Ruth Rales JFS Annual Gala Imagines a Night of Fantasy and Honors Michele & Larry Blair and Craig Donoff P.A.

Lois K. Solomon

Sun Sentinel

Oct 9, 2013

A truly “fantastic” evening is in store on December 12, 2013 at 6:30 pm. That’s when more than 300 prominent guests will gather at St. Andrews Country Club in Boca Raton for “Imagine… a Night of Fantasy,” the Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) Annual Gala and Auction.

“From the moment they enter the spirited cocktail reception, through dinner, entertainment and dancing, we’ll transport our guests into an incredible night to remember,” said Roxane Lipton, who is co-chairing the Gala with Wendy Legum and Jill Viner. “They’ll also be bidding for an “out of this world” array of luxury items including exquisite jewelry and fashions and sports memorabilia, as well as sports and travel packages.”

“This major yearly fundraiser enables JFS to meet rising needs for the wide array of essential programs and services on which the community has come to depend for 34 years,” said Jill Viner. “It has been an honor and privilege for me to help our community with JFS for more than 18 years. JFS supporters know we are helping provide thousands with food and financial assistance, senior and family services, counseling and mental health care, mentoring and many volunteer activities.”

“Michele and Larry Blair will receive this year’s Ruth and Norman Rales Humanitarian of the Year Award at the gala, in recognition of their extensive hands-on volunteer service and leadership,” said Wendy Legum. “Among their JFS efforts, Larry’s ten years on the Board include four as Chair. Michele has chaired JFS events, including this season’s Reflections of Hope Luncheon. Together, they have touched the lives of countless individuals.”

“We are re also excited to present the inaugural Corporate Leadership Award to Craig Donoff, P.A.,” continued Legum. “For more than 28 years, this boutique law firm focused on estate planning, trust administration and probate has proudly and passionately supported many worthy community organizations with which their clients, attorneys, and staff are actively involved. JFS is fortunate and proud to be among these causes.”

Generous Sponsors as of October 9, 2013 include Marilyn and Stan Barry, Michele and Larry Blair, Isabel and Arnie Friedman, Meryl and Ron Gallatin, Anne and Norman Jacobson, and Shirley and Barton Weisman; and Corporate Sponsors are Greenspoon Marder Law, Boca Entertainment and The Boca Raton Observer.

The cost of attending is $500 per person. For more information, visit, call (561) 852-5013 or email To learn more about JFS, visit

Ruth Rales Jewish Family Service (JFS) offers help, hope and humanity through a comprehensive range of programs and services which support people of all ages and beliefs. With locations in Boca Raton and Delray Beach, JFS programs and services include food and financial assistance, senior services, counseling and mental health services and many volunteer opportunities. Funding is provided by private and corporate support, grants, special events and individuals who reach thousands in need each year. For more information, contact (561) 852-3333 or visit

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