Walt Frazier Tips Off New Men’s Event

Gary Rubin, Walt Frazier, David Ross

Gary Rubin, Walt Frazier, David Ross

BOCA RATON, Fla.Walt “Clyde” Frazier, the former New York Knicks great, shared his key life influences in remarks to a new men’s group of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County.

The evening with Walt “Clyde” Frazier was the first in a series of original programming by the Federation designed to build a team of philanthropic leaders to champion the Jewish community.

“The Federation stresses the importance of establishing a tradition of giving back to help people in need, which is what I believe, why I am involved in philanthropy, and how I was raised,” said Frazier, a Hall of Fame guard who led the Knicks to two NBA championships.

“I was raised by a village of family, neighbors, teachers who all took pride in building my character. Success takes tremendous leadership. You have to believe to achieve.”

The program, held April 30, 2014, at the Woodfield Country Club, drew 160 people.

Frank Russo, Matt Levin, Ralph Behmoiras

Frank Russo, Matt Levin, Ralph Behmoiras

With a nod to the Federation’s future, Master of Ceremony duties were handled by Florida Atlantic University sophomore Matthew Elfenbein.

“Walt Frazier is a role model to so many through his personal and professional work. It’s inspiring to be here with him and the men who are role models to my generation through the good they have done with Federation,” said Elfenbein, an active student leader through Hillel, his fraternity and other Jewish causes.

Founding members of the Men’s Committee include Don Brodie, Alan Cornell, Mark Dern, Bryan Drowos, Stuart Ganslaw, Arthur Goldberg, Stewart Kasen, David Katzman, Chester Kay, David Kirschner, Chuck Lichtman, Joseph Mishkin, Jeffrey Newman, Gary Rubin and Peter Wohlgemuth.

The evening was sponsored by the South Florida Learning Center, LLC. The Boca Raton Observer was exclusive magazine sponsor.

For more information, contact Felice Naide at (561) 852-6084 or

Photos by Jeffrey Tholl Photography.


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