June 10, 2024

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IMAGINE What Is Possible

Please join us for a very special evening celebrating civic leadership with a fireside chat between David Rubenstein and Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat, followed by the presentation of the Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement to Dana Marlowe, Founder and Executive Director of I Support The Girls

Funds raised from IMAGINE support scholarships at the Bender JCC, reducing financial barriers and creating an inclusive community.

Fireside Chat featuring:



David M. Rubenstein

Co-Founder and Co-Chairman, The Carlyle Group
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David M. Rubenstein is Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of The Carlyle Group, one of the world’s largest and most successful private investment firms. Mr. Rubenstein is Chairman of the Boards of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Council on Foreign Relations, the National Gallery of Art, the Economic Club of Washington, and the University of ChicagoMr. Rubenstein has served as Chairman of the Boards of Duke University and the Smithsonian Institution, Co-Chairman of the Board of the Brookings Institution, and as a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation. Mr. Rubenstein is an original signer of The Giving Pledge, and received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy, and the MoMA’s David Rockefeller Award, among other philanthropic awards. Mr. Rubenstein is a leader in the area of Patriotic Philanthropy, having made transformative gifts for the restoration or repair of the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial and, Jefferson Memorial, among other documents, buildings and monuments that are tangible reminders of the history and heritage of our country.Mr. Rubenstein has also provided to the U.S. government long-term loans of his rare copies of the Magna Carta, the Declaration of Independence, the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, the Emancipation Proclamation, the 13th Amendment, the first map of the U.S. (Abel Buell map), and the first book printed in the U.S. (Bay Psalm Book). A Baltimore native, Mr. Rubenstein is a 1970 magna cum laude graduate of Duke University, where he was elected Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated in 1973 from the University of Chicago Law School, where he was an editor of the Law Review.From 1973-1975, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in New York with Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. From 1975-1976, he served as Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Constitutional Amendments. From 1977-1981, during the Carter Administration, Mr. Rubenstein was Deputy Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy. After his White House service and before co-founding Carlyle, Mr. Rubenstein practiced law in Washington with Shaw, Pittman, Potts & Trowbridge (now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman).




Ambassador Stuart Eizenstat

Chairman, United States Holocaust Museum 
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Ambassador Eizenstat is a senior member of Covington & Burling LLP’s international practiceHis work at Covington focuses on resolving international trade problems and business disputes with the U.S. and foreign governments, and international business transactions and regulations on behalf of U.S. companies and others around the world. During decades of public service in five US administrations, Ambassador Eizenstat has held a number of key senior positions, including chief White House domestic policy adviser to President Jimmy Carter (1977-1981); U.S. Ambassador to the European Union, Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade, Under Secretary of State for Economic, Business and Agricultural Affairs, and Deputy Secretary of the Treasury in the Clinton Administration (1993-2001). He also served as a member of the White House staff for President Johnson (1967-1968). Much of the interest in providing belated justice for victims of the Holocaust and other victims of Nazi tyranny during World War II was the result of Ambassador Eizenstat’s leadership of the Clinton Administration as Special Representative of the President and Secretary of State on Holocaust-Era Issues (1993-2001). During the Obama Administration, Ambassador Eizenstat served as Special Advisor on Holocaust-Era Issues to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of State John Kerry (2009-2017). Ambassador Eizenstat is currently serving as Special Adviser to Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Holocaust issues in the Biden Administration. President Biden recently named him the Chairman of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.  Ambassador Eizenstat is a past president of the Bender JCC and also received the Benjamin Ourisman Award for Civic Achievement in 1999.



2024 Benjamin Ourisman Memorial Award for Civic Achievement:
Dana Marlowe

Dana Marlowe, founder and executive director of global nonprofit I Support The Girls (ISTG), is driven by the belief that if we aren’t willing to talk about periods or bras, we can’t help girls, women or people who menstruate live their lives with dignity. What seems at the moment an ordinary question – “What can I do with my old bras?” – led Dana to “accidentally” launching ISTG and providing free undergarments and menstrual hygiene products for people in distress, including those experiencing homelessness, victims of natural disasters, and domestic violence survivors, among others. Since 2015, ISTG has donated 25+ million products through 5,000 social service agencies and 53 affiliates around the world. 

Whether it’s through her work with ISTG, on social media or speaking at conferences and events, Dana fiercely advocates in support of menstrual equity and human health rights for the most invisible populations. She is also founder and principal partner of Accessibility Partners, an IT firm focused on digital accessibility for people with disabilities.  

Her passions extend beyond social entrepreneurship: she is a mother to tween and teen boys, and can often be found with a good book, at an early morning dance rave, or seeing her favorite indie bands live. 

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Susan and Bradley Stillman
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