The tenth anniversary campaign of the Federation for the Support of Jewish Philanthropic Societies for $4,720,000 reached a total of $4,189,579 with the announcement of the theatrical division at a luncheon in the Hotel Astor that it has subscribed $56,710 of its $100,000 quota.
Among the contributions announced at the luncheon at which Adolph Zukor presided, was one of $5,000 from E. F. Albee. Thomas Meighan sent $1,000. Lee Shubert, B. S. Moss and Joseph Leblang contributed $5,000 each, Jesse Lasky, Maurice Goodman and Ely Stroock gave $3,000 each.
Maurice Goodman, councilor of the theatrical division, read a letter from Mr. Albee which accompanied his contribution.
“I am conscious of the great work that is being done for the care of the unfortunate, and it is most commendable that a race of people should so conscientiously, humanely and considerately care for their own, and I know most of their institutions are non-sectarian.
“I feel that it should be the purpose of the strong to care for the weak, and it is to the everlasting credit of the Jewish people that they are doing their share in this respect,” Mr. Albee wrote.
Subscriptions of $1,500 each were made by Walter Reade and David Bernstein. Eddie Cantor, who is one of the directors of Surprise Lake Camp, which provides vacations for poor boys, gave $1,000. Marcus Heiman of Chicago, David Picer of the Wurlitzer Piano Company and Jules Brulatour also made contributions of $1,000 each.
At the suggestion of Sidney S. Cohen, plans were started for a permanent organization of theatrical men to raise funds annually for the federation. Others who spoke at the meeting included Maurice Goodman, William Morris and Joseph Leblang.