By Lisa Kaplan and Liza A. Schwartz
Approximately 85 Kochavim women gathered at Temple Beth-El of Great Neck for an evening of cocktails, dinner, shopping and laughter—all for a worthwhile cause. The funds raised from the Kochavim Group of Great Neck Hadassah’s biggest fundraiser of the year will be used to help Hadassah Medical Centers, worldwide leaders in medicine and nursing.
The event featured award-winning stand-up comedian Cory Kahaney, who was a grand finalist on Last Comic Standing. She has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The View, Comedy Central and HBO. Kahaney’s act was autobiographical, culled from her life as a wife, ex-wife, mother, daughter, daughter-in-law and mother-in-law. Attendees were in stitches as they laughed at her jokes.
This year’s honoree was Marjorie Hoffman for her work and dedication to Hadassah, which has spanned more than 24 years.
Attendees had the opportunity to shop at unique boutiques. The generous support from local merchants and vendors, who donated great raffle prizes, helped the group raise more than $15,000.
The Kochavim Group is grateful to those who donated prizes, including Alix Fray Jewelers, Allure, Alyce Ross Designs, Amanda Nine Facialist, Ayhan’s Fish on Main & Shish Kebob, Badger & Welsch, Bagel Hut/Best Bagels, Bellissimo Nail Salon, Campus & Campus, Chintz Giraffe, Daniel Shane Interiors Design, De-Al, Dr. Bodian Dermatology & Medi Spa, Ellen Lux, Emily Hsu Designs, Equinox, Facials by Bella, Flair, Great Neck Diner, Great Neck Opticians, GUESS Watches, Hair Not There, Infiniti Boutique, Inn at Great Neck, Italian Design Jewelers, Ivarrone, Jade Formals, Kjay Designs, JRM Jewelers, Kama, Kron’s Chocoloate, Landmark Worldwide, Lazar’s Chocolate, Linda Silver Designs, Little Steve’s Jewelry, Lola’s, Lonny’s, Maddy’s, Meryl Roesch, Mundy, North Shore Medical Spa, Nutritional Counseling by Alix Turoff Adwar, Pam Bilfeld Life & Health Coach, Park Avenue Skin Care Solutions, Poll Brothers Restaurants, Ray Leventhal, Red Boutique, Ronald Kwone Photography, Rotunda, Schinppers, Serene Nail & Spa, Sharon Epstein Yoga, Simply Splendid, Sophie’s Runway, Spector London Interior Design Consultation, Super Star, Susan Hanover Designs, Strands Jewelry, Swag, Sweet Temptations, Tennis Junction/Sport Set, The Coolest Giveaways, The Jewel Box, The Rex Burger & Lobster and Tray Chic.
The group also thanks everyone who contributed to the event’s success, including the energetic committee team who helped make it happen: President Meryl Faber, Sharon Cohen, Barbie Erlich, Beth Farkas, Lori Feinerman, Robin Fleishman, Hope Gany, Shari Garfinkel, Lydia Gualtieri, Marjorie Hoffman, Vivi Jaspan, Jayne Karlin, Ricki Kleinberg, Brenda Korf, Lisa Kaplan, Jill Krieger, Liza A. Schwartz and Barbara Weisen.
For more information about Hadassah, visit www.hadassah.org.