The annual lunch of the Auxiliary of the William Breman Jewish Home was a festive and meaningful event Monday, May 8. More than 285 women (and a few men) attended the sold-out event at the InterContinental Buckhead.

An emotional torch was passed when Brooke Blasberg, the outgoing board chair, turned the top job over to sister Jodie Jackson, the incoming chair alongside Sharon Corenblum.

Blasberg and Jackson are the daughters of Sandra and Gary Silver.

“I am honored and humbled to be involved with the auxiliary,” Blasberg said. “My grandmother Dora Marcus volunteered at the home and inspired me to get involved. We are fortunate to have wonderful board members, auxiliary members and volunteers that support the residents.”

Jackson extolled her sister’s inspiration as a mother of four who shows encouragement, compassion and dedication.

Volunteer of the Year Susan Jacobson was lauded for her tireless efforts, including staffing the gift shop. Jacobson thanked her mother, who flew in from Houston, along with her mah jongg, college, book club and aerobics friends who came to honor her.

Volunteers Cheryl Alifeld and Sydell Harris have donated their time and beauty services to the Breman Jewish Home over several decades.

“I just love to organize and have gotten tremendous gratification from serving the residents,” she said.

Corenblum, the incoming co-chair, tearfully saluted her mom and aunt. In regard to helping the elderly and infirmed, she said, “You have never really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.”

Steve Berman urges people to become life members of the auxiliary and goodwill ambassadors of Jewish Home Life Communities.

Stephen Berman, a former board chair of the home’s parent nonprofit, Jewish Home Life Communities, ended the program by making the Motzi. He said, “You all in the audience today should become life members of the auxiliary and serve as goodwill ambassadors for our great system.”

The biggest laugh of the day came when, referring to the colorfully bagged door prizes, Berman said, “I have never seen more hazarie in one place at one time.”

Be sure to save the date for the home’s gala Nov. 4.