JVS Dedicates New Donor Wall of Honor

April 8, 2013 -- JVS acknowledged the generosity of several of the agency’s most dedicated donors in grand style with the unveiling of its new Wall of Honor.

Located on the second floor of JVS’ offices at 6505 Wilshire Blvd., the Wall of Honor was unveiled following a JVS board meeting on March 20 in front of an audience of nearly 100 donors, staff and clients., As part of the Wall of Honor Campaign, JVS raised over $150,000, and since the wall's creation seven years ago, the agency has nearly doubled the number of donors. The Wall of Honor recognizes the names of individuals, corporations and foundations who have given a minimum of $25,000 cumulatively, many of whom have been donors to JVS for 10 or more consecutive years.

The new Wall of Honor features a new donor category, the Ambassadors Circle for individuals who have given more than $2 million and recognizes the generosity of the Powell family – Debbie, Rick, Ashley and Jeremy. Also due to the tremendous increase of Scholarship Program donors, for the first time, Circle of Honor members are now acknowledged separately on an adjacent wall on two beautiful panels.

Featured speakers at the dedication ceremony included JVS Board President John Goldsmith and past Board President Sue Robertson. Robertson, a past JVS Board President and long-time donor, expressed her passion for carrying on her family legacy.

“Our family is happy to be able to support JVS, and the endowment provides certainty for the programs so that the agency doesn’t have to scramble every year to try to raise funds,” Robertson said.

At the dedication, JVS Scholarship Program recipient Sabrina Vinterfeld told the inspiring story of receiving critically needed educational help through JVS’ Scholarship Program while her mother was awaiting a heart transplant. Since completing her studies, Vinterfeld has gone on to work for Biotronic, Inc., a company that manufactures devices to help other patients maintain heart health.

"I extend to you all my deepest gratitude," Vinterfeld told the assembled crowd. "I'm living proof that your efforts to help today's youth are truly beneficial."

Event attendees were invited to tour the agency’s Assessment and Disability Services (ADS). JVS client Larry Dubey, who has received assistance through JVS' ADS and is training for a new career as a consultant on ADA issues, credits the agency with helping him toward a new career path.

"JVS' Disability and Assessment is a real world example of private philanthropy successfully partnering with public agencies to deliver vitally needed services for our community," said Dubey, who will be receiving a JVS Inspiration Award at the agency’s 16th Annual Strictly Business L.A. Awards luncheon on May 8. “I’m been inspired by the people at JVS who have reached out to help me, and by each of you who have given so generously to make programs like this available.”