Sister of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation thanks members for volunteer work SanTan Sun News

Sister of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation thanks members for volunteer work

June 6th, 2017 | by SanTan Sun News
Sister of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation thanks members for volunteer work
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By Jessica Suriano

The Sisterhood of the Sun Lakes Jewish Congregation held its annual luncheon on May 19 at the Singing Pandas Asian Restaurant and Bar, 757 E. Chandler Blvd., to celebrate its philanthropy for the community and thank members for their volunteer efforts.

The Sisterhood was able to raise significant funds for various charities in the area, such as the Chandler CARE Center Food Bank, Female Homeless Veterans, Sun Lakes Fire Department, Chandler Unified School District Homeless Fund, Hospice of the Valley, Neighbors Who Care and the Hillel Jewish Student Center at Arizona State University.

At their luncheon, members of the Sisterhood enjoyed performances by Singing Pandas owner, Sherry Chen, as she sang songs in Mandarin, Cantonese and Taiwanese. Chen’s husband, Mike Russell, also performed Elvis Presley songs.

Chen said they enjoy bringing a fun dining experience to their guests with the musical performances.

Created in 1986, the Sisterhood hosts many fundraisers every year, such as toy drives for underprivileged children. They also created a cookbook for $20 a piece, and most of the proceeds from that endeavor funded charities as well, according to the Sisterhood’s website.

Geri Gould and Carol Biales are the co-presidents of the Sisterhood. Gould said the group’s largest fundraiser is its annual Card Party, where guests can play a variety of card games, enjoy lunch and enter raffle contests. The next Card Party will be Feb. 12, 2018.

Every December, the Sisterhood also donates toys to all the boys and girls at Frye Elementary. Gould said they hold the luncheon every year to thank their members for their year of service.

Membership into the Sisterhood is $25, and prospective members should be ready to join a group of “friendly, dedicated volunteers who focus on many local charities, both of a Jewish and non-denominational origin in the Chandler area,” according to the website. Gould said prospective members should be community-orientated and willing to help.

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