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February 26, 2016  RSS feed
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Super Sunday


Janet Applefield, Linda Diamond and Eric Fader preparing bags for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service food drive. Janet Applefield, Linda Diamond and Eric Fader preparing bags for Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Service food drive. With a special focus on getting pledges from those who have never donated to the Annual Campaign for the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, the organization’s Super Sunday phone solicitation event on Feb. 21 brought good results.

Not only did the amount raised by all calls that day exceed $53,000 from 183 donors, but Federation officials were pleased that 43 of those donors were making first-time pledges, representing 23 percent of those giving on Super Sunday.

Another point of emphasis for callers was to seek increased pledges from those who have made donations in the past. Those results were good as well, Federation officials said. Of the money pledged on Super Sunday, about $5,500 represented funds from new donors or from increased dollars pledged.


Joel Goetz of Jo-El’s Kosher Deli, Market & Café, serve hot dogs to participants from the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (L-R) Geoffrey Gluck, Jonathan Singer, Benjamin Kauffman, Steve Kenny, Stephan Babjak. Joel Goetz of Jo-El’s Kosher Deli, Market & Café, serve hot dogs to participants from the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (L-R) Geoffrey Gluck, Jonathan Singer, Benjamin Kauffman, Steve Kenny, Stephan Babjak. New donors not only made pledges on Super Sunday, but from the campaign kickoff last fall through Feb. 25, $65,000 in pledges has come from new donors and 19 percent of those who made donations in the past upped their pledges this year.

As of Feb. 25, a total of $808,765 had been pledged from 995 donors. Adding grant funds to the Annual Campaign effort brings the total to $891,796 as of Friday, Feb. 26. The goal for the campaign is $1 million.

“I loved how diverse the participants in Super Sunday were this year; there were children, teens, young adults and new faces,” said Toni Rinde the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign chair.

Joel Goetz, owner of Jo-el’s Kosher Deli, Market and Café brought a hot dog cart to provide kosher hot dogs for the kids in addition to the deli sandwiches they have donated for more than 20 years.


Kids participate in MakeTime Lego building program during Super Sunday. Kids participate in MakeTime Lego building program during Super Sunday. “As of this time last year, our campaign had raised $670,000 from 959 donors. Our leadership team and I believe that the significant difference is due to the increased confidence in the role of the Federation in our community and the service-oriented approach we’ve taken to supporting the entire community,” said Elana Gootson, director of development for the Federation.

“It was such a nice day outside and a fun event for everyone who came out” said Lewis Kroll, Super Sunday chair. “The teens were awesome. Next year I hope to have even more people join us.”

Teens from Temple B’nai Israel and Hillel students from Eckerd College also came out to make phone calls.


(L-R) Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, and Karen Reich, immediate past president of the Federation. (L-R) Emilie Socash, executive director of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties, and Karen Reich, immediate past president of the Federation. “We’re on target to surpass last year’s campaign total within the next few days,” noted Emilie Socash, Federation executive director. The 2015 campaign raised $847,771 from 1,241 donors. “This is a tremendous positive shift for our community.”



Yali Maisel and daughter Daniela won the iPad in a drawing among volunteers. Yali Maisel and daughter Daniela won the iPad in a drawing among volunteers.

Teens training to make Super Sunday calls. They could choose to help with the special Super Sunday MakeTime Lego program or call potential donors. Teens training to make Super Sunday calls. They could choose to help with the special Super Sunday MakeTime Lego program or call potential donors.

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