Cuomo to speak to Jewish donors in Pikesville

November 04, 1992|By Frank P. L. Somerville | Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer

Mario M. Cuomo, the Democratic governor of New York, is scheduled to address major local contributors to Jewish charities at a fund-raiser Monday evening in Pikesville.

A spokeswoman for the Associated Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore said yesterday that about 730 donors have pledged more than $1.25 million, enabling them to attend a dinner or reception for Mr. Cuomo at Chizuk Amuno Congregation on Stevenson Road.

She said Mr. Cuomo is expected to discuss the impact of yesterday's elections on Jewish concerns, including Israel and the Middle East.

In Albany, an aide to Mr. Cuomo said the governor had not yet written his speech for the Pikesville appearance.

Because the event comes so soon after the elections, politics can hardly be avoided, the aide added.

The pledges made as a result of Mr. Cuomo's scheduled visit will be applied to the 1993 Baltimore federation goal of $22.5 million for educational, religious, humanitarian, health, cultural and social service programs -- here and in more than 30 other countries. Of the total raised locally in the annual federation campaign, 42 percent goes to the United Jewish Appeal for distribution overseas.

Of the 1993 goal, about half has already been raised.

The 1992 campaign garnered $21 million.

The federation's annual telephone appeal, bringing together nearly 1,000 volunteers who will call about 15,000 local Jewish families, will be conducted between 9:30 a.m. and 9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Jewish Community Center on Park Heights Avenue.

As part of the Monday evening visit, Governor Cuomo will attend a dinner from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Chizuk Amuno for donors who have pledged $5,000 or more to the federation.

As of yesterday, about 130 had signed up.

An additional 600 people have pledged $1,000 or more, making them eligible to attend the dessert reception for Mr. Cuomo after the dinner. He is due to address the entire group at 8 p.m.

Mr. Cuomo made a similar appearance on behalf of the annual federation campaign in 1989.

Other speakers in recent years were former New York City Mayor Edward I. Koch, in 1991; Simcha Dinitz, head of the agency that manages immigration to Israel; author and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel; Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, a Massachusetts Democrat; and former President Gerald R. Ford, a Republican.

"We're excited to have Governor Cuomo as our keynote speaker," said Barbara Himmelrich, chairwoman of the federation's 1993 campaign.

"He is a dynamic speaker on current issues of national concern," Ms. Himmelrich said.

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