The 35th ANNIVERSARY of Women in Power sponsored by National Council of Jewish Women. The NCJW Women in Power Luncheon has honored some of the most outstanding, accomplished and deserving women in our community for 35 years.
THIS IS GOING TO BE A YEAR TO REMEMBER!!!!
To celebrate the occasion our luncheon will be supported, for the first time, by sponsors, with 25% of the net proceeds going to our scholarship fund supporting non-traditional college students. Another first will be a sponsor’s reception the evening before. Don’t miss this opportunity to honor these four dedicated and spectacular women as well as the women of NCJW who, every day, give their heart and soul to our Sarasota-Manatee community. Contact: Geri Serot – Chair firstname.lastname@example.org or 941-556-9363. See below for more information.
KT Curran is a film director, published playwright, screenwriter, and professional Equity actress with numerous films, commercials, shorts, and plays published and viewed worldwide. She is the Artistic Director of SOURCE PRODUCTIONS for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, an award-winning theatre and film company for young adults. As the Director of SOURCE PRODUCTIONS for Planned Parenthood, KT has led the program to national prominence with live theatre and film productions that are seen by hundreds of thousands each year. This year, KT is writing and directing a feature film, The First Time Club, a new movie about high risk teens that is produced in our community and involves over fifty youth and young adult performers. Her live theatre performances with SOURCE Productions have been featured at Sarasota and Manatee middle and high schools for over twenty years, educating our children on such vital topics as bullying, teen pregnancy, HIV/AIDS, drug addiction, and most important – the importance of healthy decision-making, believing in yourself, and finding a sense of self-efficacy.
Sue Jacobson is a retired attorney who came to Sarasota from Upstate New York eighteen years ago. In Sarasota, Sue has followed her passion to do what she can to improve the lives of others. She has enjoyed a long involvement, including serving as Board chair, with JFCS of the Suncoast and with the West Coast Florida Region of AJC. She is a member of the Boards of Pines of Sarasota Foundation, supporting Sarasota’s premier not-for-profit senior care community, and of the New College Foundation, supporting Florida’s honors college. At New College, Sue has been involved with the Daughters for Life Scholarship program, which provides full scholarships to women of all religions from the Middle East. She worked to help develop community support and funding for the program, which seeks to bring positive change and peace to the Middle East and the world through education for women. Sue is also a member of the Board of Canandaigua Trust Company of Florida and an alumna of Leadership Sarasota.
Dr. Lisa Merritt is a board-certified physiatrist, focusing on traumatic brain injury and pain management, including sports and work-related injuries. Over the past three decades, she has been a passionate and unrelenting advocate for elimination of health inequities. She founded the Multicultural Health Institute (MHI) in Sacramento, California in 1995, to focus attention on such inequities and on the economic impact of prevention strategies. Since its founding, MHI has impacted communities in Sacramento, Atlanta and now Sarasota. Locally, through her work at MHI, Dr. Merritt has been a difference maker, raising the profile of health disparities and prevention strategies in the Sarasota/Manatee area wellness conversation, and addressing a local, state and national deficit by increasing the pipeline of future health leaders, especially women and people of color. Dr. Merritt has authored numerous articles on multicultural health issues, physical medicine / rehabilitation and integrative medicine topics, and has also lectured both nationally and internationally on such issues.
Bunny Skirboll founded Compeer Inc. in 1975. Compeer is an international non-profit organization, 52 Chapters world-wide, that pairs children and adults who are in mental health treatment with a volunteer to help them lead healthy more productive lives while on the road to recovery. Bunny was the Executive Director until she retired in 2004. In 2011 she started a Compeer Chapter in Sarasota and is Chairman of the Board. She wrote a book “Compeer, Recovery through the Healing Power of Friends” and presently serves on Compeer Inc.’s Board of Directors. Upon moving to Sarasota in 2004, she immediately became involved in many community organizations and assumed leadership positions in: Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation – Board of Directors (2007 to present), Co-chair of Women’s Division and other various community events, Chair of Lion of Judah event, Chair of Women’s Seder, and Major Donor event. Bunny serves on the Board of Directors of Canandaigua National Trust of Florida and she is a Board member of Glasser-Schoenbaum Human Service Center and has chaired many of their Galas. She was also the chair of Maestro Society and opening brunches for the Sarasota Orchestra.
PRESENTING SPONSOR $ 5,000
PATRON SPONSOR $ 2,500
PARTNER SPONSOR $ 1,000
SPONSOR $ 500
SUPPORTER $ 250
FRIEND $ 125
INDIVIDUAL TICKET $ 75