SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24, 7:00 PM

ABOUT THE EVENING

Our virtual celebration allows us to gather together as we always do in the fall. While we are not physically in the same location, we are connected via a common passion. Our evening promises to be filled with a sense of togetherness, joy, and purpose–all you have to do is click a few buttons. We hope you will enjoy the opportunity to relax and reflect and celebrate how the J holds such a special place in all of our hearts as we honor Don and Stuart.

Evening begins with a Havdalah service at 7:00 pm

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A FOCUS ON THE FUTURE

We are excited to spend this evening together celebrating our beloved honorees. Each one of them has been instrumental in moving the J forward and we are thrilled to celebrate all that they have done for our organization.

Why look towards the future? One could argue that managing the COVID-19 world in which we live is plenty for right now. However, looking towards what lies ahead not only guides us through the present, it helps us to determine what needs to be done today to prepare for what is in store. Focusing on the future has provided the JCC with the opportunity to take a moment to carefully reflect on how we serve our community as well as how we are able to establish a clear direction that ensures our J continues to offer programs and service for many years to come.   

We look forward to the future with optimism and enthusiasm and are excited to share with you what it is in store for our community.

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SPONSOR THE CELEBRATION

As a sponsor of the 2020 JCC Annual Virtual Celebration, you have the option to host your table in your home or have your guests participate from the comfort of their own homes. We will provide it all – food, drinks and party supplies! Your sponsorship ensures the JCC will continue to serve, strengthen, and inspire community guided by timeless Jewish values for generations to come. Your support impacts all of our amazing programs. Together, we can create experiences that inspire vibrant connections and lifelong journeys.

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Download our sponsorship packet. For additional questions about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Cyndi Sheehan at csheehan@jccdenver.org or 303.316.6312.

2020 HONOREES

Annual Celebration Don Kortz

DON KORTZ

Robert E. Loup Hineni Award

Don Kortz served as board chair of the JCC since 2018 when he was appointed by the Rose Community Foundation to provide leadership to the JCC, ensuring financial stabilization, upgrades to the infrastructure, and strengthening of programs and services. Along with a coalition of donors, the Board of Directors, and JCC leadership, Don successfully restored financial health to the organization, transforming the JCC. His efforts have solidified the community who will continue to benefit from meaningful programing for many years to come. Don’s dedication to family, volunteerism and philanthropy make him the ideal and well deserving recipient of the 2020 Robert E. Loup Hineni Award.

Annual Celebration Stuart Bombel

STUART BOMBEL

Gerald S. Gray Service & Leadership Award

Originally from Flint, Michigan, Stuart Bombel started his Colorado journey in 1976 at the University of Denver. Stuart spent over 30 years in dealer to dealer car sales. Along the way he mentored many young professionals get their start in the business world. More recently he has turned his creative and philanthropic energies to dramatically reshape and refresh critical spaces at the J from the outdoor pool, preschool terrace and the Backyard. His extraordinary dedication of time, expertise and generosity have contributed to the future success of the J.

Paying Special Tribute to

Art Kleinstein (z”l)
Longtime supporter of the J through the Mizel Arts and Culture Center, our annual poker tournament, and served as a member of the film selection committee for the Denver Jewish Film Festival for many years.

Steve Wilson
Executive Artistic Director of the Mizel Arts and Culture Center for over 26 years.

Annual Celebration Art Kleinstein
Art Kleinstein (z”l)
JCC Staff Steve Wilson
Steve Wilson

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VISIONARIES

HONORARY CHAIRS

Carol and Larry A. Mizel

CELEBRATION COMMITTEE

Gary Levine, Co-Chair
Fran and Ray Baker
Jill Bombel
Sunny and Norm Brownstein
Denise and Warren Cohen
Goldie and Joel Cohen
Steven and Robin Chotin
Gay and Barry Curtiss-Lusher
Debbie and Michael Feiner
John Freyer Jr.

John Freyer Sr.
Shannon Gifford and Jerry Glick
Suzie Goodspeed
Mary Lou Kortz
Peter Kudla
Lindy Eichenbaum Lent
Connie and Gary Levine
Lisa Farber Miller
Julie and Brent Morse

Wendy and Ed Nekritz
Kathy Neustadt
Shereen and Michael Pollak
Michele and Richard Right
Marcia and Dick Robinson
Susan and Eddie Robinson
Scott Robinson
Michael Staenberg
Jana and Brian Wilkinson

PLANNING COMMITTEE

Goldie Cohen, Co-Chair
Lisa Engbar
Beth Hornstein
Katy Hyman Roth

Mary Lou Kortz
Kim Malek
Rikki Mor
Melanie Perlman

Amy Schiff
Megan Seff
Jessica Shaoul

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Ed Nekritz, Board Chair
Don Kortz, Immediate Past Chair
Gary Levine, Development Chair
Dan Seff, Treasurer
Elise Barish, Assistant Treasurer
Kendra Harrison, Board Secretary
Mike Kboudi, Governance Chair

Goldie Cohen
Barry Curtiss-Luscher
Ken Feiler
Dan Hyatt
Rabbi Amanda Schwartz

2020 SPONSORS

PRESENTING SPONSOR

Connie and Gary Levine

$36,000

Michael Staenberg

$25,000

Shannon Gifford and Jerry Glick

$18,000

MDC/Richmond American Homes Foundation

$10,000

Sunny and Norm Brownstein
Denise and Warren Cohen
Betsy and Terry Considine
Debbie and Michael Feiner

Mary Lou and Don Kortz
Peter Kudla
Land Title Guarantee
Essie Perlmutter and Family

Michele and Richard Right and
Katzson Brothers, Inc –
Sidney T. and Bertha Katzson Foundation

$5,000

  • ANB Bank
    Argonaut Wine & Liquor
    Jodi Asarch
    Fran and Ray Baker
    BusinessDen
    The Chotin Foundation, Robin
    & Steven Chotin and Family
    Denver Agency

  • Tanner Fanello, Fuller Real Estate
    Farber and Miller Families
    FirstBank
    Foster Graham Milstein & Calisher, LLP
    Jeannie and John Fuller, Fuller Real Estate
    Lorna Gray and Michael Gray
    The Heidenrich and Sherman Family
    Gail and Jack Klapper

  • Hyde Park Jewelers
    Jeanne and Jerry Karnell
    MidFirst Bank
    Louann and Micky Miller
    Julie and Brent Morse
    Kami and Neil Pomerantz
    Trina and Scott Reisch
    Marcia and Dick Robinson
    /Susan and Eddie Robinson
    Suzie Robinson

Champions for the J

  • $50,000+

    Wendy and Ed Nekritz

    $25,000

    Kathy Neustadt
    Zeff Kesher Foundation

    $18,000

    Rich and Lisa Cohn
    Goodspeed Merrill
    Toni and Mike Kboudi
    Karen and Steven Leaffer
    Nancy Reichman and Charlie Gwirtsman
    Strear Family Foundation

  • $10,000

    Elise and Brian Barish
    Elaine Gantz Berman and Stephen Berman/Jack and Sarita Gantz Foundation
    Goldie and Joel Cohen
    Daniel Gralla
    Kendra and Jason Harrison
    Kathy and Rob Klugman
    The Lusher, McQuade and Curtiss-Lusher Families
    Vicki Trachten Schwartz and Robert Schwartz

JCC SUPPORTING PARTNERS