JCC Speakeasy fund-raiser on Nov. 11

The JCC Speakeasy is this year’s annual Jewish Community Center sports fund-raiser to support the Center’s sports programming. It will be held on Saturday, November 11, from 7-10 pm. Admission to the event is $50 per person, with additional sponsorship levels available. Reservations can be made by calling 724-2417. The entire community is welcome and encouraged to attend.
The evening will feature live music and entertainment by local DJ and singer John “Yanni” Koutsaris. Koutsaris has been involved in music since he was a child, and has been performing professionally since the age of 14, when he joined his father’s Greek band as a drummer. Aside from being a DJ, Koutsaris specializes in performing classic selections such as Neil Diamond, Frank Sinatra and Michael Buble, and has been featured at weddings and other events. The JCC Speakeasy event will also feature food, drink and casino games. 
The fund-raiser supports the Jewish Community Center’s youth and adult sports programming, including the Sunday Hoopsters program, Elite Product Training, various children’s basketball camps, and competitive and recreational leagues for men. These programs are designed and managed by Dan Whalen, the JCC health, physical education and recreation director. 
According to Whalen, “The main focus of our sports programs is to strengthen our community and provide a safe place for our youth to grow. This is an excellent opportunity for all of us to come together as a community. Doing so, we will all have a great time and support a great cause.
“Here at the JCC, we aim to run the highest quality program at the lowest possible price,” Whalen added. “This event is instrumental in keeping our costs affordable for people from all socioeconomic backgrounds. It also helps us provide financial assistance to families who are going through tough times.”
For more information, to sponsor or participate, contact the JCC Office at 724-2417 or e-mail at jccoffice@binghamtonjcc.org.