Prominent community leaders, camera crews, hundreds of pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables, and dozens of families
and volunteers were just some of the sights to be had at our Fall Family Festival on Sunday, September 23. While it's easy
to sum this day up as a success because everyone in attendance had a wonderful afternoon, it's even easier to point to the
community building on hand as a greater sign of our success.
For the second straight year, we've implemented our Care to Share initiative, asking all families to donate fresh produce as
their price of admission for the Fall Festival. We then take the donated fruits and vegetables and redistribute them to members
of our community who can't afford groceries and don't have the means to do their own shopping.
This year we received nearly 400 pounds of groceries!
With contributions from everyone including Assembly Member David Weprin, to the Honorable Bernice D. Siegal, to staff and
camp families alike, our community really came out strong for the festival. "We value our connection to our community above
all else," said SFY CEO Dr. Steve Goodman. "It was wonderful to see so many of our friends and neighbors, as well as
countless new faces and families."
As happy as we are to be able to support our community with groceries, we also take a lot of pride in being able to provide
days like the Fall Family Festival. There may not be a more gratifying feeling than bringing people of all ages, abilities,
beliefs, and lifestyles together to share a fun day with each other. We take as much pride in seeing our families socializing
with one another, as we do when they show up with smiles on their faces and bags filled with apples and bananas in their
We'd like to thank everyone for their contributions, and we can't wait to see you all again at our Chanukah Community
Celebration on Sunday, December 2! Tell your friends!
To see pictures from the Fall Family Festival, click here! Also, to see the feature that New York 1 aired covering our festival,
which is also streaming at the top of the page, click here!