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PAGE 2A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, MAY 4, 2018 Keith Levitt By Julie Capps When golfers hit the greens on Sunday, May 6, for the sixth annual Pavilion Golf Society Tournament, not only will they be raising funds for the Orlando Senior Help Desk, - they will be giving a Tiger Woods celebratory fist pump to this year's tournament honoree Keith Levitt. Levitt's involvement in the community is well-known throughout Orange County. Born in Queens, NY, and raised in Maitland by parents Ken and Jackie, Levitt has been a member of The Roth Family JCC since its begin- ning. For over 15 years Levitt, along with fellow community volunteer Eli Bercovici, helped organize and run the JCC's annual 5K fundraiser. Levitt is an active runner himself, having completed a lifetime goal of running a marathon in all 52 states, and has now completed 83 marathons total. "Keith is a tremendous guy," said Bercovici. "He believes in community. He's very Jewish-oriented and he's willing to help for all different causes." Along with his father and two brothers, Scott and Brett, Levitt operates Oakley Signs & Graphics, a national sup- plier of real estate signs and innovatiVe display marketing products geared toward real estate agents. Ever since the first Pavilion Golf Society tournament, Levitt and his company have been providing signage to the event for flee. Considering the geographical spread of an 18-hole event, the donation of supplies and time is quite generous. "Keith is very attached to the mission of The Jewish Pavilion," said Nancy Ludin, CEO of The Jewish Pavilion. "His dedication to support- ing our programs through both his volunteer time and creation of event materials has been invaluable." For Levitt, volunteering with The Jewish Pavilion has always been an integral component of his family's vol- unteer efforts in the commu- nity. Two of his grandparents participated in Shabbat and Jewish holiday parties. His mother, Jackie, was involved with The Pavilion for many years before she and Ken relo- cated to Tucson, Arizona, two years ago. And his children, Brandon and Brooke, have also volunteered at Pavilion events with Levitt and with their mother, Julie Grossman Levitt, who is a program direc- tor with The Pavilion. Speaking on the overall mission of The Jewish Pavilion and his motivation for contin- ued support, Levitt said, "The Jewish Pavilion has been a great source of information for seniors to lean on and to participate with and give them encouragement, excitement, and motivation." "It's always great to give back, to be philanthropic, to help others," adds Lev- itt. Regarding his multiple years of participation in the Pavilion Golf Tournaments, he said, "Being able to help raise money with friends and friends of friends from all over for this charity creates unity, which is just so great." When asked why someone should come out and play at the tournament, Levitt provided several reasons. "One, it's a fantastic golf course, Rosen Shingle Creek being one of the better golf courses in Central Florida," said Levitt. "Two, the course is conveniently located to the highway. And three, the group you hang out with will be a great group, the luncheon food is fantastic and there are lots of great gifts and prizes for playing." The Pavilion Golf Society Tournament takes place Sunday, May 6, at the Rosen Shingle Creek golf course and benefits the Orlando Senior Help Desk. Early tourna- ment registration can be done online at http://www. JewishPavilion.org. Day-of- event registration takes place from 7:15-8:15 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. A catered luncheon will follow the tournament. Tickets to the luncheon only are avail- able for $40. Call the office at The Jewish Pavilion to learn more: 407-678-9363. The Orlando Senior Help Desk is operated by The Jew- ish Pavilion and provides both resources and guidance to Central Florida seniors and their families at no cost. new exec Ellen Wise Lang Michele Brennan Michelle Feinberg The 45th annual JCC meet- ing will be held Tuesday, May 22, from 6:15-8 p.m. in The Roth Family JCC auditorium. Join in the fun as the com- munity looks back over the year and see what's to come in the next year. During the meeting there will be the presenta- tion of awards, including the J's Leadership, Volun- teer of the Year, and Amy Schwartz Kimlat Innova- tion and Creativity Award. On the business side, there will be the installation and discharge of Board of Directors and amending of By-Laws. A complimentary dinner will be provided as well as complimentary babysitting (ages 2-12)--with advance RSVP by going to https:// orlandojcc.org/calendar/jcc- annual-meeting. Keep Public Notices in Newspapers ALLIANCE 'www newsrnediaaLliance.org Ronald Schirtzer The Holocaust Center is pleased to announce the appointment of its 2018 Ex- ecutive Committee, and it's newest board members. This year's board was installed at the Center's annual meeting in January. Ellen Wise Lang is now serving as the Center's board president. Lang has been in- volved with the Center since 1990 and has been an active board member since 1994. Lang is also the daughter of the Center's founder, Tess Wise. When asked why she feels it's important to sustain the Holocaust Center's work Lang replied, "For two rea- sons: there were good people who helped my mother escape the Nazi's, and these people have been my role models, so I try to take a similar ap- proach-to be responsible for what goes on in the communi- ty and in the world around me. I do my best to pay it forward. We also now understand what compels someone to actively protect someone else as so many rescuers did during the Holocaust. We can now define and examine the personal characteristics that motivate Monte Starr Jeffrey Miller and empower an individual to standup for other people. I want the Center to be able to teach those traits to everyone, especially our children." The Executive Committee includes: Ellen Wise Lang, Wise Brothers--board president Michele Brennan, City of Orlando--vice president Michelle Feinberg, com- munity leader--vice president Ronald Schirtzer, attorney, Weinberg Wheeler Hudgins Gunn & Dial--vice president Mark Freid Malika Harrison Monte Starr, partner, Hol- land & Knight LLP--vice president Mark Freid, owner, Think Creative, Inc--immediate past president Jeffrey Miller, attorney, SeifertMiller--past president Malika Harrison, director of Social Responsibility for the Orlando Magic and Melanie Becker, director of Govern- ment Relations for Universal Orlando are the newest mem- bers of the Holocaust Center's board.