Jewish Herald-Voice (Houston, Tex.), Vol. 106, No. 54, Ed. 1 Thursday, February 27, 2014 Page: 11 of 24
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February 27, 2014
Tribute dinner will recognize
ball honorees and chairs
KAYE MARVINS PHOTOGRAPHY
Mark Lowes, Drew Berkman, Nancy Lerner, Macey and Harry Reasoner, Joe Kaplan
and Roslyn Fuchs Haikin. (Kathy Berkman also was in attendance.)
KAYE MARVINS PHOTOGRAPHY
Richard and Ginni Mithoff, Linda O’Black and Betsy and Ed Schreiber
On Saturday, March 1, at 7:30
p.m., the 24th Annual Children’s
Scholarship Ball, benefitting the Irvin
Kaplan Children’s Scholarship Fund,
will honor Ginni and Richard Mithoff,
Linda O’Black and Betsy and Ed
Schreiber - all stars in their own right
- for their impacts on our community
through their dedication to children
and families. The event will take place
at the Westin Galleria Hotel.
Serving as honorary chairs are
Kathy and Drew Berkman, Roslyn
Haikin, Joe Kaplan, Nancy Lerner,
Mark Lowes and Macey and Harry
Reasoner. The group met on Tuesday,
Feb. 4, for the annual honoree dinner.
Hosted by Patti and Dan Steiner, the
catered dinner served as a prelude
to the 2014 Ball. Evelyn Rubenstein
Jewish Community Center president
and 2012 Ball honoree Bobbi Samuels,
and ERJCC executive vice president
Joel Dinkin welcomed the honored
guests and paid tribute to their
successful fundraising efforts for this
year’s black tie gala.
Proceeds from this event will
ensure that no family or child in
need of financial assistance is turned
away Through tickets, table sales and
donations, the Scholarship Ball has
raised more than $8.5 million since
1990. Monies raised have ensured that
thousands of families of all religious
and ethnic backgrounds, unable to
afford children’s programs without
assistance, have benefitted from high-
quality ERJCC programs. Each year
the requests vary, but the increasing
need never wanes. It is the support
from the community that ensures all
children in need receive this help at
The theme for the gala is “Bright
Lights, Shining Stars,” complete
with an Academy Awards look and
feel, with dinner, silent auction and
Tables for the event still are
available for purchase. For information
about the Ball or how to contribute on
behalf of this year’s honorees, contact
Melissa Gordon at 713-729-3200, ext.
3202, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also
visit erjcchouston.org/csb for more
details on how to make a lasting
impact on the lives of children. □
National Institute for Jewish
Hospice accredits Houston Hospice
Service and Houston
Hospice have joined
together to provide
Jewish hospice care
in the Houston area.
Hope Lipnick has been
named the business
associate to provide
service for Houston
Hospice patients and
their families. Houston
Hospice joins more than
60 hospices nationwide in becoming
accredited with the National Institute
for Jewish Hospice.
The accreditation links Houston
Hospice with NIJH, which provides
staff training, insights on treating
Jewish patients who are terminally
ill, access to resources and education
about Jewish custom and practice
that may arise while caring for a
hospice patient who is Jewish.
Houston Hospice now is part of a
database of accredited hospices
to which NIJH will refer patients,
families and rabbis
when they seek the
best care for the Jewish
NIJH was esta-
blished in 1985 to help
alleviate suffering in
serious and terminal
illness. Its 52,000 mem-
bers are comprised
of business and
and a consortium of
NIJH serves as a resource and
educational center for hospices,
hospitals, family service, medical
organizations and all health care
agencies, educating them to the
issues and challenges of serving the
Jewish terminally ill.
Houston Hospice is a 501(c)(3)
organization that is community-
based, community-supported and
not for profit. It is Houston’s oldest,
largest independent hospice. For
information, visit houstonhospice.
Godiwalla keynotes Celebrating Women event
Community Center of
Houston offers a variety
of programs during March
to celebrate women in
conjunction with National
Women’s History Month.
speaker Nina Godiwalla
presents the keynote
Speak-Up,” on Thursday,
March 6, at 7 p.m.
Godiwalla will offer a discussion on the
impact of diversity and success.
“By sharing stories on diversity, I
want everyone to walk away with two
things: first, the importance of broad-
ening their mindset to include others
around them, and second, actionable
tips on how to actively create more
The speaker is Hall of
Fame honoree and CEO
of MindWorks, which pro-
vides leadership, stress
management and diver-
sity training to compa-
nies around the world.
She also serves on Texas
Leadership Council and
has been honored as
the Outstanding Young
Houstonian for 2013. She will share sto-
ries from her bestselling memoir, “Suits:
A Woman on Wall Street.”
The month of activities to celebrate
women can be seen at eijcchouston.
org/celebratingwomen; call Esther
Bethke at 713-595-8186 for details or
visit Facebook. □
Avital Hadassah’s ‘Changing Times’
A “Changing Times
Dessert Party,” Wednes-
day, March 12, 1:30 p.m.,
at Ronnie Forman’s
home will launch Avital
from night to afternoon
meetings. The group
now will meet on the
of each month at 1:30
p.m. Program meetings
will be scheduled every
two months, with
Avital Book Club and/or open board
meetings on the alternate months.
The event’s featured speaker will
be Dr. Heidi Purcell, who recently
joined the Women’s Health Group in
the office of Dr. Mark Gottesman.
Her topic will be “Changing Times
Dr. Heidi Purcell
sharing her knowledge
with Avital members and guests.
Tobye Joachim, acting president,
invites all interested Hadassah
members to attend this first afternoon
meeting. Although the group is
primarily made up of members over
60, all ages are welcome. □
- Changing Us!” Dr.
Purcell enjoys the
wide variety that
the field of women’s
taking care of patients
through the entirety
of their reproductive
lives with an emphasis
and patient education.
She looks forward to
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