The Jewish Community Center of Greater Pittsburgh has announced that the in-person portion of its 16th annual Big Night fundraising event — “The Roaring 20s” — has been canceled due to the “unpredictable path of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current spike in active cases.”
This year’s event, co-chaired by Marcie and Matthew Weinstein and Sam and Josh Klein, was planned for March 5.
In lieu of in-person programming, the JCC will create a celebration to thank donors and will proceed with its auction and raffle.
The decision to cancel the in-person event “reflects the JCC’s unwavering commitment throughout the past two years to support the health and well-being of our community, informed by CDC Guidelines and the guidance of medical experts and health authorities,” JCC officials said in a press release.
“While we are deeply disappointed that conditions are not yet conducive for us to host our Big Night celebration in person, this does not mean we won’t have fun,” said Brian Schreiber, JCC’s president and CEO. “The JCC is profoundly thankful for sponsorships and donations that we have received for Big Night. Since Big Night is first and foremost an opportunity to recognize the incredible support of our friends and community, we will find a path to acknowledge our donors and celebrate in a different way during this challenging environment.”
Big Night has been an important fundraiser for the JCC’s Annual Fund, which supports day-to-day operations and scholarships.
“Big Night is especially critical this year in helping the JCC to rebuild from the unprecedented financial effects of the Covid 19 pandemic,” said Cathy Samuels, the JCC’s chief development officer. “The JCC needs and welcomes support.”
Community members can still participate in Big Night “as a sponsor or donor, purchase raffle tickets and bid in the silent auction,” said Fara Marcus, the JCC’s director of development and marketing. “Sponsors will receive a unique hand-delivered gift in appreciation of their support in lieu of event admission. Now, all sponsors will receive ads in our ad book and recognition in gifts that will be distributed throughout our community, in print and digital advertising, and in JCC social media and publications. And we will have a livestreamed component for our auction and raffle on March 5.”
Tickets are available now for the A&L Motor Sales Luxury Automobile Raffle. The Big Night Boom Time Auction of luxury items and experiences will be launched in February.
Sponsorships, donations and raffle tickets can be purchased here. PJC
— Toby Tabachnick