[Pictured above:  Jay Spector, JEVS President and CEO (standing, second from left) with youth clients who shared their personal stories of success at the Gala.  Pictured left to right, (back) Adam Fuerman, Jay, Regine Pierre and Gentil Ndizihiwe, (front) Annie Kramer-Golinkoff]

More than 500 friends and supporters gathered at JEVS’ 75th Anniversary Gala on March 27th, celebrating the agency’s mission and history, while providing for continued client success in the future. Focusing on the achievement of independence for young adults, we introduced everyone to Annie Kramer-Golinkoff (JEVS intern-turned-employee), Regine Pierre (from our PASS/Prep4Success program), Adam Fuerman (from Philadelphia Independence Network) and Gentil Ndizihiwe (Center for New Americans client and Project WOW graduate). These remarkable young people shared their stories of success – their personal movement to the next desired step in their individual lives – thanks to their determination and help from JEVS.

In addition, we had the pleasure of honoring Vivian and Oscar (Ossie) Lasko, generous supporters who helped to fund the construction of our Orleans Technical College facility location (and the campus now named for Oscar) and who support our Lasko College Prep Program.  >>Watch the tribute video

To end our celebration, the incredibly talented Benj Pasek, Academy Award winning song writer and lyricist behind the Broadway smash Dear Evan Hansen, Ben Platt, star of the show, and Ben Cohn, musical director and conductor, performed “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen and a variety of songs that left the audience in awe.  >>Watch a clip of the performance

>> View the 75th Anniversary Gala photo gallery

In the News

  • NBC 10 News’ Tracy Davidson interviewed President & CEO Jay Spector to talk about our organization’s 75-year history of helping refugees find employment and a new life in America. Gentil, a client of our Center for New Americans, shared his positive experiences working with JEVS after arriving in Philadelphia from a refugee camp in Rwanda.  >>Watch the interview
  • JEVS was also featured in an article from the Jewish Exponent that talks about our 75 years of service to our community, President & CEO Jay Spector’s thoughts on the future of our organization and the story of Mohammed, a remarkable client turned JEVS’ employee.
  • An opinion column, written by Board member Bob Levine, on JEVS’ continued relevance and our 75th anniversary was featured in the Jewish Exponent.
  • Columnist Bonnie Squires wrote an opinion piece about our 75th Anniversary Gala in the Main Line Times.
  • In addition, on February 27th, Squires also interviewed President & CEO Jay Spector on “Bonnie’s Beat.”  >>Watch the interview

Fundraising Total

Thanks to the support of our many event sponsors, attendees and donors, JEVS’ 75th Anniversary Gala raised more than $570,000 to help grow our youth programs. The need for philanthropic support is greater than ever and we are here with proven programs young people – and all people – need to succeed. If you are inspired to get involved, you can invest in our mission here.

A special thank you to our Gala Committee and our Board of Directors for all of their hard work to make this event a success!

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