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October 6, 2017  RSS feed
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October fundraisers aim to be ‘super’ campaign ‘catalyst’

The Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties will hold its annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on Sunday, Oct. 29, a day after a new event, Catalyst 2018, will offer attendees the first opportunity to donate to the 2018 Annual Campaign.

Super Sunday and several more days of fundraising follows. Each night of the week a different group of volunteers from the Federation’s societies representing various constituencies such as Maimonides (healthcare professionals) and YAD (Young Adult Division) will lead the fundraising activities.

Annual Campaign funds support community-wide Jewish programming sponsored by the Federation, partner agencies, and synagogues as well as supporting the ever-changing needs of the global Jewish community, including specific programs in Israel.

“Accelerating our campaign in the way we’ve done for the past two years allows us to focus on the other community-building support Federation pursues within our Jewish community,” explained Elana Gootson, Federation’s director of Philanthropy and Collaborative Entrepreneurship.

As in past years, Super Sunday will be held at Superior Uniform Group’s facility in Seminole. Superior Uniform Group’s CEO, Michael Benstock, lends the company’s large cafeteria and call center to the Federation.

Toni and John Rinde, the Super Sunday chairs, explained, “Super Sunday is a longstanding Federation tradition. If you haven’t seen it or participated, you should come out and join us – the energy is amazing and it’s a lot of fun.”

During Super Sunday, dozens of volunteers will be on the phones raising thousands of dollars in donations in a few short hours. Young Adults who are part of the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (JLTI) and Fed Fellows program will be on hand securing campaign commitments while teens will be onsite working on a service project.

Beginning at noon on Sunday at the site, 10055 Seminole Blvd., there also will be be family and children’s activities such as PJ Library storytime plus kosher food for everyone to enjoy

Volunteers are needed to help in planning Super Sunday activities, make calls, write thank-you notes, and cheer on the campaign team.

“Super Sunday can be such a fun day of community service, for callers, general volunteers, families, and kids,” said Federation Executive Director Emilie Socash. “It’s a day of tzedakah and connection to our global community that resonates with all ages and really exemplifies what Federation is all about. This will be my 13th Super Sunday, and I’m hoping the community will help me celebrate appropriately by making and taking calls.”

Organizers urge all community members to answer the call – even if you don’t recognize the phone number – to do your part in supporting Super Sunday, the local Jewish community and Jewry worldwide.

Super Sunday is not just a local happening, but a national initiative of the Jewish Federations of North America seeking to reach donors on a single day to confirm their support of the 2018 fundraising efforts.

The rest of the country typically conducts Super Sunday on the first Sunday after the Super Bowl. On that day in 2018, the Pinellas/ Pasco Federation instead will once again hold a “Thank-a-thon.” Teen and Fed Fellow volunteers will call donors just to say, “thank you.”

Those interested in volunteering should contact Gootson at (727) 530-3223 or email To make your donation prior to Super Sunday visit

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