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Annual Gala Family Ties

JSSA’s spring gala is the agency’s largest annual fundraiser and over the years has featured amazing talent.

On Sunday evening, May 18, 2014, close to 600 people attended JSSA’s largest annual fundraiser at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center. JSSA Gala 2014 – “Family Ties” –  was chaired by the Flyer family – Ellie and Mike, Laurie and David.

A highlight of the evening was the presentation of JSSA’s annual Joseph Ottenstein Award to three generations of the Sondra (z”l) and Howard Bender family. The award honors individuals whose efforts and achievements have improved the life of our community. The Bender Family Foundation has engaged in philanthropic work throughout the Washington area including American University, the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, Jewish Women International, the Hebrew Home, the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, and JSSA.

The festive evening also featured special guest speaker Goldie Hawn, a Takoma Park, Maryland native and Academy Award winning actress, film director, producer, author and singer. A wonderful time was had by all.

View the Gala Program Book.

We invite you to view more Gala photos on JSSA’s Facebook page.  Special thanks to Michael Bennett Kress Photography.

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