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Chai to Pam at 50!

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owner profile imageCHAI! GOAL! WE MADE IT!
December 30, 2016

My apologies for all of the exclamation points, but I'm just SO CHAI from surpassing our $18K goal! Thank you all for making this CHAI to PAM  See more

BENEFITING: ORT AMERICA INC

Pamela Klier-Weidner

THE STORY:

This December 21st, I will turn 50 years old. I have spent most of my life not really thinking about, or asking for birthday presents. (I was a weird kid.) It's just not really my thing. I am alive, I live indoors, have food to eat, and have a host of family, friends and colleagues who I absolutely love. So, I consider myself a rich woman with a modest amount of money. More than anything, I want to be helpful to others. This drive to be helpful has been the core inspiration for all I did as a kid and all I do now.

In the past several years, some of you know I struggled with my own host of severe personal issues and especially when I dealt with my own serious illness as a single mom of two girls. While I knew at the time it would be logical and even a relief to request help with my obscene medical costs, I never asked. I'd thought about creating a personal fundraising site, and while I wasn't behaving as a martyr, I think I had faith that I'd get through it, and I did. When I began working at ORT as Campaign Director for the Metropolitan Chicago Region, it just felt like home. I waited a very long time to find the right fit, and I'm so grateful for my discernment and my acceptance of eating Ramen with great frequency.

My Mom, the incomparable Lois Klier, was dedicated to ORT when I was a wee one. She dove into the organization when I was almost 11 months old. I used to go along with her to meetings and events and while I don't remember everything about my childhood, I remember ORT. Everyone was so engaged and as dedicated to ORT as I've ever seen. Many of these ORT ambassadors are still deeply engaged and while some have died and they are sorely missed, their legacies are interspersed throughout ORT all over the world. I think that says a hell of a lot about the strength of a mission and vision.

While I was over the moon to carry on my Mother's legacy, I had no idea, until I arrived here at almost 50 years of age, how much this organization and its work would churn my own insides; how it would impact my whole life, my history and my own identity as a Jewish woman. I have learned that Jewish Continuity is important to me. I have learned that I MUST go to Israel. I am Jewish and I think I am finally owning and embracing it with a beautiful new lens.

So... this year, I am asking for one gift. There is an URGENT campaign to raise funds in the former Soviet Union. The ORT School and specifically the de Gunzburg School in St. Petersburg is in grave danger of losing its STEM programming. If they lose this programming, Jewish Continuity comes to a screeching halt. The science, technology, engineering and math is what brings students and their families to the school. If they lose that, they lose the Jewish education. This is especially important in such a secular society.

I am asking for $18, or "CHAI."

In Hebrew, the related word chaya means "life" or "long life", and is derived from the Hebrew word chai , meaning "life". It is a very common practice to "give chai," or in multiples of $18.

By "giving chai," you not only impact the future of students, their families and their communities, but you are giving me the very best 50th birthday I could ever hope for. If only half of my Facebook friends gave $18, I'd make my fundraising goal of $18,000 by 12/31/16. If you're thinking, "Why am I giving to this?" I will give you some good reasons. This is multiple choice:

  • I care about education
  • I care about Jewish Continuity
  • I care about children
  • I care about Pam
  • I care about Lois Klier
  • I care about my ancestors in the former Soviet Union and would like to be a part of positive impact for these communities
  • I care about my family who was involved with ORT for years
  • I am an agent of change and that's just how I roll
  • I have tons of "chai" under my bed and have to prep for spring cleaning, so I'm going to need to give at least 18 "chais" to this urgent fundraising campaign!
  • I care about donating three "chais, " in hopes of enhancing Pam's life by enhancing the life of ORT's schools and programming
  • I care, but I have no mula. Please share widely with your networks!
  • All of the above

There's no wrong answer and you catch my subtle drift. Even if we've never met in person, I'm putting myself out there with passion, love and with appreciation for all of the individuals who in some way, impact my life. You may not know it, but you do make a difference in my life. I hope with all of my might that I impact you in the same way, and that you'll invest in ORT. This will be a direct and powerful message to my heart, that I have impacted you and your life and that you are invested in me too. Thank you in advance you philanthropist, you.

 

P.S. CHAI there.

