Our Bi-Annual Brunch will be held on November 22 at 9:30 in the State Room at 60 State St., Boston. That is not exactly unusual. What is very special is that, this year, the JBBBS family has the chance to honor our very own Susan Gotshalk for her 36 years of herculean effort on behalf of our Little Brothers and Sisters, their families, and our Friend 2 Friend adults who have disabilities. More here.
Susan was not the first of the Gotshalks to get involved with Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters. Husband, Norm, was a Big Brother, so Susan became a part of the volunteer “Women’s Auxiliary,” even before she began working for JBBBS. In her 36 years, no one has been more dedicated; no one has been more committed; and no one could possibly have worked as hard as Susan. She has more tenure than all but one person in the history of our organization (our founding director, Phil Slepian), and it’s safe to say that, for all that time, it was a rare day indeed when she woke up and her first thought was not something to do with JBBBS.
She has held virtually every role and every non-clinical position in the agency. Our phenomenal growth over the past 20 years has been the result of her work as much or more than anyone’s and her true contribution to our fivefold expansion during that time is second to no one. Our Brunch will be a chance for a heartfelt and light-hearted tribute to her great work. We’ve set up a special fund in her honor. “Strong Kids, Stronger Families: The Susan Gotshalk Fund,” will help ensure the success of the many extra things we do to support matches: camp scholarships, economic assistance, activity funds, special events for our children, adults and families, and so on.
I urge you to join me in making a gift in Susan’s honor – believe me, no one appreciates her more than I – and to join in the nonstop outpouring of appreciation for her at our 96th Anniversary Brunch. I look forward to seeing you there!