More than 750 attend Valley of the Sun JCC gala honoring Bill Levine

From left, Amy and Andrew Cohn, Susan and Bill Levine and Rachel and Jonathan Hoffer.

More than 750 people attended the Valley of the Sun JCC gala honoring Bill Levine on Nov. 19 at the Arizona Biltmore. The evening raised over $1.2 million for The J and its programs.

“It was wonderful to see so many people in the community come out to honor Bill and support an agency so near and dear to him,” said Jonathan Hoffer, who co-chaired the event with his wife Rachel.

“This was the largest fundraiser in The J’s history, both in number of attendees and money raised, which is a testament to who Bill is. The money raised will have a huge impact on The J and the members it serves.”

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton with television and Broadway star Jason Alexander.

Though he often shuns the spotlight as a very humble man, Bill Levine spoke from his heart when accepting his honor, touching on what is most important to him—his family: wife, children and grandchildren, his childhood friends, business partners and he thanked those who flew in from around the country for the event.

He shared the importance of The J in his life and his wish that The J remain a central part of the not only the Jewish community, but the greater community as well.

Former News12 newscaster Lin Sue Cooney emceed the evening, which featured entertainment by award-winning star of stage and screen Jason Alexander. He regaled guests with a special song about The J and warmly interacted with attendees as he answered their questions on a variety of topics ranging from his Jewish upbringing to an award-winning children’s book he wrote for his son.

Afterwards, major donors and sponsors were invited to a VIP reception with Mr. Alexander. The star spent time speaking with guests and posing for pictures.

The Valley of the Sun JCC is located at 12701 N. Scottsdale Road in Scottsdale.

 

 

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