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Fall phone-a-thon raises $70,000+ for annual campaign

By October 27, 2015July 21st, 2017Federation Notes
Susan and Gail
Co-Chairs Susan Farber and Gail Ober are all smiles over the $70,000+ raised by 140 volunteers during the fall phone-a-thon (photo by Daniel Spiegelman)

One hundred forty volunteers gathered at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Super Week fall phone-a-thon. Callers raised more than $70,000 for the Federation’s 2015 Annual Campaign, including $17,926 in new and increased gifts. The fall phone-a-thon took place over two days: Super Sunday, Oct. 11 and Super Tuesday, Oct. 13.

“It was wonderful to see the community come together, including many young people,” said Gail Ober who co-chaired the event with Susan Farber.

Gail and Susan planned a fun, family friendly event. Teens were invited to make calls alongside their parents. Younger children participated in fun activities, including PJ Library story time, a Just 3 Things food drive for Jewish Children & Family Service foster children and a tzedakah box.

There was a lot of energy with live music by guitarist Gal Drimmer and free onsite service from Scott’s Computer Repairs. Laura Charnofsky won Gammage theatre tickets and Rabbi Levi Levertov won free yogurt from Zoyo for a year. Plenty of other raffle prizes added to the fun.

Eighteen community agencies participated, including volunteers from ASU Hillel, Jewish Student Union and Yeshiva High School. The three student organizations each received a $500 incentive grant for having the most volunteers.

“A big thanks to all the volunteers who made calls,” said Gail. “The Jewish community as a team made a big difference by supporting the work of the Federation and they had fun at the same time.”

Stuart Wachs, president and CEO of the Federation echoed Gail’s sentiments, “The Super Week phone-a-thon is about so much more than money. It was great to see so many people come together, including families, to support Jews in need in our community, in Israel and around the world.”

The 2015 Annual Campaign is co-chaired by Don and Esther Schon. Contributions can be made at

Many young people contributed to the phone-a-thon’s success, including those from ASU Hillel and Yeshiva High School (photos by Daniel Spiegelman)