The GNO NCJW section celebrated its 125th anniversary of service with a gala attended by 175 members and supporters. The event, “Looking Back and Leading Forward with a Salute to Angel Ball,” highlighted the organization’s Angel Balls in addition to its services and programs, including FOX 8 Defenders and scholarships.
The event began with a Patron Party at the Higgins Hotel, with hors d’oeuvres, libations and music provided by Meryl Zimmerman. Dinner was a multi-course meal, and challah made by Nancy Pesses was also served. An anniversary cake designed by Sue Singer and baked by Maple Street Patisserie served as dessert alongside a banana chocolate pudding. Programs and invitations were donated by MPress.
The dinner presentation began with a welcome by President Gail Pesses, who introduced FOX 8 anchor Shelley Brown, who acted as Mistress of Ceremonies. Shelley introduced the ball chairs, Jody Braunig and Loel Samuel. Rabbi Alexis Erdheim from Congregation Gates of Prayer led the blessings.
Following dinner, Shelley highlighted ongoing services — the scholarship program and FOX 8 Defenders — by airing a video which explained the Defenders and their successes. The video also featured Joan Bronk, past GNO NCJW President and national NCJW President, who reviewed contributions of the GNO section. Also in attendance were Susan Tramontana, Director of Fox 8 Defenders, as well as Mikel Schaefer, Vice President and General Manager of Fox 8.
Barbara Greenberg, Development Vice President, concluded calling on all past Moonlighters, Section Presidents and Angel Ball chairs to gather around a flaming anniversary cake and lead the singing of happy birthday. Patrons enjoyed music performed by the Wise Guys throughout dinner and dancing the rest of the evening.
Bonnie Aronson, Susan Kierr, Shellye Farber, Beverly Katz
Gail Pesses, Barbara Greenberg, Shelley Brown
Joyce Pulitzer, Barbara Bresler, Celia Katz
Jessica Bach, Lisa Heller
Miriam Waltzer, Robin Giarrusso