JCDS rolls out ‘Green Carpet Event’ gala

The Jewish Community Day School (JCDS) honored Susan and Howard Green, the couple whose significant gift helped establish a cutting-edge preschool in their name this year, at its annual campaign gala, which was titled “Green Carpet Event.”

Event co-chairs Dr. Mark and Rochelle Effron, left, and Lis and Hugo Kahn, right, frame honorees Susan and Howard Green. (Photo by Alan Smason)

It was a night where formal wear was eschewed and colorful outfits of varying shades of green were encouraged to be worn by attendees at the converted gymnasium of the school located on the Goldring-Woldenberg Jewish Community Campus at 3737 West Esplanade Avenue in Metairie.

Large and colorful green and golden ribbons draped the interior of the gym creating an elegant affair, which had been sold out more than a month in advance. Arrivals walked a green carpet at the entrance, where a waiting photographer captured couples and families.

In appreciation for their gift and counsel, the Greens were presented with a beautiful mosaic that Susan had especially prized. Co-event chairs Dr. Mark Effron and his wife Rochelle Adler Effron and Hugo and Lis Kahn made the presentation to the Greens.

Susan Green’s daughter Erica helped usher in a video that showed the members of the Green family at various events with the honorees. Lauren Gisclair, the JCDS vocal teacher introduced a video of the school children singing their thanks to the tune of the former TVshow, “Green Acres.”

Susan Green cuts the ceremonial ribbon as Howard Green looks on, indicating the opening of the preschool which now bears their names. (Photo by Alan Smason)

Following dinner, a green ceremonial ribbon was cut by Susan Green as her husband and Oscar Tolmas Head of School Brad Philipson watched.

Wearing special crowns as monarchs of the night, each of the Greens addressed the crowd and spoke about their enduring commitment to JCDS. Marketing and public relations chair Tiffany Cotlar-Furlow was presented a bouquet o flowers for all of her hard work to bring about the gala.

Following the speeches by the Greens, Philipson stepped up to the microphone to trumpet the school’s deep admiration for the significant gift.

Former head of school Sharon Pollin, who moved back to her family home in Portland, OR., was a special guest of the evening.

Entertainment was provided by the NJBeats, a group of Jewish Tulane students who performed a number of a capella songs early in the evening and to close out the event.

The Sazerac Company presented a Hollywood Highball signature adult drink throughout the evening, while Dvash Catering handled the meal, which included salad, a salmon entrée and dessert.

Photos of the event can be viewed in our gallery:




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