The Community of Caring Luncheon returned to the Grand Hyatt in Buckhead for its eighth year on Friday, April 25. Chaired this year by Lindsay Cropley Borenstein, Julie Kleinman and Larry Wexler, Community of Caring is an event to kick off Jewish Family & Career Services’ (JF&CS) Annual Campaign. Nearly 600 guests were invited by more than 70 table hosts to learn about JF&CS and the life-changing work we do by providing vital services and long-term solutions for individuals and families in our community.

The event incorporated the theme of “How to Survive Anything Life Throws at You.” Real-life clients of Career Services – Tools for Employment, Developmental Disabilities Services – Tools for Independence, Legacy Home Care, PAL, Ben Massell Dental Clinic, and Helping Atlantans Manage Substance Abuse (H.A.M.S.A.), shared their personal stories during the program which was partially live-action and partially pre-recorded video.

After the presentation, Ellen Chalef, who is chairing the Annual Campaign for the second year in a row, closed the meeting with an invitation to support the services. Thanks to an anonymous donor, everyone who attended the luncheon had a unique opportunity to earn JF&CS an additional $10,000. The donor made a commitment of this gift if 150 people made new or increased gifts at Community of Caring. JF&CS is humbled to announce that this commitment has been fulfilled and a grand total of $322,001 was raised to support our services during this year’s Community of Caring Luncheon.

“We are overwhelmed at the generosity of our donor community,” said Miriam Friedman, Chief Development Officer at JF&CS. “The support provided through the Community of Caring luncheon will help JF&CS empower our clients as they overcome anything and everything life throws at them. Our clients’ resiliency is an incredible source of inspiration and it is truly amazing to see such a caring community of people come together to make a difference.”