When Temple Israel lost access to borrowed playground equipment the Men's
Club committed to help our Sunday school purchase new equipment as an
investment in our children. The cost was $7,500 with no budget and no
traditional big donors to tap. Color plans for a new Temple Israel
Children’s Garden were drawn up and displayed in the atrium to help an
initial appeal bring in pledges for $3,500.
The Men’s Club had already been looking to reinvent itself and the president
decided to host a large scale event. The Fall Fling Fundraiser featured a
live Swing band, free dance lessons from a local vintage dance group and a
silent auction with over 100 items donated by area merchants.
The event raised $4000 above the $3,500 previously pledged and our success in
reaching our goal encouraged another men’s club members to donate additional
funds for a sand box and landscaping. Other synagogue members donated for
new fencing and a bench. Phase 1 was completed on Tu B’Shevat when the new
Children’s Garden, with play equipment, was dedicated and 2 trees were
planted by Men’s Club members.
Additionally, the Temple Israel Men’s Club gained 22 new, active members.