Wednesday, July 21, dawned as a beautiful summer morning, the kind of day when most Rhode Islanders would go to the beach if they could. Instead, approximately 125 women went to Ledgemont Country Club, in Seekonk, to support the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center (SBHEC).
What brought the women indoors was SBHEC’s Annual Luncheon and Card Party Fund Raiser. As they arrived, it seemed like a reunion of old friends as they caught up with one another while browsing through the jewelry, handbags, scarves and other items at the boutique vendor tables prior to lunch.
May-Ronny Zeidman, SBHEC’s executive director, was overjoyed by the turnout and declared, “This is largest one yet! We are so grateful to Sandra Bornstein for hosting and being the driving force behind this event.”
After lunch, and before the games began, SBHEC board member Myrna Aronson told the crowd about the mission of the organization that they had come to support. She then introduced SBHEC President Edward Newman, who briefly spoke about the importance of Holocaust education and how, with rising nationalism around the world, it is more relevant than ever to ensure that Never Again truly means Never Again.
Then it was time for bridge, canasta, mahjong and Scrabble.
Throughout the afternoon, raffle prizes were also awarded to the players, who generously purchased hundreds of tickets.
As the event wound down, everyone agreed it felt good to raise funds for a serious and important cause while also having a great time.
The Bornstein Center gratefully acknowledges the volunteers who helped throughout the day and thanks the women whose donations made the event a success.
LEV POPLOW is a communications consultant who writes for the Bornstein Holocaust Center. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.