“Game Over!” said Jeremy Krupnick, 2016 Super Sunday Steering co-chair, as he approached his fellow committee members after the Tidewater Jewish community’s annual Super Sunday phone-a-thon on January 31.
“You aren’t going to believe this,” Krupnick said, as he uncapped a dryerase marker, wiped away the previous total on the game-themed tally board, and increased the amount by $20,000.
The updated total resulted in cheers and high-fives all around as the young adult members of the Super Sunday steering committee who had organized and staffed the event, congratulated one another.
The day’s totals were among the highest in Super Sunday’s 35-year history in Tidewater: 289 individual donors made gifts – 77 of them were new donors. More than 80 volunteers participated, including 20 walk-ins. Super Sunday raised more than $108,000, exceeding the committee’s goal by nearly $10,000. Additional donations continue to trickle in. “Super
Sunday provides a great boost for the Campaign, and gets everyone to continue giving throughout the year,” Brandon Terkeltaub, Super Sunday co-chair, said. “We had a wonderful committee that turned this into a great success.”
Krupnick agreed. “Today far exceeded any expectations. We’re so proud of all the volunteers and donors who stepped up today, and I hope this inspires more people to get involved.”
A senior loan officer with Coastal Home Mortgage Co., Krupnick enlisted his company’s support as a Super Sunday corporate sponsor. Coastal Home Mortgage also provided a $2,000 matching grant for donors who made contributions as they worked out in the Simon Family JCC fitness center. More than $7,500 came in from the combined exercise incentive and grant—which was new this year.
“From a corporate perspective, to see how much good the Federation does—not only in our community, but around the world—made us happy and proud to play a small part in the day,” said Krupnick.
Donors who make gifts on Super Sunday play a significant part in the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater’s Annual Campaign. They enable the UJFT to allocate funds to Jewish organizations and programs locally, such as Jewish Family Service, Strelitz Early Childhood Education Center, and the Holocaust Commission. Funds raised during the Annual Campaign are also distributed to national and international Jewish organizations to help Jews in need, strengthen Jewish communities, and ensure Israel’s survival.
To see more photos from Super Sunday 2016, visit www.fb.com/UJFTidewater/photos. To learn more about how these gifts make a difference and to contribute to the UJFT’s Annual Campaign, visit www.JewishVA.org.
By Laine M. Rutherford