Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Best-selling author Jennifer Weiner to headline Choices 2010 Luncheon, Feb. 17

On February 17, 2010, the Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center of the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado will host best-selling author Jennifer Weiner, featured guest speaker at CHOICES 2010.

CHOICES 2010, the Federation’s largest annual fundraising and outreach event for Jewish women and the single largest gathering of Jewish women in Colorado, will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the new Sheraton Hotel (formerly the Adam’s Mark) in downtown Denver. Chairs for the event are Sheryl Feiler, Marnie Miller, and Lori Weintraub. Federation’s Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center and 2010 Women’s Campaign are chaired by Amy Toltz-Miller.

er Weiner made her sensational literary debut in 2001 with The New York Times best-seller Good in Bed. She is also the author of subsequent international best-sellers In Her Shoes, which was later made into a full-length feature film starring Cameron Diaz, Shirley Maclaine, and Toni Collette, Little Earthquakes, Goodnight Nobody, The Guy Not Taken (a collection of short stories), Certain Girls, and the newly-released Best Friends Forever. More than 11 million copies of her books have been published in 36 countries.

Prior to becoming an accomplished novelist, Weiner worked as a journalist for 10 years, most notably as a staff writer and columnist for The Philadelphia Inquirer, where her stories ranged from profiles of Wendy the Snapple Lady and Adam Sandler to long Sunday stories about teenage drug abuse, sex and college students, and her grandmother's gefilte fish. Her work has also been published in Seventeen, Glamour, Redbook, Good Housekeeping, Elle, TV Guide, YM, and

A summa cum laude graduate of Princeton University, Weiner lives in Philadelphia with her husband, Adam, their daughters, Lucy Jane and Phoebe Pearl, and their beloved rat terrier, Wendell. Additional information about Jennifer Weiner can be fo
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“We are so excited that Jennifer Weiner has agreed to be our featured speaker this year," said CHOICES 2010 Co-Chair Sheryl Feiler. "Jennifer is smart, funny, articulate, and entertaining as both a public speaker and a writer. In fact, after hearing her speak, everyone at CHOICES will feel as though they just had lunch with a fabulous new girlfriend.”

“CHOICES is one of the most highly-anticipated events of the year. It truly fosters a sense of community for Jewish women in the Denver area and even beyond, while
supporting the very important work of the Allied Jewish Federation," said co-chair Lori Weintraub. "I strongly encourage any woman who hasn’t attended to come and enjoy the day, meet other like-minded women, and help us sustain Jewish life here in Colorado, Israel and around the world. You can make a huge difference, especially this year.”

Jewish Women’s Philanthropy Center/Women’s Campaign Chair Amy Toltz-Miller says, “On one day every year, approximately 1000 Jewish women from across the Denver/Boulder area come together over lunch to fulfill the mitzvah of tzedakah and make a difference in the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of people in need—here in Colorado and around the world. Through this sisterhood and their collective generosity, not only do they enrich the lives of others, but their lives are, in
turn, enriched as well. If you are a Jewish woman living in the Denver/Boulder area, I invite you to join us for this incredible event to experience it for yourself. It is something that is simply not to be missed.”

CHOICES 2010 is open to all women across the Denver/Boulder Jewish community. Thanks to the generosity of perennial CHOICES underwriters Sue Allon and Andrea Pollack, there is no cost to attend. Attendees will have the opportunity to make their gifts to the community’s 2010 Annual Campaign, however, and a minimum gift of $200 is requested (reduced giving levels for teens, youn
g professionals, and seniors are also available).

For more information, please call 303.316.6466 or email Information can also be found on the web at

About the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado

For more than 60 years, the Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado has been building and sustaining Jewish life across Colorado, in Israel, and around the world. Each year the Federation mobilizes the Jewish community to raise the crucial funds required to provide food, refuge, comfort, education, and emergency assistance to millions of people in-need. Last year, the Federation raised more than $11.3 million that benefited dozens of charitable agencies, both locally and worldwide.

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