Families and friends of Community Day School partied like they were on a beach vacation on Saturday, January 20 at Sun and Schmooze: A Tropical Gala, which was the perfect escape from the winter blues. The August Wilson Center in Downtown was transformed into a lush tropical paradise, as more than 400 guests celebrated Community Leadership Award winners State Rep. Dan and Debbie Frankel (watch the video) and Volunteer of the Year Dana Himmel (watch the video), all three CDS alumni parents.


Each attendee received a lei, and there were aloha shirts galore, plenty of flip-flops, and even a shark and mermaid floating around the party with live tropical fish on every table. Partygoers enjoyed the signature cocktail "Ruach Rum Punch" and other fruity concoctions at the tiki bar, delicious tropical bites like Hawaiian meatballs and jerk chicken, and dancing to the island beats of DJ Sosa.


Beyond the palm trees and hula dancing was an important cause, and more than $190,000 was raised to support the academic programs at CDS and to expand access to a day school education for more of Pittsburgh's Jewish children.


"We are so grateful to each and every one of our guests and our incredibly generous sponsors," said CDS Head of School Avi Baran Munro. "All the money raised at the gala will support the teachers and students of CDS so they can help secure the Pittsburgh's Jewish future and transform the world."

I am glad and honored to be entrusted with helping to raise money for the school knowing that the funds raised will have a positive impact on children's lives for generations to come and the strength and vibrancy of Pittsburgh's Jewish community.

- Ken Levin, CDS Parent, Vice President of the Board of Trustees, and Institutional Advancement Chair



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