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Signature Events appeal to a large segment of MCA population. They represent the best programming that MCA has to offer.
Oldie's Sock Hop
Join your MCA friends and their partners for MCA's first
Oldies Sock Hop.
A sock hop was an informal dance for teenagers in the 1950s. Dancers had to remove their shoes and dance in socks or stockings to protect the varnished floor of a school gymnasium and to get better slides in certain dance styles.
We will dance to music from the 50's and 60's, enjoy pizza and snacks, and dress in period appropriate clothes.
A professional DJ will play our favorites all night long.
Come on everyone... let’s twist again like we did that summer.
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Hosted by award-winning Israeli performer and son of Holocaust survivors Dudu Fisher (Les Miserables), Baltic Truth is the story of one man’s fight to reclaim his birthright, and expose the horrific details of Latvian involvement in the murders of his family and neighbors during the Holocaust. He fears that responsibility is being denied --that society is allowing the truth of history to be swept aside and that justice must have a voice.
The film runs 90 minutes
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Future of Healthcare
CEO Naples Community Hospital Healthcare
MCA is proud to announce that our kickoff speaker for the 2023 – 2024 luncheon is Paul Hiltz, CEO of NCH HEALTHCARE in Naples. Paul started in 2019 as CEO of the two inpatient campuses with a combined 716 bed capacity along with two freestanding emergency departments and numerous outpatient and diagnostic locations.
Today NCH Healthcare System is one of the most progressive in the country. More than just a few hospitals, the NCH Healthcare System is an alliance of more than 700 independent physicians and medical facilities in dozens of locations throughout Collier County and Southwest Florida. Not only do they offer advanced comprehensive care, but they also embrace new, effective ideas in medical care and healing.
Mr. Hiltz will update us on the latest developments at NCH, and what we can look forward to in the future, as well as answering any questions you have.
MCA is happy to welcome back to Naples, Sarge. Three years ago, he performed for a sellout crowd at Off the Hook Comedy Club. Comedian Sarge Is an entertainer who has performed worldwide to adoring audiences. A triple threat - a musical piano savant, amazing improvisational comedian and singer. His book, “Black Boychik”, traces his hilarious, inspirational life of twists and turns, ups and downs.
Celebrate the third night of Hanukahh with candle lighting and comedy. Light refreshments will follow the show.
Registration Available Soon
The Modern Approach to Genetic Testing: From Tay-Sachs to BRCA.
You care about your own health. You care about keeping your friends, family, and community healthy. But, did you know that:
Deciphering the National Popular Vote
presented by Suzanne Low
Most Americans, when asked, respond yes to the question “Should the U.S. President be the candidate who receives the most popular votes in the entire United States?” But that is not our current state-by- state winner-take-all system. The National Popular Vote (NPV) law, which works with the electoral college and does not require a constitutional amendment, has been signed into law by governors of both parties in 16 states and the District of Columbia, representing 205 (76%) of the votes necessary to implement this legislation. When states representing 270 electoral votes (the number needed to elect the President) have passed the law, the National Popular Vote will go into effect. When effective, it will guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states and D.C. combined. The law will ensure that every vote will be equal throughout the U.S., regardless of where you live, and that every vote, in every state, will matter in every presidential election. Our goal in Florida is to pass this law by 2024.
Suzanne Low is District Chair of Floridians for National Popular Vote (NPV) and NPV Chair of the League of Women Voters of Collier County. She has lived in Southwest Florida since 1997, serving as Director of Florida Operations and financial advisor for an independent wealth management firm until her retirement in 2016. Before moving to Florida, she worked as an attorney for 16 years in New Jersey.
Suzanne was President of the Estate Planning Council of Naples, President of the Financial Planning Association of Southwest Florida and Charter Class member of Leadership Bonita. She served as a Board member of PACE at Immokalee, the Speakers Assembly of Southwest Florida, League of Women Voters of Collier County and Temple Shalom of Naples. Suzanne speaks about the National Popular Vote to civic, leadership, adult education and community groups. Suzanne has a BA with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, an MA from Indiana University and her JD from Rutgers School of Law
Heat and Human Health: Solutions to Save Lives From These Deadly Events
Laurence S. Kalkstein, Ph.D.
