[by Shiela Steinman Wallace]
On Sunday, February 17, the red carpet at the Jewish Community Center led to the Patio Gallery, which was buzzing with activity as Super Sunday volunteers called donors to the Annual Federation Campaign asking for their commitments for 2013.
At the end of the day, $117,620 had been raised, which is 7.5 percent more than the same donors pledged last year.
“Super Sunday was a great success,” said Sarah Harlan, who chaired this year’s telethon. “There was a great amount of energy in the room and lots of enthusiasm from the volunteers.”
Harlan also noted that “we were getting good comments from members of the community when we called them” and she was pleased with the way things went.
This year’s Super Sunday was a big Pre-Oscar party. The room was decorated with balloons and posters promoting plays CenterStage will bring to the JCC in the 2013-14 season. The tote board was a series of shining stars.
Volunteers could also snack on candy from large theater-style boxes as they made calls or indulge in donuts, bagels, tuna, pasta salad, baked goods and more when they took a break and walked over to the Naamani Library. And of course, there were plenty of prizes for those who secured significant increases in pledges and new gifts to the Campaign.
In addition to Chair Sarah Harlan, this year’s Super Sunday Committee included Bryan Baker, Barbara Franklin and Kate Kastenbaum.
The volunteer callers were Campaign Chair Karen Abrams, Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, Lisa Bass, Jacob Efman, Jerome Fleischer, Alan Friedman, Debbie Friedman, John Gage, Lance Gilbert, Jeffrey Glazer, Ayala Golding, Steve Goldstein, Bailey Haskell, Cynthia Hytken and Jay Klempner.
Also, Helene Kramer Longton, Jake Latts, Kate Latts, Lindsay Latts, Jillian Lustig, Laurence Nibur, Jerri Passo, Thomas Passo, Tracy Raben, Ilean Rowe, Lewis Rowe, Amy Ryan, Haley Ryan, Judy Tiell, Jeffrey Tuvlin and Leon Wahba.
Mayor Greg Fischer stopped by to offer encouragement.
Prizes were donated by Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, Breadworks, Derby Dinner Playhouse, Graeter’s, Jewish Community Center Personal Training, LaVee Nail, Louisville Bats, The Temple Gift Shop, W.W. Cousins, Wild Eggs and Z Salon.
Food was donated by Bruegger’s Bagels, Krispy Kreme, Stevens & Stevens and Tuna by Ruthie (Passamaneck).
Ted Wirth donated his services as photographer.