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3 inspiring women honored for lifetimes of good deeds at Jewish Family Service event

By Carole Mikita | Posted - Oct. 27, 2013 at 10:35 p.m.


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SALT LAKE CITY — Hundreds gathered for the Sixth Annual Jewish Family Service Tribute Dinner to honor three inspiring women.

"I love finding a solution if I see a problem," said Joanne Spitzer McGillis, one of the trio of honorees.

McGillis and her husband, Dick, founded The McGillis School, and established endowed scholarships at Westminster College, the University of Utah, and its College of Nursing.

"Education eradicates bigotry, intolerance and violence," McGillis said. "So, what could be better than that?"

Suzanne Seller Frank Goldsmith began as a young women volunteering at Neighborhood House. She founded the Jewish Community Center's preschool, and she was a major fundraiser for The Road Home shelter.

She was not able to speak to KSL because of deteriorating health.


I was raised by a widowed mother and with all the love in the world. I never knew not to give love back.

–Irene Stone Tannenbaum


"In our living room, a committee got together a long time ago to talk about a shelter, which didn't exist," said Larry Goldsmith, Suzanne's husband. "As a result of that, the rest of the story you now know ... We have The Road Home."

Irene Stone Tannenbaum served as Utah president of Hadassah, a worldwide Jewish women's organization that helps fund medical care and research, volunteered for Susan G. Komen as a breast cancer survivor, and worked to include the LGBT Jews in the community.

"I was raised by a widowed mother and with all the love in the world," Tannenbaum said. "I never knew not to give love back."

Jewish Family Service, founded in 1872, is a nonprofit social services organization, which offers help to people of all denominations.

"They truly are inspiring," Ellen Silver, director of Jewish Family Service, said of the night's honorees. "They've done so much for the general community and so much for the Jewish community."

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