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L’Chaim! 2019

L’Chaim! 2019


An evening of celebration, community, and giving

Featuring Edie Lutnick, Co-Founder & President of the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund
“If you find something larger than yourself, you can do great things in the world.”


Tuesday, September 24

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
100 Carondelet Plaza
St. Louis, MO 63105

Register Today!

VIP Pre-Event Reception

5:15-6:30 pm  Exclusive opportunity to meet Edie Lutnick. Cocktails and appetizers will be served. Space limited to 200 people.
Tickets: $180, includes a ticket to the Main Event ($50 tax deductible)


Main Event: L’Chaim!

6:15 pm  Cocktail Reception
7 pm  Dinner and Program
Tickets: $65


Edie Lutnick

What would you do if you lost your brother and hundreds of co-workers in one horrific morning? How would you react and move forward? For Edie Lutnick and her brother Howard, CEO of Cantor Fitzgerald, it was an obvious decision: help the families first.

On September 11, 2001, 658 men and women at Cantor Fitzgerald lost their lives in the World Trade Center. Among them was Edie’s youngest brother Gary, whom she had raised when their parents died at an early age. In the aftermath of the attacks, Edie answered the call from Howard to create a fund for the firm’s families who had lost loved ones.

Under Edie’s leadership, the Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund was created and has raised and distributed over $180 million to over 800 families of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and has been instrumental in assisting them to heal. Now, the fund also helps other victims of terrorism, natural disasters and emergencies providing more than $270 million in relief.  Most recently, the fund distributed direct financial aid to approximately 4,000 families who are still recovering after Hurricanes Maria and Irma devastated Puerto Rico.

Join us as Edie speaks from personal experience about changing the world and healing from tragedy by finding a greater purpose in life.


Community Service

It’s for Women. Period. One in four women struggled to purchase period products within the past year due to lack of income. Support women of all ages by bringing tampons, pads and liners, and adult incontinence products. Supplies will be distributed by the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry and National Council of Jewish Women St. Louis in partnership with the St. Louis Alliance for Period Supplies.


Sponsorship Opportunities (fully tax deductible)
  • $250 Friends of L’Chaim Sponsor – Your name or your company’s name on a table, on the video screens, and a link included in thank you for attending email (event ticket not included).
  • For further information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development Associate Beth Feldman at or 314-442-3774.


  • L’Chaim chic attire.
  • All attendees will receive a custom and collectable Diane Katzman bracelet.
  • Dietary laws observed.
  • Complementary self and valet parking available.
  • Attendees will have the opportunity at the event to make a gift to the Jewish Federation of St. Louis’ Unrestricted 2019 Annual Campaign.
  • For more information about registration, contact Katie Sheldon at 314-442-3751 or Stacy Wagerman at 314-442-3730.


Thank You to Our Generous Sponsors!

The Ritz-Carlton, St. Louis
Diane Katzman Design
Pam Lester
Delmar Gardens Family
Patty Croughan and Sheila Greenbaum
Nancy Green and Sherry Wolff
Mobil on the Run
US Bank
Marilyn Fox & Lenore Pepper
Madeleine Elkins and Harvey Wallace
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Berger Memorial Chapel
Café Coeur
Consultants in Women’s Healthcare
Crazy Bowls & Wraps
The Gatesworth
Goldblatt + Singer
Jacques Herzog, MD, Center for Hearing and Balance Disorders
Debbie and Mike Lefton
Julie Stern Pilates
Marmi Shoes
Massage Envy
Merrill – A Bank of America Company – The Lueken Group
Sue Matlof
Millstone Foundation
Ridenour Plastic Surgery
Spencer Fane LLP
St. Louis Jewish Light
Town & Country Veterinary Hospital
Mr. Henry Webber and Dr. Christine Jacobs



Main Event Co-Chairs
Patty Croughan, Rachel Weiss Kalina, and Julie B. Stern

VIP Pre-Event Co-Chairs
Ellie Samson and Dana Sandweiss

Women’s Philanthropy
Bonnie Solomon, Chair
Amy Bender-Levy, Vice Chair, Development

Event Committee
Ellen Alper, Joanna Alper, Laurie Badler, Jen Baer, Fran Balk, Lisa Graivier Barnes, Amy Bender-Levy, Faith Berger, Lizzie Berman, Patty Bloom, Amy Bornstein, Debbi Braunstein, Marcia Brockman, Liz Buchman, Amy Cantor, Arlene Caplan, Marianne Chervitz, Patty Croughan, Dorit Daphna-Iken, Robyn DeNorscia, Jennifer Deutsch, Madeleine Elkins, Ellen Fagin, Teree Farbstein, Beth Feldman, Laura Fields, Angela Flotken, Robin Fox, Cindy Frank, Leah Frankel, Carolyn Furfine, Amy Gallant, Michelle Gerchen, Staci Gerchen, Julie Gibbs, Traci Goldstein, Abby Goldstein, Andrea Goldstein, Sharon Gorman, Sabrina Gornish, Sheila Greenbaum, Lisa Greening, Stephanie Gross, Gay Guller, Amy Herman, Stacey Hoffman, Stacy Jespersen, Michele Kalina, Rachel Weiss Kalina, Missy Korenblat-Hanin, Amy Lampert, Debbie Lefton, Jackie Levey, Galit Lev-Harir, Sarah Levinson, Marcia Evers Levy, Cynthia Lloyd, Alice Ludmer, Sylvia Manewith, Abbi Marks, Galia Movitz, Becca Near, Rori Picker Neiss, Margo Newman, Chana Novack, Patty Paster, Rachel Pepe, Jennifer Pines, Debbie Polinsky, Lynne Prywitch, Adinah Raskas, Brigitte Rosenberg, Jennifer Rosenthal, Roz Rothman, Chanala Rubenfeld, Betsy Rubenstein, Michelle Rubin, Barbara Rubin, MaryAnne Smyly Sabin, Ellie Samson, Dana Sandweiss, Andi Schankman, Randee Schmittdiel, Erin Schuver, Dana Schwartz, Lori Sheinbein, Sheri Sherman, Sherry Shuman, Vicki Singer, Nancy Siwak, Bonnie Solomon, Julie B. Stern, Jane Tzinberg Rubin, Stacey Wallach, Nancy Weigley, Sherri Frank Weintrop, Janie Roodman Weiss, Laura Whalen, Cheryl Whatley, Linda Yatkeman, Julie Yawitz

Katie Sheldon, Specialist, Donor Services
Stacy Wagerman, Manager, Women’s Philanthropy
Julie Gibbs, Vice President, Development
Michael Oberlander, Chief Philanthropy Officer

Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Timothy Stern, Campaign Chair
Gerald P. Greiman, Board Chair
Don Hannon, Chief Operating Officer