A Gala to Benefit Jewish Family Service
Professionally Choreographed Dance Competition - Dinner
Saturday, November 3, 2018 Jack Cincinnati Casino private ballroom
Click the arrow below to watch a short video highlighting the excitement from the evening!
Thank you to our 8 dancers who helped us raise
nearly $201,000 in individual donations and sponsorships.
Click on the dancers below to see videos and photos of their dances.
Eight generous community members volunteered to dance at Jewish Family Service’s 2018 Dancing with our Stars gala to help the agency fund its important programs including Heldman Family Food Pantry and Center for Holocaust Survivors. The professionally choreographed dance competition was held Saturday, November 3 at Jack Cincinnati Casino.
Nearly 500 attendees cheered for Marty Betagole, Brooke Guigui, Ross Evans, Oscar Jarnicki, Matt Hiudt, Michael Woloshin, Ghita Sarembock, and Amy Rubenstein, who collectively raised almost $201,000 in individual donations and sponsorships.
Barak Shapiro, WCPO First Warning Meteorologist, brought humor as the emcee of the gala, which was co-chaired by Meryl Juran and Judy Kadetz.
Marty ran away, or should it be “danced” away, with the top prize. By raising $41,245, she received the Dancers’ Choice Gold award. This award was presented to the dancer who raised the most money through individual donations and sponsorships to help Jewish Family Service strengthen lives in times of need. Each $1 donation to the agency equaled one vote.
Although neck to neck leading into the evening, a strong surge of voting during the gala pushed Brooke past Ross to win the Donors’ Choice Silver award for raising the second highest amount of total dollars at $32,334. Brooke also won the People’s Choice award, presented to the dancer who received the highest votes by gala attendees.
Michael dazzled the celebrity panel of judges with his footwork and connection with his dance partner (and friend, Briana Warm), to win the Judges’ Choice award. David Lyman, dance and theatre writer; Megan Mitchell, WLWT weekend morning anchor; and Dr. Nicholas Marko, University of Cincinnati Brain Tumor Center Neurosurgeon and Director, added to the fun of the evening with insightful and humorous feedback about all of the dancers’ performances.
Rene Micheo, a former Principal Dancer with Cincinnati Ballet, was the artistic director for the 3rd time. He also choreographed a surprise performance by nine Alumni Dancers who danced and raised money for the first two Jewish Family Service Dancing with our Stars galas in 2014 and 2016. Amy Ackerman, Joel Ellison, Brian Goldberg, Carrie Goldhoff, Ken Hiudt, Nina Paul, Hank Schneider, David Solomon, and Brett Stern donned costumes from the 70’s and danced to Mama Mia.
“This evening was fabulous and fun. But most important was the support Jewish Family Service received from the dancers, the individuals who voted for them, and the gala sponsors who help our knowledgeable staff promote stability and wellness to families experiencing hunger and mental illness at our Barbash Family Vital Support Center; mentor youth toward reaching their highest potential in school and life; and assist older adults and their family caregivers with the help they need to manage their independence and live the best quality life possible,” said Jewish Family Service CEO Liz Vogel. “I especially want to thank co-chairs Meryl and Judy, and committee chairs Jessi Baer, Susan Brenner, Amy Diamond, Alyce Ellison, MJ Guttman, Datina Juran, and Nina Paul for volunteering their time to make the gala a success.”
Thank you to all who came out to support Dancing with our Stars
Thank you to our Alumni Dancers
Thank you to our Alumni Dancers Brett Stern, David Solomon, Nina Paul, Hank Schneider, Carrie Goldhoff, Ken Hiudt, Amy Ackerman, Joel Ellison, and Brian Goldberg from 2014 and 2016 Dancing with our Stars galas who kickstarted the night with such energy!
Click the arrow below to watch their dance (and rehearsal) on this unofficial video taken with a GoPro at the foot of the stage.
Thank you to the Professional Dancers for this moving tribute
We thank our Artistic Director Rene Micheo together with the professional dancers Melissa Gilfin, Edward Gonzalez, Abbey Kay, Joszef Parragh, Savannah Sexton and Briana Warm for this touching tribute honoring the memory of the victims of the shooting at Pittsburgh's Tree of Life synagogue, which occurred only a week before our gala. Click below to watch.
Thank you to our Chairs, Host, Judges, and Artistic Director
Judy Kadetz and Meryl Juran
David Lyman, Arts Writer
Megan Mitchell, WLWT Anchor/Reporter
Nicholas Marko, MD, UC Brain Tumor Center Neurosurgeon and Director
Rene Micheo Goldstein
And... Thank you to our Sponsors
Waltz Sponsors ($10,000+)
Larry & Kim Juran
Andi Levenson Young & Scott Young
Samba Sponsors ($5,000 - $9,999)
Sara & Richard Behrman/Bellweather Enterprise
Miriam Warshauer-Cohen and Wilbur Cohen
Essig & Evans LLP
Oscar & Cindy Jarnicki
The Jewish Foundation of Cincinnati
The Jewish Hospital - Mercy Health
Nina & Eddie Paul
Scene 75 Entertainment Center
Union and Guardian Savings Bank
Cha Cha Sponsors ($3,000 - $4,999)
Amy Diamond & Eddie Wolf
Roberta Fisher, Arna & Bobby Fisher, Suzette & Michael Fisher, Evelyn & Marc Fisher
Mary-Bob & Jack Rubenstein
Abby and David Schwartz
Anita & George Stewart and Family
Tango Sponsors ($1,500 - $2,999)
A Miracle Home Care Co./Meda-Care Transportation, Inc.
Marcie & Nathan Bachrach
Steve & Carol Boymel
Susan Brenner & Steven Mombach
Philip & Sheila Cohen
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP – Michael S. Glassman
David & Kari Ellis
Dr. Tom Goldman, Audiologist, Hearing Services of Kenwood
Allan & Melissa Goldstein Charitable Foundation
Linda & Gary Greenberg
Louis & Beth Guttman
Joan & Stephen Guttman
Heiman Family Foundation
Patti & Fred Heldman
Mona & Richard Kerstine
Mark & Robin Miller
J.P. Morgan Private Bank
Perfect Solutions AV
Sue Price & Family
Scott M. Slovin & Sherri Goren Slovin
Izar & Stacey Spivak
Debra & Michael Steinbuch
The Urology Group
Liz & Jordan Vogel
Weil Funeral Home
Western & Southern Financial Group
Patron Sponsors ($500)
Bruce & Kitzi Baker
The Coleman Family
Dov Limited/Hank Schneider
Friendly Care Agency
Julie & Roger Heldman
Karen & David Hoguet
Scott & Patricia Joseph
JVS Career Services
Fred & Kathy Kanter
Jeanne & Bruce Matthews
Susan Shorr & Dennis Mitman
John & Nancy Silverman
Nancy and Ray Warren
Marilyn and Thomas Zemboch
And here is a highlight video from our Inaugural Event in 2014:
Since 1943, Jewish Family Service has played a vital role in responding to the constantly changing challenges and stresses of everyday life experienced by individuals and families in Greater Cincinnati.
Jewish Family Service, a 501(c)3 non-profit agency, strengthens lives of people in times of need by providing social services that guide them along their road to stability, self-reliance, and personal growth. Your support helps us promote stability and wellness to families experiencing hunger and mental illness; mentor youth toward reaching their highest potential in school and life; and assist older adults with the help they need to manage their independence and live the best quality life possible.
This is accomplished through Aging and Caregiver Services, Care Management, Emergency Financial Support, Bigs & Littles Youth Mentoring, and the Jewish Family Service Heldman Family Food Pantry at our Barbash Family Vital Support Center.