JCC to host diverse benefit, community celebration

JCC Chicago will present its annual benefit, “Give to Receive,”  at Primitive Gallery on Saturday, Feb. 1. Designed to enrich, inspire and build deeper connections across the vibrant community JCC serves, the evening will support the life-enriching programs and services JCC Chicago provides.

Guests will be surrounded by Primitive’s colorful mosaic of authentic artifacts representing over 100 cultures worldwide while enjoying food, cocktails and a live and silent auction. Items from the gallery will be on sale all evening, with 20 percent of the proceeds going to support JCC Chicago.

“Creating opportunities to enrich lives and build community through connection and engagement is what JCC is all about. If in doing so we are also able to help those who could benefit from some additional assistance, than we are all better served as one community,” said Alan Sataloff, CEO and General Director of JCC Chicago.

Proceeds from the annual benefit event are critical for JCC to respond to record numbers of requests for scholarship assistance, especially in the areas of Jewish camp and early childhood programs.

“Children with pivotal Jewish experiences are more likely to become adults who value their heritage, support Jewish causes, and take on leadership roles in their communities, but many families are challenged to make this a financial priority,” said Kim Levy, JCC Director, Financial Resource Development. “Our hope is for JCC programs and services to be available to anyone in the community, regardless of financial need.”

The JCC Chicago general scholarship fund provides accessibility to families who would otherwise not be in a position to participate in the life-enriching programs and services JCC offers throughout the Chicagoland area, deepening JCC’s connection into the community.

Co-chairing the event are distinguished leaders and supporters of the Jewish community, Lee Tresley and Lauri Konik Zessar of Highland Park. As a volunteer for several local organizations, Tresley works to raise funds and develop resources that directly affect areas of critical need, especially for children. She joined the JCC Chicago Board in 2009 and serves on the Financial Resource Development Committee and JCC Women’s Auxiliary. Zessar works as a community leader and philanthropist in Chicago. She has served on the JCC Chicago Board of Directors since 2008, currently as Vice-President and Financial Resource Development Committee Chair. Zessar is also president of Bienali Promotions, LLC. She is the originator and a supplier of two certified Women’s Owned Businesses: Handbags by Lauri Kay TM and Bienali TM.

Primitive Gallery is located at 130 N. Jefferson St, Chicago, and parking is available. Tickets can be purchased by calling 312.775.1831 or at www.gojcc.org/benefit.


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