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Place a tribute in honor of Daniel Stern 

Daniel Stern: Daniel is the epitome of  a Young Leader. A student at the Weber School, Daniel is a shining example of age not being a limit. Daniel began volunteering a couple years ago, visiting Big Mike weekly, hanging out and providing companionship and love. Inspired by his time with Mike, and the realization of the difference he can make, Daniel set off to make an even bigger impact. In the summer of 2017 Daniel created Camp Serve It Up, a tennis camp geared to individuals with special neewds. With the desire to make the camp affordable for all, Daniel fund raised to cover all the costs of camp. His commitment to creating an inclusive community did not end with summer and he joined the Friendship Circle Teen Leadership Board for the coming school year.  


 Place a tribute in honor of Nathan Kaplan

Nathan Kaplan: Nathan is a Partner at Kaplan Residential and spearheads the Atlanta operation. As a young business professional in a growing city, Nathan has a busy schedule, however he always finds time and energy to volunteer and brighten lives at Friendship Circle. A regular at our Jewish Experiential Learning Program for adults, Nathan helps to create friendships and teaches about his Jewish Heritage. Once Nathan saw the tremendous impact that he and all of Friendship Circle was having on the special needs community he wanted to take his involvement one step further. In addition to his time, Nathan generously finances many of the FC programs helping to make inclusion a reality. 


Place a tribute in honor of Jay Kessler

Jay Kessler: Jay has always been at the forefront of inclusion in the Atlanta Jewish Community. From the earliest age Jay was interested in making a difference. As a teenager he volunteered in his High School program that created friendships for kids with special needs. As Jay grew up he continued to seek out opportunities to impact the community around him. He helped get the JCC Very Special People program off the ground and even created an inclusion softball league called The Scrappers". Jay regularly hosts Friday night dinners for his special friends, was chairman of the Developmentally Challenged Department and volunteered with the Jerry Habima Theatre. Jay has been a staunch supporter and advocate of Friendship Circle and volunteers whenever he cans. It is always a treat for our special friend and staff when Jay comes.