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Jewish Family Service raises $900,000 at annual gala

Jewish Family Service of San Diego raised more than $900,000 at its annual Heart & Soul Gala held March 9 at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla.

The event drew more than 600 guests for the benefit of Jewish Family Service programs. Raised funds will go toward programs under the organization's empower families, respond to crisis, and care for seniors campaigns. The theme for the event was "Believe in Love," celebrating the accomplishments of the 2014 Mitzvah Award honorees, Karen Foster Silberman and Carol and Rick Kornfeld.

The Kornfelds were recognized for their involvement with the Jewish Family Service program Jewish BIGPals, while Silberman was recognized for her work with the organization's Project SARAH. A special tribute was also included in the gala festivities to remember Alice Cohn, who supported the JFS Hand Up Youth Food Pantry.

Co-chaired by April Fink and Mathew Fink, Karin and Tony Toranto, and Jennifer Kagnoff, the gala featured an acoustic performance by Grammy Award-nominated recording artist Matisyahu.

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