Dancing through the Decades

Temple Sinai honored the Benjamins, Haspels and Steegs for their community activism.
Judge Robin Giarrusso with Bill and Event Chair Susan Hess

Temple Sinai “dined and danced through the decades” in a festive gala honoring the philanthropic community contributions of Jennifer and Jack Benjamin Jr.; Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel and John Haspel; and Pamela and Robert Steeg. The evening benefited Temple Sinai and hosted more than 200 guests. Susan Hess served as Event Chair and David Bernard was the Emcee.

The Patron Party was sponsored by Galatoire’s and Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, who provided catering along with contributions from Sue Barton. The seated dinner was provided by Marriott with arrangements made by Sue Singer. Musical instruments representing each decade, such as a 1940s saxophone or a guitar from the 1980s, decorated the dining tables, each set upon glass bowls or on pedestals. To set a festive tone, the room was adorned with curtains outlining each doorway and disco lighting.

David Bernard led guests through a slideshow history of Temple Sinai in the 1940s through 1990s. Accompanying each decade, he changed wigs and costumes to introduce the music presentation, one song for each, and then a representative dance presentation. Following the recognition of the honorees, partygoers enjoyed a dessert bar, decade-related entertainment and dancing.

Entertainment included performances by musician and puppeteer Harry Mayronne, internationally-touring jazz performer and top 50 American Idol finalist Angie Z and ballroom dancers Shane Lecocq and Fiona McDonald. Friend and Company generously donated a pair of diamond earrings for a raffle, and there was an exclusive silent auction.


Event at a Glance

What: “Temple Sinai Gala,” benefiting Temple Sinai
When: Saturday, March 3
Where: Temple Sinai’s Teal and Stephen Goldring Pavilion


Honorees John Haspel and Amy Gainsburgh-Haspel with Honorees Jennifer and Jack Benjamin Jr.

Honorees Pamela and Robert Steeg with Barbara Greenberg