Fun and games for a good cause: The Bornstein Holocaust Center


July 18 was a beautiful summer day. It was the kind of day when a typical Rhode Islander would want to be at the beach, or a park, or on a boat. Instead, about 100 local women came together to support Providence’s Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center (SBHEC).

The reason they were indoors on a summer day was SBHEC’s Annual Luncheon & Card Party, held at Ledgemont Country Club, in Seekonk, Massachusetts.

Seeing everyone gather as the fundraiser began was like watching a reunion of old friends. And, as many of these women participate in the event year after year, it was a reunion of sorts: a reunion for a good cause.

Before lunch, the women enjoyed some shopping. SBHEC had arranged for a variety of vendors to offer jewelry, handbags, scarves and more.  A portion of the proceeds from all items sold was donated to SBHEC.

SBHEC board members Myrna Aronson and Barbara Wahlberg spoke briefly during the luncheon. Aronson thanked everyone for being there to support the organization, and Wahlberg spoke about the curriculum SBHEC is helping to develop for the mandatory Holocaust and Genocide education program that will be taught in R.I. schools starting in September.

The Bornstein Holocaust Center gratefully acknowledges and thanks the women whose sponsor donations made the day a success. There were three levels of sponsorship: Diamonds were Sandy Bornstein, Bonnie Dwares, Donna Frank, Grace Goldberg and Jo-An Kaplan; Spades were Dorothy Lampal, Barbara Lavine and Elaine Weiss; and Hearts were Patty Alperin, Bobbie Andreozzi, Marcia Blacher, Alice Boss, Beverly Cohen, Sherry Cohen, Susan Froelich, Nancy Harris, Sue Kahn, Maybeth Lichaa, Ruth Page, Joyce Robinson, Miriam Shana, Ina Wasserman, Paula Ruggiero and Marjorie Torgan.

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