Published On: Tue, Mar 20th, 2012

Actress Marlee Matlin Addresses Audience at JARC Anniversary Gala

BOCA RATON – Academy Award winner actress Marlee Matlin address the audience at the 26th year anniversary gala of the Jewish Association for Residential Care March 11, 2012 at Boca West Country Club.

JARC also honored Dr. Debra Hallow, executive director, for her 18 years of service and dedication to this organization.

The gala was chaired by Judy Levis Markhoff. Boca Magazine, Capital Grille and Bloomingdales 2012 Gala partners.  Markhoff underwrote the cost of the event.

Growing up with severe hearing loss, Marlee was able to channel her experiences into her character in “Children of a Lesser God,” in which she became the youngest actress at age 21 to win an Oscar for Best Actress in a film debut. She appeared with her interpreter, Jack Jason.

WPTV News Channel 5 Anchor Michael Williams was the MC.

“Eighteen years ago when Debra Hallow became the executive director of JARC it necessitated a complete reorganization of the agency.  Within a short time her organization was in full swing.  These years have been fruitful and happy.  With her constant smile and hard work we have seen JARC grow and become extremely successful and a far reaching asset in the community and beyond.  We are grateful for the fulfillment of her dream as well as ours,” stated Dr. Melvin and Edith Clayman, JARC Founders and last year’s honorees.

“I can’t imagine what JARC would be like without Debra Hallow.  Her commitment and devotion to JARC’s clients are exemplary. She is a most deserving honoree, as without her, JARC would not be the same. We are so fortunate to have her,” states Ron Siegel, JARC board president.

Photo By: Mike Gora

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