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Detroit Allied Jewish Campaign Opens with $4, 412, 520 in Contributions

April 7, 1966
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With pre-campaign contributions totaling $4,412,520, Detroit’s 1966 Allied Jewish Campaign has opened with such success that this year’s total is expected to reach close to $6, 000,000, thus marking the drive as the best in this city’s Jewish fund-raising history, it was announced here. The 1966 drive, it was indicated by the advance gifts, will exceed the 1965 totals by at least $500, 000, and will top the all-time local high of $5, 918, 269 contributed in 1957.

Announcement of the figures was made by Sol Eisenberg and Irwin Green, co-chairmen of the campaign; Hyman Safran, president of the Jewish Welfare Federation; and William Avrunin, Federation executive director. The prediction of peak achievements were made on the basis of the fact that last year’s corresponding opening campaign event reported contributions of $4,140, 424, nearly $273, 000 less than the initial amount reported this year.

Mr. Safran announced that this year’s early results indicate that, by the end of the 1966 drive, the Detroit Jewish community will have reached a total of $100, 000, 000 given by Detroit’s Jewry in 40 years of Federation campaigning. The beneficiaries include 57 local, national and overseas Jewish agencies.

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