JFS President & CEO Yana Vishnitsky, Adam J. Agron, Andrea Stillman and Board Chair Jane E. Rosenbaum
Submitted by JFS
Jewish Family Service of Colorado raised more than $480,000 at its 20th annual fundraiser, Real Hope, Dec. 10, when Adam J. Agron and Andrea Stillman were honored at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The honorees provided a matching gift opportunity, which was met and helped to raise an additional $80,000 during the program. This event benefits all programs of JFS, including mental health counseling, senior and adult in-home care, disability and employment services, and family safety net services.
More than 400 people hit the red carpet and enjoyed a party, complete with cocktails and decadent food stations, and passed hors d’oeuvres catered by Epicurean. Digital Pocket, a unique music group comprised of a guitarist, a trumpet player, and a DJ, provided entertainment and created a great ambience for the party.
Yana Vishnitsky presents the 2015 Jack Shapiro Community Service Award to Andrea Stillman.
Dancers and stilt walkers from Traveling Performers helped transition the crowd from the party to the seated program. Steve Peckar, emcee, welcomed the crowd, thanked sponsors and shared a bit about JFS. After a touching video that told the story of four clients JFS helped last year, Yana Vishnitsky, JFS president and CEO, and Jane E. Rosenbaum, board chair, presented the awards. The honorees, Agron and Stillman, received standing ovations as they received their awards and shared their personal, heartfelt connections to JFS.
Agron received the Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year Award. He is co-managing partner of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck and was formerly co-chair of the firm’s Corporate & Business Group. Agron represents private and public companies, private equity firms, and entrepreneurs in a variety of transactions. Agron also serves on the Jewish Family Service Board of Directors, as board member and counsel for the Denver International Sports and Olympic Bid Committee, and council member for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Andrea Stillman (right) with her son Jake, husband Scott and daughter AbbiePhotos courtesy of JFS
Stillman accepted the Jack Shapiro Community Service Award. She has been volunteering at Jewish Family Service for the past four years. She has helped in the Weinberg Food Pantry and with buying and organizing school supplies and backpacks for pantry clients. For the past three years, Stillman has played an integral role in the success of the Bright Holidays program, which provides holiday gifts to low-income clients. Andrea’s commitment to the program made it possible to provide 515 individuals with thoughtful gifts in 2014.
Event co-chairs were Katie Wolfe Agron, Scott Stillman, and Dr. Steven and Debra Weinstein. The Real Hope committee included Gary Agron, Noah and Casey Agron, Rich Benenson, Bob and Jodi Eisen, Jackie Frazin, Michael and Jane Frazin, Noel and Leslie Ginsburg, David Goldberg, Sheryl Goodman, David Ickovic, Mark and Jamie Idelberg, Michael and Ilene Rosen, Megan Sherr, Michael and Traci Sidon, Noreen Stillman, and Skip Weller.
Adam J. Agron with his wife Katie Wolfe Agron and their daughters Dylan and Hayden
Top-level sponsors included: Adam and Katie Agron, Jack and Celeste Grynberg, JEWISHcolorado, Steve and Elizabeth Kris, Brent and Julie Morse, Philip and Elle Winn, Marshall and Helene Abrahams, Gary Agron, Sam and Nancy Gary, Mass Mutual Financial Group—Scott and Andrea Stillman, Vicki Agron and Joel Friedman, Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLP, The Chotin Foundation—Steven and Robin Chotin,
Colorado Real Estate Journal, Barry and Gay Curtiss-Lusher and David Ickovic, Dependable Cleaners, EKS&H, Freeman Family Foundation, Charlie Gwirtsman and Nancy Reichman, Kroenke Sports Charities, Pluss Family Foundation, Ellen and Eric Pollock, Stanton and Jane E. Rosenbaum, Chet and Louise Schwartz, Megan Agron Sherr and Noah and Casey Agron, Thompson Flanagan, Morris & Sylvia Trachten Family Foundation, and Gary & Teresa Yourtz Foundation.
Jane E. Rosenbaum presents the 2015 Kal Zeff Business Leader of the Year Award to Adam J. Agron.
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