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Spring Phone-A-Thon raised $86,000 for Federation campaign

Scottsdale, AZ (May 20, 2015) – Seventy volunteers gathered at the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus on Sun., May 3 for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix’s Make-the-Call Spring Phone-A-Thon. Callers raised more than $86,000 for the Federation’s 2015 Annual Campaign, including $11,000 in new and increased gifts.

“I am very proud. I loved the team I worked with: Gail Ober, Amanda Garcia and the Schons. It was a pleasure putting it together,” said Susan Farber who co-chaired the event with Gail Ober.

There was a lot of energy in the room as volunteers vied for prizes with a little friendly competition. Ed Ober won Diamondbacks tickets and Julee Shahon won tickets to Phantom of the Opera. Plenty of other prizes added to the fun. Moishe House won a $500 incentive grant as the Federation-funded organization with the most volunteer presence.

“We wanted to keep it upbeat with prizes, refreshments and decorations. We rang a bell every time someone got a donation and made sure everyone had the information they needed to share the amazing impact the Federation campaign makes and where the money goes,” added Farber. “It was great to see how much the community at-large believes in the work of the Federation. That was displayed by such a large number of volunteers and people who donated.”

“The phone-a-thon was a smashing success,” said Stuart Wachs, president and CEO of the Federation. “The energy was fantastic. We had more people than we have had in years and a lot of new faces, including a good number of young adults.”

The annual campaign raises funds for Jews in need and to build vibrant Jewish communities in Greater Phoenix, Israel and 70 countries throughout the world. Contributions to the Federation’s annual campaign can be made at

About the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix
The Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix exists to strengthen and sustain a vibrant, inclusive community that enriches lives through Jewish values, innovation and stewardship. We embrace each generation across all walks of life, and provide funding to services and programs that help develop toddlers, engage children, motivate teens, challenge young adults, inspire adults, connect families and benefit the elderly. Our purpose is to ensure the long-term viability of our Jewish community by providing leadership, financial support, and synergy with other Jewish organizations in Greater Phoenix area, Israel and around the world.

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