We spend a lot of time promoting upcoming programs and seeking your support for fundraising efforts. We don't spend nearly enough time talking about how wonderful those events were or the results of those efforts. There are many recent success stories in which many of you have participated. Here is just a sampling of what's been going on the past few months.
The Religious School sold Shalach Manot gift bags for Purim. Over 200 members bought nearly 400 bags raising over $4,000 for our Religious School. That money will be used toward the purchase of a Smart Board for one of our classrooms in the near future, bringing a whole new set of tools to our children's teachers.
Our Program Committee did a fantastic job with our 2nd annual Casino Night. Everyone had a great time, a lot of terrific raffle prizes were won, and the evening raised over $500. I know I'm already looking forward to the next one.
The TD Bank Affinity Program gets us an annual donation from TD Bank based on our families who bank there and have identified themselves as being affiliated with Adath (all done confidentially of course). It doesn't cost you a penny to participate. Over 50 families have already joined the program and this year we received $5,400 from TD Bank. If you bank at TD, make a simple call to link your accounts and help Adath raise even more.
In just six months, our Scrip Program paid out over $1,500 in dues rebates. The more gift cards you buy, the more you save on your Temple dues and school tuition and the congregation makes a profit, too. A special thanks to those who opted out of receiving their rebate and donated it back to the synagogue.
At least 40 engraved paver bricks have been purchased so far. Our goal is to sell at least 100 bricks -- so keep those orders coming. We'll start installing them soon.
Sisterhood Bingo night brought in almost 70 people, gave out $700 in prizes, and raised money that will be used toward all of their great programs and support to the congregation.
The Men's Club Party Fair was a big hit, attracting over 150 people and raising money that has been pledged back to Adath toward the repair of our Torah scrolls.
Lots of other great things have happened recently, like our Scholar-in-Residence weekend, receiving an award from JFCS for our food donations, nine of our teens attending the NFTY convention in Los Angeles, and so much more -- none of which could have happened without your generous and ongoing support. Thank you as always for that support as it is you who are responsible for making Adath Emanu-El the great place that it is.
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