May 13 was a splendid, sunny day for 185 women who gathered at The InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta to celebrate the Auxiliary of the William Breman Jewish Home.
Event co-chair Sherry Habif kicked off the event by announcing that “in keeping with times,” the personalized table favors were disposable straws. Habif, who is always busy making things happen behind the scenes, worked with Nancy Banks, both of whom received Going The Extra Mile Reward, to assure that the wide-open room was decorated with tie-dyed linens and an innovative menu beginning with minted cantaloupe shooters and edamame hummus.
The two other luncheon co-chairs, Ann Kay and Fran Scher, delighted the audience with a megawatt list of door and raffle prizes acquired by Sandy Abrams: a bounty of jewelry, dining certificates, car washes, resume writing services, department store gifts, Boxwoods, Veronica’s Attic gift certificates and tons of other dining certificates were donated by popular places such as Marlow’s Tavern.
“This is a great time for us to celebrate in this lively room with huge balloons, tangerine and emerald colors,” Kay said. “We love dealing with the Breman residents to make their lives better. It fills my heart with joy to give them pleasure.”
Auxiliary co-chairs Nancy Baron and Lori Lewis, also incoming president, thrilled the audience with their announcement that the years of dedication by Stephen Berman will be recognized with a new butterfly garden and birding area at the Howell Mill campus for the enjoyment of residents and visitors. Berman, who made his traditional Hamotzi blessing over bread, spoke of the 25-year history of this annual luncheon.
Lewis said, “We are doing such good work because our volunteers and executive board know exactly what to do. We work so well as a team. We all love working with the residents for Purim, Bingo, Valentine’s party and various sing-alongs and special events.”
Stephanie Wyatt, the new chief development officer for Jewish Home Life Communities, surprised the crowd by clicking together her glittery red “Wizard of Oz” pumps reciting, “Anything is possible!”
Meanwhile, the Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Joan Massre, who said her goal was to set an example for future generations to volunteer, as volunteering was her own way of giving back to the community while having fun doing it.