The MJCC held its Community Celebration virtually on Thursday, May 14, honoring members, all-stars and the Harry Glickman Scholar Athletes of the year.
More than 50 people attended the celebration over Zoom and more tuned in through Facebook. Attendees were welcomed by Executive Director Steve Albert and Board President Steve Klein.
MJCC Aquatic Manager Jennie Condon began by honoring four swimmers who qualified for state championship meets this year: Izzy Kondo, Finn Posner, Eian and Noah Peng. Although the Stingrays Swim Team season was cut short, the team had their best showing at state championship meets since the early 2000’s. Next up, Camp Manager Carli Rosenthal honored two stellar CITs from last summer’s Day Camp who set a high standard for future CITs: Jude Callaway and Ellerie Harrington. Both noted that they gained leadership skills and built great relationships at the MJCC and can’t wait to become counselors this year. MJCC Membership Manager Kelsey Kaplan then honored the top three users this year: Akiko Swaren, Steve Arnsberg, and Steve Wick who all came into the JCC over 340 times this year.
Fitness Manager Joe Seitz interviewed the next honoree Edna Kovacs, who excelled at the national level in the walking category in the JCCA 100 Days of Fitness competition. Edna is a role model for motivation and fitness as she walks close to a half marathon every day!
Finally, The Oregon Jewish Sports Hall of Fame committee honored the Harry Glickman Scholar Athlete Award Winners: Mia Kane and Sophie Wand. Both winners excelled in academics, sports and community service. A junior at Catlin Gabel, Sophie excels in soccer. A Lincoln High School junior, Mia is a standout in cross country and soccer.
After honoring all these all-stars and winners, Steve Friedman had a quick chat with Bobby Gross, who played for the Trailblazers and was a member of the 1977 championship team that used to practice at the MJCC. He recalled old times playing with Bill Walton and congratulated all the winners.
The event concluded with a performance by Nefesh Mountain. Although the MJCC couldn’t hold this event in person, the virtual event was spirited and uplifting, providing joy and something to celebrate in these times.