Following the outstanding example set by our founder, Payday Payroll employees continue to be actively involved in volunteer and charitable work in the Hampton Roads community. Our CFO, Marty Mandelberg, donates time to several organizations, including being a member of the Holocaust Commission of the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater (one of Payday’s many non-profit clients).
Marty is a presenter and docent for the Commission’s What We Carry program. This program tells the stories of actual survivors of the Holocaust, by providing films with segments for narration, displays of artifacts and photographs and a question and answer period. Occasionally, the audience is fortunate to have one of the survivors in attendance. The program travels to public and private schools, military installations, religious and civic organizations and other groups by request. This is just one of the Commission’s many educational and community functions.
On January 9, 2015, Master award-winning teacher Craig Blackman of Indian River High School in Chesapeake, organized “Dana Cohen Day “ to honor a survivor who has been speaking at the school for several years. A full day of programming included a musical piece by the orchestra; artwork created by the students representing Dana’s journey through the Holocaust; individual original student performances including piano, ballet, readings and poetry; and, treats and snacks baked by the students.
Following Marty’s presentation to a standing room only crowd, Dana answered questions before two more student performances, one vocal and one on the violin. The day concluded with the dedication of a myrtle tree sapling at the school in Dana’s honor.
For all involved, spending “Dana Cohen Day” at Indian River High School with Mr. Blackman and the students was truly a privilege.