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June 06, 2003 - Image 22

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The Detroit Jewish News, 2003-06-06

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Good Works

Carol and Herb Amster of nn Arbor honored
for their many contributions.

Special to the Jewish News


"not only serves an organization, but
helps build and sustain it."
Ed Carlson, who helped Herb
Amster build the computer software
and hardware company Irwin
Magnetics into the fifth-largest
employer in Ann Arbor, highlighted
his friend's business acumen and
humanity. Noting Amster's "vision,
courage and leadership" in the busi-
ness and non-profit community, he
said he could remember "innumerable
instances where Herb's selfless con-
cern, perceptiveness and wisdom have
helped so many others without fan-
Ken Fisher of the U-M Symphony
thanked Herb Amster foCteaching us
by example that people come first.
Michael Brooks, director of the U-
M Hillel, recalled how Carol headed

ho's running the city
tonight?" quipped din-
ner co-chair Dr. Paul
Lichter as he looked out
at the veritable "who's who" of the
Ann Arbor community gathered to
honor Carol and Herb Amster.
More than 500 people celebrated
the Amsters and their good works as
the Jewish Federation of Washtenaw
County presented the couple with its
5th Biannual Humanitarian Award on
May 28.
It was difficult to determine who
felt more honored to be there, the
Amsters or their many friends from
the business, social service, Jewish and
cultural and arts communi-
"Honoring the Amsters -:1)
in Ann Arbor would be like (-)
honoring David and
Doreen Hermelin in
Detroit," explained
Federation Executive
Director Jeff Levin, refer-
ring to the late philanthro-
pist and his still commu-
nally active wife. "They've
done so much for so many.
It's really an honor to
honor them."
The Amsters, both sepa-
rately and together, have
taken leadership roles in
the Jewish Federation and
Herb and Carol Amster
its Community
Endowment Fund, Friends
of University of Michigan Hillel, Non- the Washtenaw County United Jewish
Profit Enterprise at Work Inc., the
Appeal campaign from 1979 to 1989
Ann Arbor Area Community
from an office in the Hillel building,
Foundation, Ann.Arbor Symphony,
and how her work led to the establish-
Performance Network, University
ment of the Jewish Federation. Like
Musical Society, Jewish Community
the others, he noted not only the
Center, Arbor Hospice and Industrial
Amster's accomplishments, but also
Technology Institute.
the graciousness and humor they bring
to everything they do.
The evening was full of heartfelt
tributes. Dinner co-chair Chuck
"They could be seriously committed
Newman said he had "never met a
to the many things they were involved
more generous, caring, capable cou-
with, without taking themselves too
ple. ),
seriously," Brooks said.
Cheryl Elliot, president and CEO of
Funds raised at the dinner support
the Ann Arbor Area Community
Federation's Jewish Family Services
Foundation, said the Amsters "give of
program, which provides services for
their time, talent and treasure," calling New Americans throughout
Carol "a maven and a mentsh" who
Washtenaw County. ❑


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