board Co-President Ophira Cukierman.

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