Second Harvest Food Bank has partnered with the Rotary Club of Metairie for a special raffle called the 2015 Big Game Raffle.

Second Harvest will receive 50 percent of revenue from all raffle tickets sold. You’ll have a chance to win game tickets to see the Saints, LSU and the Pelicans, as well as many other prizes.

Tickets are $20 each, and the drawing will be held Aug. 20 at the noon meeting of the Rotary Club’s monthly luncheon at Metairie Country Club. Winners do not need to be present.

The grand prize is three club seats to Saints vs. Titans, $150 at Ruth’s Chris Steak House, $300 gift certificate at The Ritz Carlton and two concert tickets to the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra.

Second prize is two seats to the Saints and Giants game on the 35-yard line, loge club seats, $100 gift certificate to Acme Oyster House, two nights at the Intercontinental and two LPO concert tickets.

Additional prizes include tickets to various Saints and LSU games throughout the year as well as parking passes, gift certificates to various restaurants, a fishing trip for four people and three winners for two tickets each to a Pelicans game.

Second Harvest Food Bank will receive 50 percent of the revenue from all raffle tickets sold through the food bank so call the Second Harvest office in Harahan to get your tickets at (504) 734-1322.

Katrina program

A special program and dinner is planned for later this month as the members of Congregation Beth Israel commemorate the 10th anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.

“10 Years Forward — Mighty Waters Cannot Extinguish Our Love” is the theme of the event planned for 6:30 p.m. Aug. 23 at Beth Israel, 4004 W. Esplanade Ave., Metairie. Rabbi Uri Topolosky, the former spiritual leader of Beth Israel, and his wife, Dahlia, will be the evening’s special guests.

Beth Israel’s former site on Canal Boulevard was destroyed in Katrina. In 2006, Congregation Gates of Prayer opened its doors to Beth Israel, and for the next few years, Beth Israel held services and special programs in a portion of the Gates of Prayer synagogue.

A few years later, Gates of Prayer sold a portion of its land to Beth Israel, and the new synagogue, which stands next door to Gates of Prayer, opened on Aug. 26, 2012.

Tickets to the event are $54 per person. Individual sponsor tickets also are available for $180. A portion of the proceeds from the event will go to the United Orthodox Synagogues of Houston for flood relief.

For information and tickets, call (504) 454-5080 or email

And speaking of Beth Israel, the members of its softball team are this year’s champions of the Synagogue Softball League.

In the championship game played Aug. 2 at Pontiff Playground in Old Metairie, Beth Israel defeated Congregation Gates of Prayer 7-6.

Members of the Beth Israel team are Rabbi Gabe Greenberg, David Posternock, Randy Opotowsky, Dylan Laventhal, Henry Opotowsky, Gerald Levin, Jason Feder, team captain Hilton Title, Justin Napoli, Austin Kirzner, Cameron Kirzner, Lee Kirzner, Alvis Wilson and David Higgins.

Employee of the year

Jefferson Parish Human Services Authority announced Allen Chighizola as its employee of the year. Chighizola is the manager for JeffCare’s East Jefferson Health Center.

The Human Services Authority provides primary care and behavioral health services and developmental disabilities services and support to children, adults and families who are residents of Jefferson Parish.

Those in need of services can call (504) 349-8833 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. And the JPHSA Mobile Crisis Team can be reached nights, weekends and holidays at (504) 832-5123.

Eva Jacob Barkoff writes about the people and events in Jefferson Parish. She can be reached at or by calling (504) 430-8053.