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The Detroit Jewish News, 2005-01-27

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Honored Idea

Federation lauds one of its own
for Roundtable Forum success.

for whatever reasons they may need,"
said Pappas, vice president of the
United Jewish Foundation and a
member of Federation's executive com-
mittee. "Colleagues describe Andrew
as the `go-to guy' who gets things
done, but more importantly, his pur-
suit of the idea of the Roundtable
Forum will provide a means of devel-
oping new leadership with the poten-
tial of impacting the community for
years to come."
"Federation's Innovative Idea Award
is Norm's brainchild," said Susan
Pappas, Federation board member and
chair of the
Women's
Campaign. "But
together, we feel
it's our privilege
and a pleasure
each year to play a
part in recogniz-
ing the talent and
energy of the peo-
ple who serve our
community
through their
work at.
Federation."
In it seventh
year, the award
Andrew Echt, center, receives the 2004 Innovative Idea Award
provides a stipend
from Susan and Norman Pappas.
for professional
development.
the Federation Roundtable Forum, an .
Recipients
are
chosen
by their peers by
assembly of Detroit business leaders
a committee of past awardees as well
with the potential to make a long-
as Robert Aronson, Federation's chief
range contribution and impact on the
executive officer, and Mark Davidoff,
community. According to Norm
Federation's executive director and
Pappas, many of the forum partici-
chief operating officer.
pants, have gone on to be leading
Past awardees include: Joseph
community donors and activists,
Imberman
for his concept of the
including Jim Bellinson, Dan Gilbert,
Grant
Makers'
Mission; Linda
David Katzman and Ron Klein.
Blumberg for establishing ElderLink, a
Echt, 35, is a native of East Lansing
resource hotline for older adults' serv-
and a resident of Birmingham. The
ices in the community; Susan Kamin
University of Michigan graduate
for introducing new technology and
earned a certificate in Jewish commu-
flair to Federation's presentations and
nal service from the Sol Drachler
meetings; Bernice Herd for initiating
Program in Jewish Communal
Federation's Brown Bag Workshops to
Leadership at U-M. In 1998, he
help
employees improve computer
joined the Federation staff as a
skills;
David Contorer and Allan
Campaign associate and has served as
Gelfond
for launching Federation's
director of campaign and community
Russian Division of the Campaign;
development since 2002.
and Jon Taylor for opening windows
"Andrew is a passionate fund-raiser
with
new ideas for fund-raising and
and totally committed to the mission
communications
via Federation's Web
of Federation, which ultimately is to

site
www.thisisfederation.org
help people connect to the community

I

n recognition of his innovative
spirit and capacity to generate ideas
that work, Andrew Echt has
received the 2004 Innovative Idea
Award supported by Susan and Norman
Pappas and bestowed by the Jewish
Federation of Metropolitan Detroit.
Established in 1998 by the Pappases,
the award honors exceptional achieve-
ment and creativity of employees of
the Federation.
Echt is director of Federation's cam-
paign and community development.
His "winning idea" was to establish

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