When members of the Young Adult Division gathered for their annual Federation Campaign event on January 24, they stepped off the streets of downtown Louisville and backward in time into a 1920’s cocktail party.
Feathers and fringes abounded as people enjoyed drinks, courtesy of Heaven Hill, and enjoyed an elegant evening that included dinner and dancing.
The evening turned serious as YAD Co-Chair Laurence Nibur, Event Co-Chair Seth Gladstein and Campaign Chair Doug Gordon all called on those in attendance to demonstrate their community leadership by supporting the 2015 Federation Campaign.
Nibur said the younger generation is coming of age. They are represented in leadership positions and their level of giving is increasing.
“YAD is not our future,” Gordon said. The time for YAD is now. It is the young leaders of today who must shape our future.
Excited to see many new faces among the nearly 100 people at the event, Gladstein challenged those present to raise more than they did last year to support programs like Hillel, the Early Learning Center, PJ Library, the Hebrew schools and the Jewish Community Relations Council.
He asked people to look inside themselves and ask what being Jewish means to them, and then to be generous.
To date, YAD has raised $105,428 for the 2015 Federation Campaign, and as of Tuesday, February 17, the total raised for the Campaign is $1.9 million. Seth Gladstein and Hunter Weinberg were the event co-chairs. Keren Benabou and Laurence Nibur are the YAD co-chairs and Beth and Michael Salamon are the Ben Gurion Society co-chairs. Ben Gurion Society members are young adults who make leadership gifts of at least $1,000 to the Annual Federation Campaign.