President, Applied Climatologists, Inc. Chief Heat Science Advisor, Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center
Heat is the leading weather-related killer in the United States, with more annual deaths than hurricanes, tornadoes, blizzards, and lightning combined. Public awareness is low, since heat does not cause physical damage to the landscape, and most people feel that they are immune to the negative impacts of extreme heat events.
This presentation will introduce present-day innovative technologies that can significantly lessen the negative health consequences of excessive heat events, including physical changes to the urban landscape, the development of sophisticated heat/health warning systems, the increase in public awareness, and improved responses from local governments. These interventions can delay the impacts of climate change by many decades if instituted properly.
Dr. Laurence Kalkstein is President of Applied Climatologists, Inc. His academic career spans over 40 years and appointments at three universities: UCLA, the University of Delaware, and the University of Miami. He received his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University and his Masters and Ph.D. from Louisiana State University.
Kalkstein serves as Chief Heat Science Advisor for the Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Center as part of the newly-formed Extreme Heat Resilience Alliance (EHRA).
Kalkstein also serves as principal investigator and co-founder of the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative (LA UCC; consisting of university, governmental, and non-profit partners) which has developed a comprehensive neighborhood plan to lessen urban heat island negative health impacts in that city.
Additionally, Kalkstein’s lab is presently working with various urban areas in the U.S. to quantify heat-health relationships, updating existing watch warning systems for National Weather Service Offices, and instituting plans to develop LAUCC-like “cool cities collaboratives” within these areas.
The Federal Court System:
My Life as a Federal Judge
presented by Richard Linn
Senior United States Circuit Judge of the US Court of Appeals
Judge Linn will talk about the structure and functioning of the federal judiciary. He will address the constitutional basis for the federal judiciary, the organization of the federal courts, the funding of the judiciary, the number and types of different federal judges, and a behind the scenes peek at the day to day operation of our federal court system and how cases are decided at trial and on appeal.
RICHARD LINN was appointed by President William J. Clinton in 1999 and assumed the duties of the office on January 1, 2000.
Judge Linn was awarded the 2009 New York Intellectual Property Law Association Leadership Award. He also received the 2009 Jefferson Medal from the New Jersey Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2010, Judge Linn received the Outstanding Public Service Award from the New York Intellectual Property Law Association. In 2011, he was awarded the inaugural Mark Banner Award by the American Bar Association and the A. Sherman Christensen Award by the American Inns of Court Foundation. In 2012, Judge Linn was awarded the Outstanding IP Achievement Award from the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association, and in 2013, he received the Distinguished Judicial Service Award from the Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago. He received the William Conner American Inn of Court Excellence Award in 2014. That year, he also received the Distinguished IP Professional Award from the Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation. In 2015, Judge Linn was recognized by the Board of Directors of the American Intellectual Property Law Association with its highest award, the Excellence Award. In 2018, he was elected to the IP Hall of Fame by the IAM IP Hall of Fame Academy. In 2022, Judge Linn was awarded the Pasquale J. Federico Award by the Patent & Trademark Office Society. In 2023, he was awarded the DC Bar Champion of IP Award.
My Career from Green Beret to the 19th Director of the US Secret Service
presented by Lew Merletti
Lew began his career with the Army's 5th Special Forces Group (aka Green Berets) in the jungles of Southeast Asia, where he earned a Bronze Star. Following his military service, he joined the US Secret Service.
Lew will talk about serving under Presidents Reagan, Bush and Clinton, about his days on the elite Counter Assault Team, and on the Presidential Protective Detail.
He then became Director of the Secret Service, and will share anecdotes on being responsible for the lives of important people.
Finally, Lew will tell us how he ended up becoming the Interim coach of the Cleveland Browns.
Israel Between Wars (Annual Update)
MCA Member Steve Schreier
Every year Steve makes several predictions regarding the political and economic condition in Israel, and in the Middle East in general. He looks back at events over the last year with an eye toward understanding their implications, and projecting forward. How did those predictions turn out and what will the next year look like?
