Sid Jacobson JCC’s Friendship Circle Luncheon, A Yellow Rose Event raises more than $267,000

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2019 Friendship Circle Luncheon Honoree Barbara Cooper poses for a photo with luncheon attendees. (Photo courtesy of Sid Jacobson JCC)

Sid Jacobson JCC is proud to announce its annual Friendship Circle Luncheon, A Yellow Rose Event raised more than $267,000 for adult day programs. This year’s sold-out luncheon was attended by hundreds at Old Westbury Golf and Country Club to recognize honoree Barbara Cooper and featured entertainment from celebrated New York stage actor and stand-up comedian Mario Cantone as well as master of ceremonies Bernadette Castro.

The event kicked off with a cocktail reception and the chance to bid on raffle prizes. Attendees then enjoyed lunch and learned more about the JCC’s Adult Day program through a video presentation highlighting program participants with young-onset dementia and Alzheimer’s. Castro then took the stage before the afternoon concluded with entertainment from Cantone.

New York stage actor and stand-up comedian Mario Cantone poses for a photo during his performance at the luncheon. (Photo courtesy of Sid Jacobson JCC)

Now in its 16th year, the annual luncheon raises funds to provide financial sustainability for the adult day programs at Sid Jacobson JCC that improve the lives of those afflicted with dementia and other chronic conditions at any age or stage as well as providing support and education for their families.

Cooper is a co-chair of Sid Jacobson JCC’s Yellow Rose Society and a Friendship Circle Luncheon executive committee member. As a longtime, active member of the JCC, she also serves on the Board of Directors and the cultural arts committee. Cooper is also a passionate member of UJA Federation of New York and is active on the Long Island Birthright Council.

To make a donation to benefit SJJCC’s Adult Day programs, visit

Submitted by Sid Jacobson JCC

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