As 2018 comes to an end, we have been working tirelessly to close our Annual Campaign. I am quickly reminded of my first campaign gift, and why I have chosen to give since that initial gift over 30 years ago.

My first campaign gift occurred at a Young Adult Division program in Tampa called The Main Event. There were about 150 people in attendance. I was rather new to my volunteer involvement both with the Federation’s Young Adult Division and as a board member for the JCC. But it was crystal clear to me that Federation was an important organization, providing critical services all around the world.

Seven years later, I found myself as a featured speaker at The Main Event – the same YAD program where I made my first gift. The organization that I so passionately began supporting less than a decade prior had been there for me during one of the most difficult times in my life. The support and services I was able to receive through Jewish Family Services, which was heavily funded by the Jewish Federation in Tampa, became my beacon of light during a dark time.

I knew at that moment that the Federation helps provide services for life, and I would forever support Federation. As a Jewish communal professional now for 25 years, I get to see first-hand all of the wonderful things we do and the impact we have locally, in Israel, and around the world.

Federation means so many different things to so many people. As we prepare to close out 2018, I encourage you to think about how Federation inspires you. If you have not made your 2018 gift, you can click here to give on our website,, or call us at 937-610-1555.

As a past recipient of Federation supported services, I thank you for the positive difference you make in the lives of so many.




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