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January 27, 2017  RSS feed
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Day planned to celebrate, thank donors

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties will replace its typical February Super Sunday phone-a-thon with its first Thanka thon, to show appreciation to donors and community members who have participated in the organization’s success.

The celebration will take place on Sunday, Feb. 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Federation’s office complex, 13191 Starkey Road, Suite 8, in Largo, and there will be activities for all ages.

Everyone is invited to come out and say hello to the Federation staff and board leadership. Lunch will be provided.

Games and other activities for children will feature face painting, a bounce house and lots of Lego fun.

“If you haven’t visited the Federation offices before, this is a great opportunity to come out and celebrate all of the shared success our Jewish community is having, coming together and creating new opportunities for everyone to find their place to be Jewish,” noted Elana Gootson, the Federation director of Philanthropy and Social Entrepreneurship.

The Thank-a-ton is part of a new Federation Annual Campaign strategy. Instead of holding Super Sunday shortly after the Super Bowl, the Federation decided to hold the annual phone-a-thon on Nov. 6, raising more than $100,000 toward its $1.1 million goal.

Emilie Socash, Federation executive director explained the reasoning. “This year we wanted to shorten the annual campaign time frame to span Nov. 1 to approximately Passover [April 10-18], instead of allowing the campaign to be open all year round as it had been in recent years. This will free up our volunteers and staff to take on new projects and programs throughout the rest of the year that make an impact across the community.”

While volunteers won’t be on the phones asking for donations, the Thank-a-thon will feature some phone calls to community members. Teens who have received scholarships to attend camp or travel to Israel and young adults who are “Fed Fellows” traveling to Israel this summer on a Federation-sponsored mission, as well as many other enthusiastic volunteers, will be calling donors to express their gratitude for their contributions this year.

In order to have enough lunch and activity resources, RSVP by calling (727) 530-3223 or emailing

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