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Masha Pearl, Executive Director, with Eve Stieglitz, Young Leadership Committee Co-chair, at The Blue Card’s third annual fundraising social.

Masha Pearl, Executive Director, with Eve Stieglitz,
Young Leadership Committee Co-chair

 

On Thursday, May 1st, The Blue Card, a national non-profit organization dedicated to aiding over 2,000 needy Holocaust survivors, held its annual fundraising social event, Pong on the Terrace, on the Sunset Terrace at Chelsea Piers.  The event was a huge success; raising $18,000 for needy Holocaust survivors.
 

Featuring a competitive ping pong tournament, open bar, silent auction and panoramic views of the Hudson River at sunset, the event was graced by Aviva Sufian, The White House’s First Special Envoy for U.S. Holocaust Survivor Services who will provide opening remarks. 
 

The Blue Card, established in 1934 in Germany and organized in the U.S. in 1939, is the only organization whose sole mission is to provide critical financial aid for emergency medical, dental, housing and food needs to survivors of Nazi persecution. While the Holocaust seems like a long ago nightmare, for survivors it is a continuing one. Of the 75,000 Holocaust survivors in the U.S., one-third live at or below the federal poverty level. For many, the losses they experienced decades ago are compounded by their current struggles to subsist on meager incomes and threadbare or nonexistent support systems.  Studies show that Holocaust survivors have higher incidences of mental illness, cancer, and other debilitating diseases.

 

“The Blue Card is delighted to bring together young professionals committed to raising funds and heightening awareness of the pressing needs of Holocaust survivors,” stated The Blue Card’s Executive Director, Masha Pearl.  “We are most grateful to Special Envoy Aviva Sufian for participating in this important event.”

 

 

About The Blue Card
 

Established in Germany in 1934 as a grassroots effort and re-established in the United States in 1939 to aid refugees resettling in America, The Blue Card continues today to provide direct financial assistance to needy Holocaust survivors who live at or near the poverty line. As this population ages, with many now living into their 80s and 90s, their needs have dramatically increased and changed, giving rise to the need for funding of essential needs. Funds raised from this event are used to finance our many diverse programs including stipendiary, medical/dental, cancer, vitamin/nutrition and holiday as well as other initiatives for this frail and often neglected population.

 

The Blue Card has distributed over $24 million to date, with 100 percent of individual donations going directly to survivors. For more information on The Blue Card, please visit www.bluecardfund.org or call The Blue Card at (212) 239-2251.

 

 
 

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