Jewish Family Service of Colorado will honor Gay Curtiss-Lusher and Sam Zaitz at The Faces of JFS 2017 Winter Soirée, on Dec. 14 starting at 6 p.m. at the Grand Hyatt Denver, 1750 Welton Street. This inaugural fundraiser will celebrate the diversity of JFS clients while benefiting the life-transformative work of the agency. Community members are invited to pay tribute to Gay Curtiss-Lusher, who will receive the Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award, and Sam Zaitz, who will be honored with the inaugural Yana Vishnitsky Leadership Award.
Co-chairs Jeremy Abelson, Barry Curtiss-Lusher, Ben Lusher, and Stephanie Zaitz are leading a 42-person event committee.
To purchase tickets, visit jewishfamilyservice.org/Faces or contact Dawn Richard, development director, at 720.248.4605 or email@example.com.
It’s fitting that Gay Curtiss-Lusher is receiving the inaugural Joyce and Kal Zeff Humanitarian Award. She is a humanitarian to her core, exemplified by a lifetime of giving back. A long-time supporter of JFS, she is currently a volunteer with the JFS at the JCC program. Every weekday she serves seniors lunch and engages with them in activities and fun. Curtiss-Lusher has been in that volunteer role for the past 12 years and still looks forward to her daily shift.
“This program is so important to our seniors,” says Curtiss-Lusher. “Not only do they get a nutritious meal, but they socialize and engage in a variety of activities. I’ve gotten to know them all. They are such good people and I love seeing them together. I’m certain that I get more out of volunteering than they do from my presence.”
Curtiss-Lusher and husband Barry have been supporting JFS for decades. She served on the JFS Board of Directors in the 1990s and helped to resettle a Jewish Russian refugee family. More recently Curtiss-Lusher has served on two event committees.
Beyond JFS, Curtiss-Lusher has been an ardent supporter of the Anti-Defamation League and has served on its regional board for years. She been involved in two of ADL’s longest running programs: The Catholic-Jewish Dialogue and the Governor’s Holocaust Remembrance Program. Barry recently completed his three-year term as the ADL national chair.
Curtiss-Lusher has a master’s in guidance and counseling from the University of Michigan, and has worked at a federal penitentiary, at a radio station, as a caterer, as a tour guide at the Molly Brown House, and spent many years working at Eddie Bauer.
Gay and Barry have been married for 42 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren.
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