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VOL. 12 NO. 1                                                                             JANUARY 2022

      Mirasol Artist Raises Funds for Charity

         Debbie Mostel has won numerous awards and her jewelry   with the UNICEF Snowflake,
      has been worn by celebrities like Oprah Winfrey, January   which hangs in Manhattan above
      Jones, Laverne Cox, Christie Brinkley, Patti LaBelle, Emily   5th Avenue at 57th Street, she
      Blunt, and many others. Yet something she always wanted   joined The Mirasol Foundation
      to do was turn her love of art — sculptures, in particular —   board for 2020-21.
      into a powerful way to raise substantial funds for charitable      With guidance from the Palm
      organizations.                                    Beach Cultural Council, Valerie
         Valerie Crosson had a great track record for commissioning   contacted seven regional artists —
      large, highly visible sculptures that help raise millions of   including Debbie Mostel — and
      dollars for charitable causes. Following her previous success   issued a Request for Proposals
                                                        to create a piece with “hanging
                                                        hearts” to help reunite the residents
                                                        of the Mirasol community, many
                                                        of whom felt disconnected due
                                                        to COVID social gathering
                                                           The idea was to use “hanging
                                                        hearts” as a centerpiece for a major
                                                        fundraising effort, largely because
                                                        the onset of the pandemic made traditional fundraising methods   the sculpture, said she was “driven by the importance of giving
                                                        impractical.                                       back to our local community affected by COVID, and giving
                                                           Valerie and Debbie found a bond and similarities in their   the Mirasol community a legacy sculpture that would renew
                                                        vision for the piece. Valerie recommended Debbie and the   that sense of oneness every time it was viewed.” It is now a
                                                        board approved. Debbie, who spent six months working on   permanent installation in the entrance of the Club.
                                                                                                             On the finished work, each of the 850 hearts represents an

      JFS Highlights Local Teacher for                                                                     individual donor and the amounts donated varied from $150 to
                                                                                                           $5,000; a total in the hundreds of thousands of dollars was raised.
      Commitment to Holocaust Education                                                                    Once it was unveiled, Valerie said the piece is a “great success,
                                                                                                           connecting people at a time when we couldn’t be together” and
                                                                                                           raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to benefit area charities.

         Alpert Jewish                                     Other honored guests                                                      Photos: Richard McConnell
      Family Service, a  West                           included: Dr. Mitchell
      Palm Beach nonprofit                              Josephs, a Palm Beach dentist
      organization  that  serves                        who has provided more than                          Men’s Club
      hundreds of Holocaust                             $75k of free dental work to
      survivors throughout the                          12 Holocaust survivors over
      county, honored retired                           the past two years; survivor                        Dines in Miami
      elementary school teacher                         Evelyn Grapek; and private
      Joanne Baseman at the                             investigator and Nazi hunter
      organization’s annual                             Steven Rambam.                                         Members of the  Temple Beth Am Men’s Club
      Holocaust Benefit. Baseman                           Marc Hopin, CEO of  Dr. Mitchell Josephs         and their guests took the Brightline train to Miami,
      was a teacher at Limestone                        Alpert JFS, said, “As years                         where they dined at the Versailles Restaurant in Little
      Creek Elementary in                               go by and the number                                Havana. Versailles is the “World’s Most Famous Cuban
      Jupiter for over 30 years,                        of Holocaust survivors                              Restaurant,” and has been serving Cuban cuisine to the
      before retiring in 2018.                          among us wanes, it is more                          South Florida community for 50 years.
      Her commitment to teach                           important than ever to                                 After finishing a wonderful dinner that was served
      children about diversity                          honor the survivors, their                          in a semi-private room, the group returned to West Palm
      from a young age led her to  Joanne Baseman       families, and hear them                             Beach via Brightline, tired but happy to have enjoyed a
      invite countless Holocaust                        share their stories. Our                            delightful day with friends.
      survivors to her classroom, so they could tell their stories   Never Again event serves
      firsthand to students. Baseman was honored for bridging   as an opportunity to educate
      the gap between the generations and honoring the   the public on the reality of
      remaining survivors by giving them a platform to share   the Holocaust and ensure  Evelyn Grapek
      their stories.                                    that it never happens again.”

                                                                                 Steven Rambam
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