90th Anniversary Gala News
November 20, 2015
We are thrilled to share an exciting update with you on the success of our 90th Anniversary Gala on November 7. Over 400 Tawongans spanning generations from the 1930’s to today joined together for this sold-out occasion at 111 Minna in San Francisco. Bonded through a shared love of Camp Tawonga, our community honored our 90-year history, celebrated our past and current leadership and raised critical dollars for our Campership Fund and for one of our most urgently needed projects at Camp right now: building a new Central Bathhouse.
Central Bathhouse Update
As many of you know, the current bathhouse on the Boys Side of Tawonga was built in the 1960’s, and it’s high time for a renovation. Thanks to a generous $50,000 challenge grant from board alum Eve Bernstin and Alex Gersznowicz, we hit our goal for the evening and raised a total of $100,000! The next morning, we received an exciting new challenge grant from another generous Tawonga family to keep the fundraising ball rolling, which you will hear more about in the near future!
Including the $100,000 raised the night of the Gala for the bathhouse, Tawongans united around this milestone to raise a total of $318,000 through sponsorships, ticket and auction sales to strengthen Camp! This extraordinary impact will allow Tawonga to bring our Mission to even more children and families.
Take a Look!
Check out some beautiful moments that captured the spirit of this momentous occasion:
- Beautiful photos from the event through this album — password “90th”
- A fun clip from the epic song session on Saturday, with all of your favorite Tawonga song leaders (pictured above)
- A Gala Program with beautiful sentiments from hundreds of community members
- A tribute video to Ken Colvin and Robert Heller, beloved Past Presidents
- A touching essay from Ken Colvin: “How Camp Tawonga Made a Difference in One Child’s Life”
- A 90th Anniversary Camp video
#TawongaTurns90 on Facebook
So many of you helped to build excitement and community around the 90th by posting fantastic old and new Tawonga memories with this hashtag. If you haven’t yet seen these, be sure to explore here. And feel free to keep posting!
To the Next 90!
Camp Tawonga is truly blessed for this outpouring of love and generosity from our entire community. Here’s to another 90 years of strengthening our Jewish community together!
Thank you to all of our generous Gala sponsors who made this event possible!
Julie and David Levine
Karyn and Charles Bendit
Myrna and Thomas Frankel
Christine and Kevin Chessen
Stacy Mason and Tod Cohen
Susan and Bill Epstein
Nancy and Len Goldberg
Tanya and Dr. Herbert Goodman
Harriette Unger and Richard Grabstein
Fran and Bobby Lent
Sara and Josh Leslie
Leland, Parachini, Steinberg, Matzger & Melnick
Rebecca Meyer and Jeff Resnik
Lee and Vic Sher
Robin Beck and Alex Shmelev
Lisa and Matthew Wertheim
Lena Brook and Jonah Becker
Melissa and Charles Benard
Sara Witt and Andy Charmatz
Judy Levin and Barry Epstein
Mimi Gordon and Mike Eul
Anne and Michael Hochberg
Marla and Robert Kane
Nina Kaufman Kaan and Dan Kaplan Kaan
Janet Roosevelt Katten
Leslie and Joseph Kleitman
Alexis and Laurie Lezin-Schmidt
Ardith and Michael Plimack
Yeva Johnson and Michael Potter
Lisa and Peter Rosenberg
Sharon L. Litsky and John F. Sampson
Nancy Bialek and Chris, Gabby and Lexi Santas
Heidi Berrin Shonkoff and Alan
Susan and Maury Stern
Mikiko Huang and Marshall Stoller
Sysco Food Services
Libby and Len Traubman
Marilyn and Murray Waldman