It might have been cold outside, but 400 people generated a lot of good heat rocking the night away at our CDS Rock-n-Roll Annual Party on January 25 at Nova Place on the North Side.
The party was a celebration of CDS and gave us the perfect platform to honor Dr. E. Joseph Charny (Community Leadership Award), Duquesne University School Psychology Professor Kara McGoey, Ph.D. (Volunteer of the Year), and CDS Head of Hebrew and Jewish Studies Tzippy Mazer (Lifetime Achievement Award).
All of our honorees share a big passion for CDS. You can watch a tribute to these extraordinary leaders here, with additional messages of love and support for Tzippy Mazer in this video.
Our party featured a silent auction to raise funds for the CDS Class of 2020 Israel trip, as well as a luxury raffle with concert, gift card, and fine spirits baskets.
Food by Creative Kosher included three vendor stations with tacos, nachos, and sliders, all concert-style, and for dessert, guests enjoyed Bella Christie and Lil Z's Fry Daddy station with donuts and other delicious treats. Libations included Southern Tier Rock Band and He'brew Beer, and party-goers could buy "concert tees" in the merch booth.
A Gene Simmons look-alike made a special guest appearance, and the high school rock band HOA performed to kick off the night before DJ Sosa heated up the dance party.
Guests came dressed in their concert finest, including a full appearance by KISS and plenty of ripped jeans, rock wigs, and eyeliner.
Who whips up all this fun? We have a cosmically creative volunteer committee that come together nearly a year in advance to concoct the special touches that make our parties so memorable!
Special thanks to party planner Margie Stang and to these endlessly imaginative volunteers: Rachel Cravotta, Jay Dworin, Jennifer Ferris-Glick, Dan Gelman, Jan Glick, Beth Jacobs, Ed Mistler, Hayley Perlow, and Rita Rabin.
And ENORMOUS thanks to our own Director of Institutional Advancement and Donor Relations Jenny Jones, who’s already cooking up some exciting plans for next year. SAVE THE DATE FOR JANUARY 30, 2021!
We are so grateful to all of honorees, sponsors, guests, staff, board, and volunteers for making this extraordinary evening possible and for supporting our mission to deliver a joyful, innovative education that empowers children to become accomplished learners and compassionate upstanders who are committed to Jewish life and to creating a better world.
Photo credit: Joe Appel Photography