The ballroom of the Stamford Hilton was filled to capacity on Sunday evening, May 21, to pay tribute to the past, present and future of Bi-Cultural Day School at the annual BCDS Celebration Dinner.
In keeping with the dinner’s theme, “Blessed,” the gala evening celebrated the school’s numerous accomplishments over the course of its 61 year history, and honored several community leaders including: Guest of Honor Shoshana Dweck, the parent of three BCDS alumni and a resident of Armonk; BCDS alumnus Rachel Rothman, who received the BCDS Community Service Award; Stamford native Jenny Fuchs, a BCDS parent who received the school’s Young Leadership Award; Bi-Cultural’s physical education teacher Coach Joe Nealon, who received the school’s Jane Schoztic Memorial Award; and Rabbi Tzvi Bernstein, of Stamford, who received the BCDS Alumni Award.
“I am a better parent because of the lessons I learned from the gifted and caring teachers, administrators, parents and volunteers of BCDS. There is so much talent, so much love, so much respect—all fueled by Yiddishkeit and a drive for excellence,” Dweck told those gathered as she accepted her award.
“We chose Bi-Cultural as our school for many reasons, including the deep Zionism that runs through its veins. What we found was so much more: a family and a community,” she added.
The evening was also highlighted by the presentation of the inaugural Morton G. Scheraga President’s Award to Kamal Haron. Presented to Haron by David Pitkoff, president of the BCDS Board of Trustees, the new award, according to the school, “recognizes individuals who have provided outstanding service, dedication and commitment to the growth of Bi-Cultural Day School, the Stamford community and Klal Yisrael.”
Among the evening’s entertainment, dinner guests enjoyed a musical performance by the school’s eighth graders, who were newly returned from their month-long school-sponsored trip to Israel and brought with them the spirit of the Jewish state.
Noting the “record-breaking crowd” in attendance, BCDS Head of School Jackie Herman called the evening “a spectacular success, thanks to our honorary chairs, Gayle and Howard Rothman; dinner chairs, Meg and Yoav Haron, and Dani and Avi Kwalwasser; dinner journal co-chairs, Cheryl Bader-Goldblum and Stephen Goldblum, Tara and Richard Shapiro and Stephanie and Josh Bilenker; as well as to the entire dinner and journal committee.”