Tasting Success A True Toast to Jerry

June 01, 2023

Tasting Success A True Toast to Jerry

“It always seems impossible until it’s done." - Jerry Horowitz

On May 4, 2023, The Tasting sold out with more than 600 attendees gathering at The Stave Room to share in the glorious array of delicious tastes from 20 fabulous Atlanta restaurants and caterers. Guests Sip’d, Savor’d, and Splurge’d to raise more than $320,000 for the nonsectarian Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program for adults with disabilities. It was also filled with happy reunions, bringing back familiar faces from years past.

This year’s event was held in honor of the legacy of Jerry Horowitz, who helped create the program for adults with disabilities over 30 years ago. The evening began with an emotional Toast to Jerry. JF&CS CEO Terri Bonoff thanked the Horowitz’s continued commitment to the program over its evolution.

Pearlann Horowitz spoke of the goals for the independent living program and the needs for inclusivity for adults with disabilities.

"Life is thriving for them, and we want it to continue. We hope it will continue for a long, long time. For me, this has been a long goodbye. When Jerry and I started this, we believed there should be an organization that could help them with whatever they needed. We thank you, and we hope you will share that we want this program to thrive and to grow and to serve the community of adults with disabilities," she said.

Scott Horowitz also shared touching words about his late father, Jerry.

“My dad would say 'It's always seems impossible until it’s done,'" he said regarding the many projects Jerry helped make happen throughout his life, including the Zimmerman-Horowitz Independent Living Program.

Melissa DaSilva, Executive Director of Health Services, said, "Honoring Jerry Horowitz with his family and those who loved and admired him was one of the most inspiring experiences of my life."

Above are (from left) Michael Merlin, Scott, Michelle and Pearlann Horowitz, Caren Merlin, and Terri Bonoff, CEO of JF&CS.
Above are (from left) Michael Merlin, Scott, Michelle and Pearlann Horowitz, Caren Merlin, and Terri Bonoff, CEO of JF&CS.

Thanks to our dedicated Tasting Chairs, Honorary Chairs, and Committees, the event was the talk of the town and tickets sold out.

The Tasting Leadership

Throughout the night, guests enjoyed delicious plates that included a variety of cuisines. The mood was joyful, with many attendees reuniting with old friends and sharing memories of past tastings.

“The Tasting and the program means a lot to our family. We have a special needs daughter that could need these services in the future,” said Allison Tanenbaum.

At the end of the event, the Tasting leadership continued to talk about the success of the event.

“This was the best tasting ever! It’s a great cause for the community. It supports a population that depends on the services they need,” said Jennifer Slutsky

Vanessa Frank, Event Co-chair agreed.

“I am so inspired with our community’s generosity and philanthropy! It makes me want to continually be involved and engaged,” she said.

"The Tasting reflected the heart and soul of Jewish Atlanta – the warmth, vitality and intergenerational spirit coming together to honor the legacy of Jerry Horowitz and commit to the spirit of serving those in our community with intellectual and developmental disabilities for generations to come – L’dor v’dor,” said Terri.

Participants in the program enjoyed dressing up and eating at the event with family, friends and house managers and direct support professionals.

Thank you to our wonderful restaurants and caterers!

Added Touch Catering
Alma Cocina
C&S Seafood
Four Fat Cows
The General Muir
Il Giallo
Haven Restaurant and Bar
High Roller Sushi
Kaiser’s Chophouse
La Grotta
Mission + Market
Morty’s Meat & Supply
The Select
South City Kitchen
Zest Catering