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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chesed Bonanza Day!

On Sunday, April 14th the Tzedakah Commission at the Yeshivah of Flatbush, held their first annual Chesed Bonanza Day! At our weekly Wednesday meeting with Senora Ovadia, Tzedakah Commission faculty advisor, told us she wanted to raise money for Hatzalah. In a group vote we decided that a basketball tournament and a cookie-decorating activity with special needs children and young adults would be the best way to raise money but it didn't stop there. Thanks to Mrs. Hanon, we were able to incorporate Cooking for a Cause into the program and Mrs. Sari Sitt signed on to instruct a girls' yoga class.

Fast forward to 10:30 Sunday morning. Over 150 students came to participate in the special event. The basketball tournament, organized by Jack Sasson, had over 50 participants, who not only played basketball but also got involved during their break with the special need visitors from Special Children Center, Imagine Academy and Ohel. All the students and guests played bingo, did arts and crafts, and decorated cookies. As part of Cooking for a Cause, students made Chicken Pockets that were donated to the SBH Food Pantry. For lunch participants had pizza generously donated by Mr. Steve Shammah, from Kids 'N Action in honor of his grandchildren.

Everyone involved in the Chesed Bonanza Day had a blast! All proceeds will be going to Hatzalah, The Special Children Center, Imagine Academy, SBH, and Ohel. Special thanks to Sophia Chabot, Jack Sasson, Victor Zeitoune, Senora Ovadia and the entire Chesed Bonanza Day committee! We couldn't have done it without you!
~Pictures by Danielle Ashkenazi