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Leading Gifts Pre-Donor Brunch

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
10:30 a.m
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Dr. Marc Levitt, from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, was the featured speaker at the Hadassah Leading Gifts Pre-Donor Brunch on Wednesday morning, November 17th.  Dr. Robert Smith, a specialist in diabetes treatment, and Dr. Jessica Kahn, Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Research Training in the Division of Adolescent Medicine at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, also spoke about their work.  A minimum pledge of $360 or more to Hadassah Donor Campaign was required to attend the event.

Over 30 Hadassah members gathered at Ghita Sarembock's home and enjoyed an elaborate buffet brunch that featured quiches, muffins, smoked salmon, vegetarian chopped liver, and much more.  After the meal, everyone gathered in the family room to hear Dr. Levitt speak about collaborations between Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Hadassah Medical Center in the areas of clinical care, medical education, and research.  Cincinnati Children's Hospital also has a Memorandum of Understanding with Hebrew University of Jerusalem and Schneider Children's Medical Center of Israel in Petach Tikva.

Children and families from around the world stand to benefit greatly from the exchange of knowledge and resource sharing these collaborations afford. Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center will match donations up to $500,000 to benefit the Israel Exchange Program. Contact Susan Kulick at susan.kulick@cchmc.org for more information.

Dr. Levitt is the Associate Director for the Colorectal Center for Children at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. He joined the staff at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center in June 2005 when he and Dr. Alberto Peña were recruited to create the world’s first and only multidisciplinary and comprehensive Colorectal Center for Children. Dr. Levitt received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, his medical degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, his general surgery residency at the Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York, and his pediatric surgery fellowship at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo. He was a pediatric surgical attending in Buffalo, serving as the clinical director of their Pediatric Miniature Access Surgery Center, and before coming to Cincinnati was a surgical attending at Schneider Children's Hospital.

Dr. Levitt visits Israel frequently, to perform operations and to teach. He has had a collaboration with Hadassah Medical Center for the past 10 years. The Colorectal Center cares for approximately 15-20 Israeli patients each year, and starting July 1, 2011 will train the first fellow from Hadassah in pediatric colorectal surgery.

Photography by Gayna Bassin.

 Ghita Sarembock hosted the brunch at her Amberley home.
Ghita Sarembock hosted the brunch at her Amberley home.
 Paula Jarnicki, Amy Perlman, with  Cincinnati Chaper Co-Presidents Sharon Casper and Bobbi Handwerger.
Paula Jarnicki and Amy Perlman with  Cincinnati Chaper Co-Presidents
Sharon Casper and Bobbi Handwerger.
 
 The attendees enjoyed the brunch buffet.
The attendees enjoyed the sumptuous brunch buffet.
 Dr. Marc Levitt, Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Jessica Kahn.
Dr. Marc Levitt, Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Jessica Kahn.
 The audience listened to Dr. Levitt's presentation.
The audience listened to Dr. Levitt's presentation.
 Dr. Smith and Dr. Levitt.
Dr. Smith and Dr. Levitt discussed research and collaborations between
Cincinnati Children's Hospital and Hadassah Hospital.
 Dr. Levitt told a story about a boy rescuing starfish on the beach.
Dr. Levitt told a story about a boy rescuing starfish on the beach.  While
he couldn't save every single starfish, what he did mattered a great deal
to this particular starfish.
 Ghita Sarembock presented a Hadassah certificate to Dr. Levitt.
Ghita Sarembock presented a Hadassah certificate to Dr. Levitt.
 The beautiful Hadassah certificate presented to Dr. Levitt.
The beautiful Hadassah certificate presented to Dr. Levitt.
 Tobe Snow, immediate Past President, spoke about the many programs and needs of Hadassah.
Tobe Snow, immediate Past President, spoke about the many Hadassah projects  in Israel that provide the finest medical care and educational programs to all people, regardless of their nationality or religion.
 Ghita Sarembock presented donor cards to all the attendees.
Ghita Sarembock presented donor cards to all the attendees.
 The audience listened to Tobe Snow's heartfelt presentation.
The audience listened to Tobe Snow's heartfelt presentation.
 Beverly Williams spoke about her daughter's experiences in Israel with a Young Judaea mission.
Beverly Williams (on the left) spoke about her daughter's experiences in Israel with a Young Judaea mission.  When the group visited Hadassah Hospital, everyone was extremely moved when a staff person showed them the plaque of her family's donation to the hospital.
 Sharon Casper and Bobbi Handwerger presented a Hadassah certificate to Ghita Sarembock.
Sharon Casper and Bobbi Handwerger presented a Hadassah certificate
to Ghita Sarembock, thanking her for hosting the event.

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