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November 20, 2015  RSS feed
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Main Event planned for Dec. 1 at Ruth Eckerd Hall

The Jewish Federation’s Women’s Philanthropy organization is reviving its Main Event fundraiser this year, with the theme “Genes & Jeans” to celebrate the strength of Jewish women, educate folks on breast cancer, and bring in contributions to the Annual Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties.

The Main Event will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 6:30 in the Margarete Heye Great Room at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, with women encouraged to dress in jeans.

The featured speaker for the evening is Briana Schwarz, the Florida regional director for Sharsheret, an organization founded in 2001 by Rochelle Shoretz, four months after the 28-year-old Jewish mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.

Immersed within a close-knit Jewish community in northern New Jersey, Shoretz had many offers to help with meals and to transport her sons to after-school programs. What she really wanted, though, was to speak to another young mom like herself who was going to have to explain to her children that she was going to lose her hair to chemotherapy, and what it would be like to prepare for the High Holidays knowing she was facing a life-threatening illness.

Though her grandmother had died of the disease, cancer was a taboo subject, still not discussed within her family and, she soon recognized, within the Jewish community at large. Since its founding, Sharsheret has responded to more than 45,000 breast cancer and ovarian cancer inquiries, involved more than 4,300 peer supporters, developed 12 national support and education programs, and presented more than 250 educational programs nationwide.

The event will also feature Tatiana Baccari, an actor, writer, and recent graduate of NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where she received her bachelor’s degree in drama with a minor in child and adolescent mental health. Baccari, who grew up in Pinellas County, will perform an excerpt from a play she wrote revolving around various perspectives of the BRCA gene mutation. The working title for the play is Ghost Player.

The Main Event was a tradition of Women’s Philanthropy for many years. Past Federation board member Sally Laufer was instrumental in bringing back the Main Event and including the topic of breast cancer. Laufer said she heard Shoretz, speak at a Lion of Judah Conference a couple of years ago. “She created this amazing Jewish non-profit for Jewish women dealing with cancer,” said Laufer, who is co-chair of the Main Event with Jody Sherman.

This event is specifically a “campaign event” where the Federation asks that each guest in attendance give a minimum gift of $118 separate from the $36 entrance and dinner cost.

Tickets can be purchased on the Federation website, www.jewishpinellas.org.


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