Presenter: Steve Schreier, a resident of Massachusetts since 2008 and now Southwest Florida, and the president of the Schreier Group, which provides consulting to non-profit organizations and philanthropic foundations. Prior to that, Steve served as consultant and Senior Vice President of the American Technion Society from 1986-2007, during which he was responsible for the conceptualization, creation and implementation of a comprehensive development structure and program throughout the United States. He has also served in executive positions in Jewish Federations and as a community and campaign consultant for the Council of Jewish Federations.
Steve's personal ties to Israel are deep-rooted. He lived on a kibbutz for a year of work-study in 1962, and moved to Israel in 1970 to conduct research on his doctorate.
Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
MCA Member Bob Gage and Sandy Greenberg, author of Hello Darkness, My Old Friend
MCA member, Bob Gage, will host a Q&A session with his friend, Sandy Greenberg, author of Hello Darkness, My Old Friend. The presentation will cover the highlights of Sandy's memoir, from his hardscrabble beginnings in a traditional Jewish family in Buffalo, NY, losing his first father in early childhood, to being "the luckiest man in the world".
As a star student/leader/athlete attending Columbia University, Sandy became blind following botched medical treatment and surgery for advancing glaucoma. Saved from a deep depression by his roommate and life-long best friend, musician Art Garfunkel, and his wife, Sue Greenberg, Sandy rose above his difficulties to earn advanced degrees at Harvard and Oxford, served as a White House Fellow, founded, and sold a series of tech companies, chaired or served on numerous boards including the National Science Board, John Hopkins University and the Wilmer Eye Institute. Sandy's "extraordinary vision for life" has been an inspiration to those whom he has touched deeply, including Ruth Bader Ginsberg, Michael Bloomberg, and Al Gore.
Sandy will explain how Judaism has been the driver of so much of his service and accomplishments and will share his most recent project - - offering the "End Blindness by 2020 Prize" awarded to scientists who have made the most impact this past decade in the quest to eradicate blindness - - Sandy's tikkun olam! - - Sandy's life plan developed in 1961 "to make the world a better place for those who come after us".
Each attendee will receive a copy of Sandy’s book.
Greatest Jewish Composers Piano Concert
In this one-of-a-kind presentation, international concert pianist and former University Professor Peter Simon both performs and narrates the history and greatness of Jewish composers who have positively influenced western music throughout the years.
From European Classical to Israeli music to Broadway show tunes, Mr. Simon both entertains and enlightens his audience with this presentation of the history of the great Jewish Composers. Among the composers that Mr. Simon will present will be Felix Mendelssohn, Earnest Bloch, Maurice Ravel, Paul Ben-Haim, Jacques Offenbach, Irving Berlin, Richard Rogers and George Gershwin.
A native of Denver, Colorado, Peter Simon has toured the world giving concerts, lecture-recitals and children's shows. Among his achievements were performances in Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center, four tours of Israel, as well as European and Asian tours. He has also performed in over 500 U.S. cities, believing that good music should be enjoyed by everyone regardless of age or background.
Light refreshments will be served after the concert.
Reservations Available Soon
Eighth Annual Sweetheart Dance
Join us for the 8th annual Sweetheart Dinner Dance. Spend time with old and new friends. The evening includes a cocktail reception, a top notch dinner, and great music provided by the Dazzling DelRays. Everyone is sure to have a rockin' good time.
The last seven Sweetheart Dances sold out,
so make your reservation early!!
Overview and Update of Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)
Presented by Steve Hennigan
Deputy Executive Director of Aviation
Chief Operating Officer
Lee County Port Authority
My Journey Through American and International Jewish Organizations
MCA member Michael Siegal was awarded the Israeli Presidential Medal of Honor last December for his extraordinary commitment to the Jewish State and advancing ties between Israel and North American Jewry. Michael D. Siegal has been on The Jewish Agency Board of Governors since 2012 and served as Chairman from 2017 to 2022. He is the Executive Chairman of Olympic Steel, Inc. (Nasdaq: Zeus), a billion-plus dollar metals service center in the United States and Mexico. He also is on the board of Cleveland-Cliffs, Inc. (NYSE: CLF).
Among many philanthropic positions, he has served previously as Board Chair of the Development Corporation for Israel (Israel Bonds), the Cleveland Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA). He, along with his wife Anita, helped establish the Michael and Anita Siegal One Happy Camper Scholarship Fund with the Foundation of Jewish Camping.
Michael and Anita have three children and five grandchildren.