Shelby's Social Diary
A 100th birthday party with special meaning: 700 people and a symphony turn out
Rice University, Hermann Park, the Houston Symphony -- centennial celebrations are abounding in 2013 and 2014 and the most recent fete in honor of a 100th birthday was that for Jewish Family Services.
More than 700 supporters gathered at the Westin Galleria Hotel for a festive evening featuring a performance by 63 members of the Houston Symphony including featured violinist Eric Halen, under direction of Michael Krajewski, principal conductor of the Pops.
Eight individuals and families were recognized as Bridge to the Future honorees and received custom designed glass frames created by glass artist Bill Meek. In the spotlight were Joan and Stanford Alexander, Martha and Donald Freedman, Mireille and Harvey Katz, the family of Nathan J. Klein, Velva and Fred Levine, Shirley Toomim, Dolores Wilkenfeld and Shirley and Jay Marks, who served as dinner chairs.
A multi-purpose non-profit, Jewish Family Services offers a broad spectrum of services including mental health and support programs, senior services and case management, community outreach, social and educational programs, employment services, financial assistance programs and volunteer opportunities.
Applauding a century of good works were Mayor Annise Parker, JFS CEO Linda Burger, Lorraine and Ed Wulfe, Punkin Hetch, Sam Jacobson, Carl Josehart, Lewis Frapart and Bess Wishnow.