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November 6, 2015  RSS feed
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Federation opens Campaign with art and giving


The museum venue added opportunities for some levity, including posing for pictures in Dali-esque moustaches. (L-R) Young Adult Division members Taylor Eshleman, Aliza Norstein, Tamar Hayat. The museum venue added opportunities for some levity, including posing for pictures in Dali-esque moustaches. (L-R) Young Adult Division members Taylor Eshleman, Aliza Norstein, Tamar Hayat. More than 100 people helped launch the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties 2016 Annual Campaign at “The Art of Giving” event on Wednesday, Nov. 4 at the Salvador Dali Musuem in St. Petersburg.

Those in attendance enjoyed tours of the exhibits and the entertaining remarks by the featured speaker Lewis Bernstein, who has had a more than 40-year association with Sesame Workshop and its beloved television show, Sesame Street.

“This event was so festive and fun, and it was meaningful to bring together our friends in such a unique venue,” said Margot Benstock, Federation president.

The event raised more than $40,000, bringing the total fundraising amount raised by the Federation this fiscal year (since July 1) to more than $370,000 from nearly 300 gifts. This is a 2 percent increase over last year’s fundraising at this time.


Margot Bemstock, president of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, addresses the crowd of about 100 at the kick-off event for the Annual Campaign held in downtown St. Petersburg at the Salvador Dali Musuem. Margot Bemstock, president of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, addresses the crowd of about 100 at the kick-off event for the Annual Campaign held in downtown St. Petersburg at the Salvador Dali Musuem. A highlight of the event was the opportunity to tour the exhibits, including both the permanent Dali collection as well as the “Escher at the Dali” collection, featuring the works of M.C. Escher. The Federation’s major donors, who give $5,000 or more to the Annual Campaign, were treated to a docent-led tour as well.

Guests also enjoyed the “photo booth,” in which they used various props and fun moustaches in having their event photos taken.


Lewis Bernstein, executive vice president of research and education for Sesame Workshop, peppered his speech with impressions of Sesame Street characters. Bernstein has won Emmys for his work with the iconic children’s television show. Lewis Bernstein, executive vice president of research and education for Sesame Workshop, peppered his speech with impressions of Sesame Street characters. Bernstein has won Emmys for his work with the iconic children’s television show. During his presentation, Bernstein spoke about his roles with Sesame Workshop in crafting and launching Sesame Street and many of its global initiatives.

He made a particular connection between the work of Sesame Workshop and the Federation system, noting that each is charged with conveying shared values across generations.

During the course of his presentation, he also delighted guests with accurate impressions of popular Sesame Street characters, such as Count von Count and Cookie Monster.

“We are filling an important need across the community with our Federation activity and support,” said Craig Sher, a Federation donor who also spoke during the program, imploring attendees to make their commitments to the campaign that evening.

The event marked the official start for the campaign, which will be actively open until the end of March. Donors to this campaign can fulfill their commitments at anytime between now and Dec. 31, 2016. Funds committed to this campaign are used to support allocations across the community and around the globe. The Budget and Allocations committee will evaluate the allocations to be made when it meets in May.

Donors to the Campaign can make their pledge or payment online at www.jewishpinellas.org. To learn more, call (727) 333-3103.


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