YES Banquet Celebrates 30 Years, Honors Bader Philanthropies, and Remembers 3 Community Builders
A capacity crowd of 250 enjoyed a beautiful and memorable YES banquet on Wednesday night.
The banquet celebrated our 30th year, honored Bader Philanthropies with the “Builders of the Community” Award, and memorialized three builders of the community: Mr. Don Grande, Dr. Miriam Guttman, and Mrs. Caron Rice, of blessed memory.
Videos and Slideshows from the Banquet
Feature Presentation - Building the Community: 30 Years of YES/ Bader Philanthropies
Memorial Tribute - In Memory of Don Grande, Dr. Miriam Guttman, and Caron Rice
Slideshow - YES Thiry Years in Pictures
The crowd was treated to beautiful musical entertainment, as Josh Richman, Executive Director of Ruach and a YES parent, led a group of YES boys in a choir.
Rabbi Aryeh Borsuk said in his opening remarks that YES's success today can be credited to Dan Bader and Bader Philanthropies for their efforts in helping YES through the challenges of the early years.
Rabbi Kossowsky shared with the guests the concept of grit and the valuable lessons we can all learn from Mr. Grande, Dr. Guttman, and Mrs. Rice. He presented Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Joannes with gifts in appreciation for their many years at YES.
Moshe Katz, Board Chair of the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, represented the Federation and shared his appreciation of Bader Philanthropies and of the three builders.
Rabbi Benzion Twerski shared a story with the message that each person has a mission to use their unique gifts to reflect the light of the Torah to others. He said that the Baders are models of this mindset.
Dan Bader, as he accepted the Builders of the Community Award, spoke about the shared values of the founders of Bader Philanthropies and Yeshiva Elementary School. These values include dignity, respect, community, humility, equality, fairness, service to others, and strong education.
Rabbi Cheplowitz, Rosh Yeshiva (Dean) of WITS, spoke about Mr. Grande, Dr. Guttman, and Mrs. Rice. He said that the Torah is called “Toras Chesed” since it is intended to be shared with others. A common trait these three people shared was their commitment to helping others grow.
Beautiful videos, tasty food, and a slideshow of old pictures made the evening a truly memorable event.
We are grateful to everyone who attended and everyone who supported our students during this campaign. Thank you for supporting YES!!
Mr. and Mrs. Sheldon Lubar
BMO Harris Bank N.A.
Clarice S. Turer Charitable Fund
Foley and Lardner
Milwaukee Jewish Federation
- Four Points by Sheraton- Milwaukee North Shore for their gracious and wonderful hospitality
- BLM Creative- Blimie Twerski for graphic design
- Ferrante's Signature Catering
- Our vendors who provided products for the evening, including Trader Joe’s, Kosherwine.com, and Shorewood Press.
- Yoeli Margolis of Fodi Video (YES Class of 2016) for the videos.
Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped with the banquet campaign!
Banquet Leadership Team
We thank our community volunteers:
Mrs. Robi Borsuk
Mrs. Elisheva Hiller
Mrs. Bracha Kramer
Mrs. Yocheved Rauch
Mr. Steve Richman