Dinner of Champions

Dinner of Champions:
Supporting Inclusion at Lessans Camp JCC

Saturday, November 18, 2023 | 7:00 PM


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This year we celebrate 31 years of Dinner of Champions. At this event in 1992, we inducted outstanding Jewish athletes and sports professionals who have strong ties to our community into the Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. Since that time over 200 individuals have been inducted for their accomplishments in the world of sports.

Dinner of Champions is an opportunity for our community to recommit to the work of inclusion, understanding that the work is never done. The event has grown, and our mission remains as critical as ever. We are proud to have raised millions of dollars to ensure that families of children with disabilities pay no more for camp than families of typically-developing children pay. Thousands of campers, who make up 20% of our camp community each year, have received inclusion support thanks in large part to funds raised from the Dinner of Champions.

The Bender JCC is proud to be an all-inclusive community — from the people we serve to the programs we offer — rooted in Jewish values. Inclusiveness reflects our core value of respecting the dignity of every person and the belief that every person is unique and of infinite value. With the generous support of our community, we are able to offer, at no additional cost, a wonderful camp experience to all children.

Learn more about the power of Dinner of Champions in the video below. 


At this event, we will honor the following individuals:

Irene and Abe Pollin Humanitarian Award

Greater Washington Jewish Sports Hall of Fame


Hyman M. and Phillip D. Perlo High School Athlete Award


Event Chairs:
Rebecca and Nathan Bortnick
Melanie and Rami Kandel


Thank you to our sponsors! (As of November 6, 2023)

Shooting Star ($25,000)

Philip Margolius and Family

    The Lerner Foundation Logo



Superstar ($10,000)

Richard and Judy Cohen
Alan and Amy Meltzer
Anita and Arthur Polott


Shining Star ($5,000)

3M Foundation Mulitz-Gudelsky Family
Carol and Gary Berman Nudelman Family & GlenLine Investments
The Black Family Joy and Ron Paul
Beth and Daryle Bobb Amanda and Curtis Polk
James G. Davis Construction Company Kathy and Thomas Raffa
EagleBank Reff-Kullen Family Fund:
Foundation Housing – Richard B. Reff, MD and Dr. Jodi Reff
Rae Grad and Manny Schiffres – Robert A. Reff, MD and Jeri Reff
Hercules Fence – Dr. Shirley R. Kullen
JCC Men’s Club  Heather and Andrew Sachs
Rosalyn Jonas Janyse and Bernie Weisz


All-Star ($2,500)

495 Movers Inc. Scott Jacobs
Heidi and Michael Brodsky Vicki and Eric Klein/EY
Carol and Robert Burman Family Foundation Robyn and Steve Lustig
Jessica and Andrew Chod Wendy and Matthew Morris
Jillian and Scott Copeland Melanie Nussdorf
Louis and Helyn Fanaroff Charitable Foundation Susan and Brad Stillman
Annette and Bernard Forseter Jennifer and Jonathan Weinberg
Ntiva and the Freidkin Family Helene Weisz and Richard Lieberman
Paula Siegle Goldman Wealthspire Advisors
Shari and Harvey Goodman/Goodman Gable Gould Adjusters International Wilkes Artis


Star ($1,800)

Wendi and Daniel Abramowitz Leslie and Samuel Kaplan
Vivian and Raymond Bass Rebecca and Marc Korman
Julie and Josh Bender Ellen and Stuart Lessans
Yvonne and Jeffrey Distenfeld Robin and Jeremy London
Seth Goldman and Julie Farkas Giving Fund Holly and Brad Mendelson
Wendy and Noam Fischman Randi and Martin Meyrowitz
Robyn and Mark Futrovsky Premier Pool Management Inc.
Lisie and Michael Gottdenker David Sobel
David Helfand Benita and Todd Stokes
Adam Herman Terry Tretter and Jeffrey Auerbach
Danielle and Aaron Jeweler John VerStandig
Melanie and Rami Kandel Cindy and Rick Zitelman


Thank you to those who have purchased tables: 

Ash Family Lisa Levin
Lois Berkowitz Jana and Jeremy Sharp
Rebecca and Nathan Bortnick Jason Sheer
JoEllen Fishman Noah Sheer
Tena Frank Emily and Adam Simon
Paul Hudson Susan and Jonathan Simon
Stacy King Jennifer and Jonathan Wenk
Stefani and Brad Klinedinst Staci and Monty Yolles
Michelle and Michael Meyer



For more information, please contact rossman@benderjccgw.org.