Henry Winkler to Share His Story at THE EVENT


BOCA RATON, FL – From synagogues, partner agencies and schools, and from long-time donors of all ages to newcomers, hundreds from throughout South Palm Beach County’s diverse Jewish community will come together on Feb. 23, at Congregation B’nai Torah, 6261 Southwest 18th Street in Boca Raton, to acknowledge and celebrate all the good the community does together at THE EVENT. They’ll also hear from Henry Winkler, an iconic Golden Globe and Emmy Award-winning actor, producer, author and adventurer, best known for his unforgettable, award-winning role of “The Fonz” on Happy Days for 10 seasons. Festivities will kick off at 6:30 p.m. with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres and a showcase of the Jewish community’s wealth of resources. At 7:30 p.m., the program will remind the audience of how much the South Palm Beach County Jewish community’s help means for neighbors and the global Jewish family. They’ll also hear about recipients whose lives have been changed through this assistance, demonstrating the power of this community to make a difference. Then, in his own humorous way, Winkler will relate his Jewish journey amid anecdotes from his decades as a popular actor. In addition to acting, Winkler began writing a series of children’s novels with his partner, Lin Oliver, entitled, Hank Zipzer: The World’s Greatest Under-Achiever in 2003. The books are inspired by Winkler’s struggle throughout his education due to his learning challenges and have appeared on several best-seller lists including, The New York Times and The Los Angeles Times. In 2011, he published a collection of anecdotes and heartfelt observations entitled I Never Met an Idiot on the River. The book is a collection of the lessons and photos Winkler gathered while fly fishing in Montana. Continuing his love for children’s books, Winkler released the first installment of a new series in January 2012 entitled Ghost Buddy #1: Zero to Hero. Winkler will be starring in NBC’s celebrity adventure show Better Late Than Never, premiering in 2016. Taking a note from The Amazing Race, Winkler, alongside Terry Bradshaw, William Shatner and George Foreman, will be heading across Asia in search of new adventures and life-changing experiences in the highly anticipated new reality series. “Last year, THE EVENT drew more than 600 people from throughout our vibrant, diverse Jewish community who came together to celebrate how we are able to do so much for so many,” said Nancy Gefen, who is co-chairing the evening, together with her husband, Greg, and Chuck and Gayle Lichtman, along with founding chairs Debra and Larry Halperin. “With an even wider array of synagogue, school and agency partners and committed volunteers, more of our neighbors are motivated to come together this year to support our community’s efforts,” she said. “We are excited to hear from guest speaker Henry Winkler, a legendary actor and producer whose remarks promise to be both entertaining and inspiring,” said Chuck Lichtman. “There’s a real renaissance taking place in our Jewish community, and THE EVENT will be a unique occasion to celebrate and amplify this growing awareness and pride in how we feed, protect, teach, inspire, save and comfort so many. It’s an amazing opportunity to celebrate our collective strength and our unsurpassed potential to do even more, while educating and engaging the future generation in our vital mission of giving back.” This special night benefiting the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County will offer great food (dietary laws observed), entertainment and company for a cover charge of $95 per person. A minimum household contribution of $365 to the 2016 Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign is required to attend. Valet parking will be available. Early registration is recommended at www.jewishboca.org/theevent. For more information, call (561) 852-5031 or email KathleenB@bocafed.org.