Valley of the Sun JCC gala honoring Sue and Bud Selig raises $2.2M


More than 700 guests attended the Valley of the Sun JCC gala honoring Sue and Bud Selig on Dec. 8 at the Arizona Biltmore, where more than $2.2 million for The J and its programs was raised.

“It was amazing to see so many people come out in support of the inaugural William S. Levine Family Community Excellence Award given to Sue and Bud Selig and our Maya Schulder Rising Star Award winner Sara Schneider. It was the largest fundraiser in The J’s history with many thanks going to the Levine Family, our honorees, the incredible work done by lay leadership and staff and all who supported the event,” said CEO Jay Jacobs, in a prepared statement.

“The money raised will have a huge impact on The J, our members and guests and the community and we are very appreciative.”

Sue and Bud Selig were presented with The J’s inaugural William S. Levine Family Community Excellence Award for their commitment, passion, service and leadership within their community. The Seligs began coming to the Valley in the early 1970s and made it their part-time home in 1985.

Since then, they have been involved in numerous cultural and social programs throughout the community, according to a press release.

“Bud and I are very humbled by the turnout [at the event] and the money raised. We are grateful to all who attended,” said Ms. Selig in a prepared statement.

In addition, Sara Schneider received the Maya Schulder Rising Star Award for her commitment, leadership and service to transforming the lives of those who belong to The J.

“I am humbled to receive the Maya Schulder Rising Star award and to be recognized alongside the Seligs,” said Ms. Schneider in a prepared statement. “It is surreal to be honored for what I have done for The J when, in fact, my lifelong connection to The J and what it means to me, is what inspires me to be involved.”

Bob Uecker emceed the evening, which featured entertainment by acclaimed late night-show television host, stand-up comedian and best-selling author, Jay Leno. In addition to sharing his comedy, Mr. Leno helped to auction a private tour of his custom garage and car collection.

Bidding was so fast and furious, the star graciously added additional tours, the press release stated.

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

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