The Ben Porat Yosef 18th anniversary Scholarship Walkathon, “Walking on Sunshine,” was held on June 16 at Winton White Stadium in Englewood. It was the culmination of BPY’s efforts to raise money for the school’s scholarship fund. Hundreds of participants helped raise more than $127,000 for BPY scholarships.
Rabbi Saul Zucker, BPY’s head of school, said, “The BPY Walkathon was an outstanding success, both in terms of support and ruach. It is a joy to see students, parents, faculty, administration, lay leadership, community members, and friends all come together to help ensure that anyone who wants a BPY education is able to receive one. What a beautiful display of achdut!”
The walkathon featured a group walk, competitive and relay races, giveaways, activity booths, sports, crafts, and games. Participants were given T-shirts, sunglasses, and refreshments. It was organized by Gabrielle Altman, BPY director of development, and Tova Small, associate development director. Walkathon committee members included Jodi Cohen, Dana Gerschel, Cheryl and Jeremy Ginsburg, Gila Haray, Renee Klyman, Laureen Rahmani, Cori Robinson, Tamara Solomon, Daniella Spier, and Ilana Tachauer.
Prizes were presented to the top adult runner, Daniel Malka of Englewood, who ran a quarter mile in 1:03, and the top student runner, sixth grader Sammy Bensoussan of Englewood. Top fundraisers included Inna and Howie Siegel of Fort Lee and Elana and Yossi Cohn of Bergenfield, and fundraisers with the most sponsors were Jodi and Shaul Cohen of Englewood and the Robinson/Bellino family of Teaneck.
BPY corporate sponsors included the Jewish Standard, Kaplen JCC on the Palisades, Camp Kef, Grand & Essex, Judaica House, Synergy Home Care Bergen County, and the Therapy Gym.