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Jewish Family Service Card Party Raises $11,000 for Village by the Shore

After a year hiatus, attendees gathered, using safety precautions, to enjoy the Card Party.

(Second from left): Jewish Family Service CEO Andrea Steinberg joined Mitchell Gurwicz, Dianne Hamson, and Edward Gurwicz at the Annual Card Party in memory of Bonnie Gurwicz. The event, hosted at Harbor Pines Golf Club on August 26, raised $11,000 for JFS’ Village by the Shore program. (Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)

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The JFS Card Party, held on August 26 at Harbor Pines Golf Club, raised more than $11,000 for Village by the Shore. Over 55 attendees gathered for an afternoon of games, including Canasta and Mahjong as well as enjoyed a delicious buffet lunch while honoring the memory of community philanthropist, Bonnie Gurwicz.

Through the generous support of sponsors, including the Gurwicz Family, PNC, The Kiejdan Family, Margaret & Howard Goldberg, Sandy Kahn, J.S. Goldstein Funeral Home and Monuments, Inc., Fulton Bank, Susan & Robert Mayer, and Ellen & Lloyd Eisen, the Card Party raised vital funds for Village by the Shore, a program that provides a variety of concierge, volunteer and professional services and socialization for adults (50+) in our community.

(Left to right): Sandy Kahn, Jann Cohen, Flossie Bluestein, and Martha Moskowitz enjoyed an afternoon playing Mahjong at the Jewish Family Service Annual Card Party at Harbor Pines Golf Club on August 26. More than 55 guests participated in the event which raised $11,000 for JFS’ Village by the Shore program. (Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)

After a year hiatus, attendees gathered, using safety precautions, to enjoy the Card Party.

While this sold-out event typically has 100 attendees, the smaller crowd enjoyed all the perks the annual event has to offer.

With a host of door prizes, several guests went home with fantastic items including a MacKenzie Childs Advent Calendar, Pamper Yourself Day featuring Scissor Wizards Hair Salon and Pinky’s Nail Salon gift cards, Movie Basket filled with cinema passes and candy, Lenox Pansy Oval Picture Frame, and Typhoon Food Scale.

The Card Party also featured a silent auction with guests bidding on items including wine of the month basket, Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers gift certificate, a dine around town experience – Tennessee Avenue Beer Hall, Philly Pretzel Factory, Bungalow Beach Bar, Barrel’s Fine Italian, and Chipotle Restaurant, and an Antigua getaway vacation.

Bonnie Gurwicz’s, son, Mitchell spoke of his mother’s involvement in creating the Card Party and her dedication to the community. More than a decade ago, it was her idea to include games as an opportunity to add revenue to the existing Golf Tournament.

With the success of Card Party, it developed into a standalone event and this year, many of Bonnie’s friends played to honor their beloved friend.

(Left to right): Andrea Reisman, Wendy Ruden, Emily Shore, and Andrea Moss participated in the Jewish Family Service Annual Card Party at Harbor Pines Golf Club on August 26. The ladies enjoyed an afternoon playing Canasta and dined on a buffet lunch as well as had a chance to win door prizes and bid on auction items. The Card Party raised $11,000 for JFS’ Village by the Shore program. (Photo courtesy of Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties)

About Jewish Family Service

Jewish Family Service of Atlantic & Cape May Counties (JFS) encourages strong families, thriving children, healthy adults, energized seniors and vital communities.

With dozens of program areas, JFS specializes in counseling, mental health services, homeless programs, vocational services, adult and older adult services and also hosts an on-site food pantry.

The agency impacts 8,000 lives throughout Atlantic and Cape May Counties each year.

JFS’ mission is to motivate and empower people to realize their potential and enhance their quality of life.

In keeping with Jewish values and the spirit of tikkun olam (healing the world), JFS provides services with integrity, compassion, respect and professionalism regardless of their religion, race, gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, age or background.

For more information or to keep up-to-date with events and programs, visit JFS at jfsatlantic.org or follow on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

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