$18,049

MONEY RAISED
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  • KB

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $36

  • Charles Simpson

    $36

  • Anonymous

    $108

  • Kristen and Riley

     

  • David Bennett Allen

    $36

  • Pam Klier-Wildman

    $50

  • Krissy Blue Eyes

    $36

  • Anonymous

    $180

  • Suzanne Shoub

     

  • Vicki Elekman

     

  • Barb Statland

     

  • Barbara Ward

     

  • Charlotte Weidner

     

  • Adam Bitterman

     

  • Loi and Marty Hauselman

    $25

  • Ann Haskel

    $50

  • Bob and Jennie G.

    $50

  • Juliette Weidner

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $84

  • Toni Werner

    $108

  • Lisa Kaplin

    $25

  • Melonie Collmann

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $54

  • Anonymous MCR Staff member who thinks you are all the bees knees

    $18

  • Ken Newman

    $150

  • Pam's Favorite Lackey

    $36

  • Leah Greenblum

    $18

  • Anonymous

     

  • Stephen Keen

    $90

  • The Romain Three

    $54

  • Anonymous

    $200

  • Douglas Weidner

    $18.02

  • The Multers

     

  • Bob Saxner

     

  • Barb Brigel & Steve Juhasz

    $250

  • Fred Zimmerman

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Shelly Dreifuss

    $18

  • Julia McStravog

    $18

  • Mike Rosenthal

    $50

  • Friend

     

  • Polly and Erin

    $50

  • black rose

    $75

  • Renae Jacob

     

  • Sarah Gold

    $18

  • Judy Levey

    $50

  • Anonymous

     

  • Jeff Cooper

    $50

  • Louanne and David Eaton

    $36

  • Sheila & Leah BBDec

    $200.30

  • Bobby Van Husen

    $25

  • Percival Browne

    $25

  • Ellen and Bob Doppelt

    $36

  • Brittney

    $50

  • A grateful mother

    $13

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Adam Hecktman

    $250

  • Heather Hewett & Matthew Weidner

    $100

  • Anonymous

    $360

  • Carl & Rachel Grace

    $108

  • Brad Kolar

    $18

  • Shari & Family

    $18

  • Roberta Teitelbaum

    $18

  • Ronna Heftman

    $36

  • Lilly

    $108

  • The Four Graces

    $36

  • LISA TROTTER

    $18

  • Paul Katz

     

  • Anonymous

     

  • Peter K

    $100

  • Ann Bergart

    $50

  • Nancy & Alan Wagner

     

  • Dean and Wendy Weidner

     

  • Andrea and David Reich

    $1,800

  • Sarah Follmer

    $25

  • Jonathan Lehrer

    $36

  • Anonymous

     

  • Mindy Gordon

     

  • Laura Schecker

    $50

  • Sam Corcione and Jerry Strange

    $50

  • Dave Bloom

    $75

  • Robert Cerone

    $500

  • Kathy Feingold Caisley

    $18

  • Anonymous

    $360

  • Philip Klier

    $108

  • $18

  • Bill Kaufman

    $4,000

  • Anonymous

    $18

  • Rachel Olesker

    $18

  • ANot-so-Secret Admirer.

    $108

  • Lilly

    $100

  • Brad Kolar

    $1,800

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100% Raised of$18,000 Goal

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The Team: $18,049 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Fundraiser Title

Pamela Klier-Weidner

Amount Raised

$17,505

 

97% Raised of$18,000 Goal

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Adam Bitterman

Amount Raised

$190

Donor Comments

Brad Kolar

Brad Kolar

DONATION: $1,800

I'm honor of my mom, Brenda Kolar, and her commitment to ORT 2 years ago

Lilly

Lilly

DONATION: $100

To our future: All children around the world have the right to an education! Thanks for all your work, Pam. 2 years ago

ANot-so-Secret Admirer.

ANot-so-Secret Admirer.

DONATION: $108

2 years ago

Rachel Olesker

Rachel Olesker

DONATION: $18

Happy 50th Pam! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $18

2 years ago

Bill Kaufman

Bill Kaufman

DONATION: $4,000

2 years ago

DONATION: $18

Woot. $12K. 2 years ago

Philip Klier

Philip Klier

DONATION: $108

Love you sis! Happy 50th! 2 years ago

Anonymous

ANONYMOUS

DONATION: $360

2 years ago

Kathy Feingold Caisley

Kathy Feingold Caisley

DONATION: $18

Happy birthday, Pam! What a great campaign. 2 years ago