Contact: Derek Saker,
Director of Communications
OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services
OHEL 40th Anniversary Annual Dinner â€“ February 21, 2010;
Moishe Hellman, President of OHEL announced that the Annual Dinner of OHEL Childrenâ€™s Home and Family Services will be held on Sunday, February 21, 2010, 5:30PM reception, 6:30PM dinner, at the New York Hilton. The gala event celebrates the agencyâ€™s milestone 40th year anniversary. For four decades, OHEL has elevated the lives of thousands of individuals and families with a compassionate vision, unwavering dedication and impeccable professionalism. OHELâ€™s fresh new logo and slogan, â€śElevating Lives Every Day,â€ť match the continued vibrancy of its commitment to every member of the community that needs its help.
OHEL is proud to share this special evening with deserving Honorees. The Hon. Andrew Cuomo, Attorney General of New York State, will be the Keynote Speaker. The Hon. Sheldon Silver is to be Honorary Chairman. More than 1,300 people are expected to attend this yearâ€™s Dinner.
OHEL Annual Dinner Guests of Honor this year are Gloria and Harvey Kaylie; A.J. and Leah Schreiber, Community Leadership Award; Hy Hetherington, CEO of Superior Glacier and HLP, Corporate Man of the Year; Â the Bert Fried and Leon Hofman Families, Community Partnership Award in Mental Health; and Rachel and Jona Rechnitz, Young Leadership Honorees. Â OHELâ€™s Dinner Honorees have demonstrated an exemplary commitment to protecting and enhancing the lives of people of all ages and are among OHELâ€™s most loyal friends and supporters.
Gloria and Harvey Kaylie, Guests of Honor â€“ The Kaylieâ€™s dedication to OHELâ€™s clients is legendary. Â They have made a special commitment to helping individuals in the community with developmental disabilities and those that struggle with mental illness, from volunteering at OHEL to sponsoring trips for children with disabilities. They are benefactors of the Marvin Kaylie Center at Tikvah, Brooklyn, NY. The Kaylieâ€™s gifts of time and resources to elevate the lives of adults and children in need are a powerful reminder that our community always will come together to help those in need. Mr. Kaylie is founder and CEO of Mini Circuits. Â The Kaylies reside in Kingspoint, NY.
A.J. & Leah Schreiber, Community Leadership Award â€“ Mr. Schreiber is a long-time friend and devoted Board member with a history of family involvement in OHEL. His parents, Barry and Batsheva Schreiber, are loyal OHEL supporters, were former Annual Dinner honorees and his father was an OHEL Board member. Mr. Schreiber is managing director at the National Healthcare Practice of RSM McGladrey Business Consulting Services where he manages the healthcare-technology consulting group. The Schreibers live in Teaneck, NJ.
Hy Hetherington, Corporate Man of the Year â€“ Mr. Hetherington is Chief Executive Officer of SuperiorGlacier and managing partner and founder of HLP Integration. SuperiorGlacier is a litigation support company with offices in New York, Chicago, Dallas, and Washington, DC. Mr. Hetherington has had the opportunity to work on some of the highest profile legal matters in the United States. He is a determined and visionary supporter who understands, on the deepest level, the ways in which OHEL has elevated the lives of children and adults with disabilities.
The Bert Fried & Leon Hofman Families, Community Partnership Award in Mental Health â€“ The Fried and Hofman Families are pioneers in the mental health care industry. Widely admired as exemplary advocates, caregivers, and protectors of people living with mental disabilities, the Fried and Hofman families have created warm and loving homes for many disabled members of our community. Â Both families came to the United States over 40 years ago to build a life filled with chessed and yidishkeit. OHEL is proud to recognize their accomplishments and invaluable work in the field of mental health.
Jona & Rachel Rechnitz, Young Leadership Honorees â€“ The Rechnitzâ€™s were involved in the development of OHELâ€™s Young Leadership division. Â Mr. Rechnitz was a founding member of OHELâ€™s Swish-A-Thon. He also served as an advisor to the 2006 OHEL Benefit Concert dedicated to Holocaust Survivors and their families, and, as an avid devotee of Jewish music, he also has produced other concerts. Â For the past three years Jona has served as Director of Acquisitions and Disposition at Africaâ€“Israel, controlled by its Chairman, Mr. Lev Leviev. Â He recently started his own new venture, JSR Capital, a real estate investment, development, and management company located in NYC.
According to Mr. Hellman a matching gift program will again be instituted this year in conjunction with the Annual Dinner. An anonymous donor will contribute $1 for every $2 contributed to the Mel and Phyllis Zachter OHEL Endowment Fund up to $500,000. The Fund serves to help secure OHELâ€™s future.
This yearâ€™s Dinner co-chairs are Saul N. Friedman and Chaim Kaminetzky. Â They are joined by Joey Bodner, Efroim Fasten, Zvi Gurevich, Elly Kleinman, Russel Lake, Chaim Marcovici, Dr. Stephen Rosenfeld, MD FACC, Bennett Schachter and Y. David Scharf, Esq. The Journal Chairpersons are Miriam Lubling, Jay Kestenbaum, Martin Hofman, Daniel Lifschutz and Dr. Dov Zeidman. Moishe Hellman serves as President of OHEL Bais Ezra, and Ronny Hersh is President of the Rose and Maurice Halpern Lifetime Care Foundation for the Jewish Disabled.
The Annual Dinner is OHELâ€™s most important fundraising event of the year, securing Â essential funds to support OHELâ€™s operational budget. Â Said Mr. Hellman, â€śMany key services and programs provided by OHEL are not covered by government programsâ€”the special personalized care OHEL provides to every client places a significant financial burden on the agency and makes the dollars raised for operational support through the Annual Dinner all the more critical.â€ťÂ
â€śPlease partner with us in making this yearâ€™s Dinner a milestone success,â€ť he continued. â€śAnd please join us in recognizing the achievements and efforts of our Honorees as you support the children and families of OHEL. We celebrate this special 40th anniversary during times that are especially challenging for so many. Our clients need usâ€”and we need youâ€”now more than ever before."
For Annual Dinner reservations, to place a Journal ad, or to learn more about the event, please call 718-972- 9338 or visit www.OHELdinner.org.
OHEL Bais Ezra is a pioneering social services agency that delivers a breadth of innovative programs and services for individuals and families at risk, and individuals with developmental or psychiatric disabilities, in both residential and out-patient settings. Founded in 1969 and with close to 100 residences, apartments and more than 30 diverse programs, OHEL services have been consistently ranked #1 by New York City. Touching the lives of thousands of individuals at every stage, and every day, OHELâ€™s professional services are available throughout New York, New Jersey and South Florida. These services include Housing, Foster Care, Out-Patient Counseling, At Home Based Services, School Based Services, Abuse Services and Camps.Â