Jewish National Fund Tree of Life Award Dinner
Monday February 03, 2020
Vineyards Country Club
400 Vineyards Blvd., Naples, FL 34119
5:30 pm Cocktails
6:00 pm Dinner and Program
Susan and Arthur Bookbinder
In 2003, Art and Sue Bookbinder moved permanently from New York to North Naples to enjoy their retirement, but they could only sit still for so long. Sixteen years later, they are two of the most well-known people in Naples' philanthropic and volunteer circles, and that’s particularly noteworthy, since Art, 77, is totally blind and his wife, Sue, 73, has multiple sclerosis. In NYC the Bookbinders were high powered executives. Today, Art is currently Chairman of the Board of Lighthouse of Collier, an organization he helped establish and grow as Collier County’s first and only rehabilitation organization for blind and low-vision individuals, and Sue has served the community working for various non-profits including a stint as co-president of the American Technion Society, which helps raise money for the Technion University and Hospital in Israel. The couple has also received various honors for their service, including being named “Champions” by Champions of Learning, and being featured on “25 over 50” by Naples Daily News. In 2018, the Collier County Commissioner presented Art with the “Against All Odds, Overcoming Obstacles” award. The Bookbinders hope is that people, regardless of handicap or disability, all are given the chance to enjoy a lifetime of promise, that is filled with some of their amazing experiences.
Former Miss Israel, Model and TV Personality
Titi Aynaw is a top Israeli model, former Miss Israel, television personality, Israel advocate and community leader. In 2013 she became the first Israeli-Ethiopian to win the Miss Israel title, opening the door for other Ethiopian models and causing advertisers to reassess their attitudes towards black models. She had never modeled previously and was unknowingly entered into the beauty competition by a high school friend. The win brought pride to the Ethiopian community and she is considered one of their leading role-models and spokespeople.