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$1 million paves the yellow brick road as students impress heavy hitters at major gala

$1 million paves the yellow brick road as students impress bigwigs

7 Brandon Pereira as the Scarecrow, from left, Avi Lipets as the Tin Man, S. Conrad Weil Jr. and Austin Abbott as the Cowardly Lion at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Brandon Pereira as the Scarecrow, from left, Avi Lipets as the Tin Man, S. Conrad Weil Jr. and Austin Abbott as the Cowardly Lion at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
5 Hannah Hester as Dorothy, from left, with Judy and Ronnie Yambra at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Hannah Hester as Dorothy, from left, with Judy and Ronnie Yambra at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
3 Arthur Schechter, left, and J. Kent Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Arthur Schechter, left, and J. Kent Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
4 Ellen Cohen, left, and Ann Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Ellen Cohen, left, and Ann Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by Joe Vela
6 Alex Kainer as Glenda the Good Witch, left and Gary Swartz at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Alex Kainer as Glenda the Good Witch, left and Gary Swartz at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
2 Buster and Karen Freedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Buster and Karen Freedman at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
1 Allen Becker, from left, with Rolaine and Morrie Abramson at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Allen Becker, from left, with Rolaine and Morrie Abramson at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by by Joe Vela
8 Adam Brackman, from left, Diana Brackman and Lauren Brackman Berg at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Adam Brackman, from left, Diana Brackman and Lauren Brackman Berg at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by Joe Vela
9 Linda Pham as The Wicked Witch and David Stein at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Linda Pham as The Wicked Witch and David Stein at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by Joe Vela
10 Laina Miller, left, and Naomi Levy at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
Laina Miller, left, and Naomi Levy at the Seven Acres Gala. Photo by Joe Vela
7 Brandon Pereira as the Scarecrow, from left, Avi Lipets as the Tin Man, S. Conrad Weil Jr. and Austin Abbott as the Cowardly Lion at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
5 Hannah Hester as Dorothy, from left, with Judy and Ronnie Yambra at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
3 Arthur Schechter, left, and J. Kent Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
4 Ellen Cohen, left, and Ann Friedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
6 Alex Kainer as Glenda the Good Witch, left and Gary Swartz at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
2 Buster and Karen Freedman at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
1 Allen Becker, from left, with Rolaine and Morrie Abramson at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
8 Adam Brackman, from left, Diana Brackman and Lauren Brackman Berg at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
9 Linda Pham as The Wicked Witch and David Stein at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014
10 Laina Miller, left, and Naomi Levy at the Seven Acres Gala February 2014

What: Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services "There's No Place Like Home" gala.

Where: The Westin Galleria Hotel.

The 411: Members of the Youth Council Men and Leading Ladies student service groups dressed as characters from the Wizard of Oz for the evening that drew 800 supporters who contributed a whopping $1 million. Applause, applause for chairs Andrea and David Stein, Gail and Gary Swartz and Judy and Ronnie Yambra. The success was due in no small part to the illustrious honorees receiving the Spirit of Life Award and their presenters.

City Councilwoman Ellen Cohen presented honors to Ann Friedman (wearing ruby slippers). Her husband, Kenny Friedman, introduced another award recipient — former Ambassador Arthur Schechter. Keeping it all in the family, Joyce Schechter presented the award to Diana Brackman. And Connie Weil was presented his award by former Seven Acres board president Larry Buck.

Who: Joining in the Emerald City merriment were Rolaine and Morrie Abramson, Allen Becker, Karen and Buster Freedman, Linda Pham, Laina Miller, Suzy and Brian Smock, Denise and Steve Estrin and Naomi and Mike Levy.

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