• Community Day School presents inaugural Goldie Feldman Legacy Event

    Betty and Ed Rosenthal, honorees for the first annual Goldie Feldman Legacy Gala

    The Hershorin Schiff Community Day School is pleased to present its first annual Goldie Feldman Legacy Event, this year honoring community leaders and philanthropists Ed and Betty Rosenthal. The celebration takes place on Saturday, April 22, 7:00 p.m. at Sweetgrass Farms (8350 Carolina St., Sarasota).

    The event is named after Goldie Feldman, whose generous gift in 1992 served to kick-start the capital campaign that made the opening of the school possible in 1992. Her gift made the vision of an outstanding Jewish day school in Sarasota a reality. While Feldman will not be able to attend the gala, her son, Barry Green, is planning to fly in from Canada to attend on her behalf.

    Ed and Betty Rosenthal were selected as the recipients of the award this inaugural year in recognition of their support in establishing the Papa Ed and Mimi Rosenthal Organic Kibbutz Sustainability Garden and Outdoor Classroom, the Community Remember Me Holocaust Organic Fruit Tree Orchard, and the Go Green Fund, which sponsors a professional horticulturalist to tend to the organic garden and orchard. With the Rosenthals’ support, Community Day School uses fresh produce to prepare daily snacks, donates food to All Faiths Food Bank as well as Romaine lettuce for sea turtles, manatees and other marine life at Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium, and offers a student-run market garden every Friday during carpool.

    They were also substantial contributors to the new Mobile Classroom Van, which has been on the road all year, taking students on the road for real-life educational opportunities throughout the community. Additionally, Ed and Betty’s commitment to arts education has made it possible each year for every child to experience a theater production at Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall.

    “The Rosenthals have, for many years, shown leadership and a heartfelt commitment toward our school,” said Community Day head of school Dan Ceaser. “They are generous, innovative, and always at the forefront of showcasing pride in our Jewish history and culture, concern for our fellow man, and a deep passion for being good stewards of the Earth. They are true visionaries and their legacy will be felt for generations to come within our school community.”

    Highlights of this event to include cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres catered by Innovative Dining (and created using fruits and herbs from Sweetgrass Farms), a walking tour of the grounds, and music.

    Tickets start at $200; numerous sponsorship opportunities are available. For further information, contact Community Day School’s director of resource development, Sheri Weiss, at SWeiss@CommunityDay.org or (941) 552-2770.

    About Hershorin Schiff Community Day School
    The mission of the Hershorin Schiff Community Day School, which serves students in preschool through eighth grade, is to prepare students of all faiths to impact the world through academic excellence, global citizenship, and compassionate action. Community Day offers a rigorous, project-based academic program in a diverse and vibrant learning environment rooted in the Jewish values of honesty, integrity, mutual trust and respect. For more information, visit the website at communityday.org or call (941) 552-2770.

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