With fully booked first and second calling shifts and increased corporate participation, organizers at the Jewish Federation of Monmouth County are gearing up for what they expect will be a successful Super Sunday 2010.
The Dec. 6 phonathon, a major fund-raiser for the federation’s annual campaign, will be held at the Ruth Hyman JCC in Deal. Proceeds will benefit the federation’s annual campaign, which responds to the needs of Jews both locally and in Israel, offers food and companionship for the poor and elderly, provides youth educational experiences, and advocates for Jews around the world.
In addition to making calls for federation, volunteers will assist the effort in other ways — including by bringing with them men’s winter clothing items — particularly hats and gloves — for donation to the Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Monmouth County.
The phonathon raised approximately $350,000 last year, according to Evan Levitt, the federation’s director of financial resource development. The first two calling shifts this year are already fully staffed; the federation is still seeking volunteers, including members of synagogue youth groups — whose congregations get to keep 50 percent of any increased donations or new donations that the teens solicit — to make calls during the 5-8:30 p.m. shift.
Super Sunday cochairs are Andy Krantz and Cheryl Markbreiter, both of Wayside.
The federation already has 16 corporate sponsorships on board, including several new ones in the last month, Levitt said. The corporate sponsorship chair is Lauren Goldfarb of Long Branch, vice president of marketing at Newport Capital Group in Red Bank, a sponsor. “It was an easy decision for the company to support Super Sunday,” Goldfarb said, noting that Newport supports many groups in the county that its clients “feel strongly about.” Others behind the fund-raiser are Central Jersey Bank; Ram Caterers; Shore Orthopaedic Group; Bloomfield-Cooper Jewish Chapels, Inc.; CapitalOne Bank; Freehold Photography and Video; Isaacson Orthodontics, LLP; Promotions A2Z; Retina Care Center; Bellini Manalapan; Paul-Mark Printing; Feldman Benefit Services, Inc.; Marks & Klein, LLP; Siperstein’s Paint and Decorating Centers; and Zager Fuchs, PC.
Federation board chair Robert St. Lifer and executive director Howard Gases and his wife, Ilana, have also signed on as individual phone sponsors. Those businesses that donate $500 or more will have a company link on the federation’s website, event-day publicity, and a listing in NJ Jewish News.
There will be something for the kids at Super Sunday, too. Families enrolled in the federation’s PJ Library program — which sends Jewish-themed books and music each month to children ages six months to five years — can attend entertainer Mr. Ray’s 11:30 a.m. performance at a special price, only $7 per person.