Published On: Fri, Dec 8th, 2017

Emmy Award Winning Journalist Deborah Norville to Headline Lion Luncheon

By: Michael Demyan

Deborah Norville

Deborah Norville, a two-time Emmy Award winner and host of CBS’s Inside Edition, will be attending and headlining the Lion of Judah Luncheon at The Polo Club of Boca Raton on Jan. 10.

Norville has been anchoring Inside Edition since 1995, making her the longest serving anchor currently on American television. She is also a New York Times best-selling author and former co-host of NBC’s Today. Last October, she was inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame.

“Every year our Lion of Judah program grows stronger and more powerful,” the event’s honorary chair Judy Levis Markhoff said. “Our community has one of the largest number of Lions in the country. This year we are fortunate to host Deborah Norville, two-time award winning anchor of Inside Edition, author and philanthropist, as our keynote speaker. Reservations are coming in quickly, and this event is going to be a sell-out.”

The annual event is a gathering of the hundreds of women who are members of the South Palm Beach County Jewish Federation. The Lion of Judah program consists of many women who have a passion for helping others. The local chapter has the second most members in the country.

“As always, we look forward to hearing our powerful roar resound from The Polo Club in Boca Raton through our neighborhoods to around the globe, wherever we are needed,” event chair Elyssa Kupferberg said. “Together, with compassion, creativity, generosity and perseverance, our Lions accomplish extraordinary things that make a vital difference in countless lives.”

Left to Right: Judy Levis Markhoff, Honorary Chair; Elyssa Kupferberg, Event Chair

The event will begin with registration at 10:15 a.m., before the luncheon begins at 11 a.m. Guests must be a Lion of Judah member to attend, which requires an annual gift of $5,000 to the UJA/Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County Annual Campaign. The cost for the luncheon itself will be $100 per member.

“Women in our community are powerful philanthropic leaders, and our Lion of Judah program exemplifies our impact, and our luncheon has become every season’s premier occasion in Jewish women’s philanthropy,” Kupferberg said. “Judy [Levis Markhoff] and I feel so privileged to chair this year’s event. The consummate philanthropist, Judy’s creativity and innovative thinking will ensure that this luncheon sets a new standard.”

The Lion of Judah Luncheon has numerous sponsors for this year’s event, including Berger Singerman, Boca Raton Regional Hospital Foundation, Ivan & Co. Fine Jewelry, The Boca Raton Observer and Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits. Wells Fargo Private Bank is also the sponsor of the associated Dorothy P. Seaman Department of Women’s Philanthropy.

Those who wish to attend can RSVP online at or by calling Caissa Vega at 561-852-6061. Vega can also be reached at that number or her email, [email protected], for more information.

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