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An Evening with Schoke JFS on April 29

STAMFORD – Jeri Appel, Gail G. and Stephen Trell, and F. Robb Caster will be honored by the Elayne and James Schoke Jewish Family Service at “An Evening with Schoke JFS,” the organization’s annual dinner, to be held on Sunday, April 29, 5:30 p.m., at the Hilton Stamford Hotel.

Jeri Appel and the Trells will receive Shoke’s 39th Annual Mitzvah Award, F. Robb Caster will receive the organization’s and the 12th Annual Young Leadership Award, it was announced recently by the evening’s co-chairs, Liz Kitay and Ronnie Sichel.

Hosted by the Master of Ceremonies Alan Kalter of Stamford, the evening will also include entertainment by Jon Stetson, the inspiration for the CBS series “The Mentalist”, as well as a live auction.

A longtime resident of the Stamford, Jeri Appel opened in the early 1980s the first software training company in Stamford, Sys-Ed Microcomputer Learning Centers. Since selling Sys-Ed in 2002. Appel has become an active community volunteer. Among her activities, she is the treasurer of both Temple Sinai Sisterhood and Boy Scout Troop 15, sponsored by the Jewish War Veterans.

A graduate of UJF’s Behrend Institute for Leadership, she also helps run the Kosher Food Pantry Fresh Produce event, and the Passover and Thanksgiving food and coat drives, and is a member of the advisory council for the Stamford Regional Agriscience and Technology Center.

Appel is the daughter of Betty and Daniel Roberts of Stamford. She and her husband Mark, a regional manager and director for LabLogic Systems, Inc. are the parents of two sons, Jacob and Josh.

Gail and Stephen Trell are lifelong members of the Stamford Jewish community. A former public school teacher, Gail left the classroom to join Stephen at Acme Sign, a company he founded as Acme Rubber Stamp in 1979. Gail’s philanthropic and volunteer causes include Starfish Connection, the Stamford JCC JumpStart program for children with special needs, and the Jewish Historical Society. In addition, since 2010, she has also raised the spirits of thousands as a Health and Humor Associates clown at Stamford Hospital. A Schoke JFS board member, she has served on the Saul Cohen–Schoke JFS lecture committee, as well as the An Evening with Schoke JFS committee.

Stephen has served as president of both the Stamford Chamber of Commerce and the Stamford JCC.

The Trells are recipients of the 2003 Jewish Historical Society Heritage Award and the 2013 Hyacinthe and Harold Hoffman Humanitarian Award.

They are the parents of Julie and Jeffrey and grandparents of Hailey and Max.

Robb Caster founded Rebrandery, a brand development consulting business, after working as a brand coordinator for J. Crew and then Apple. Today, he is vice president of marketing for Building and Land Technology, a privately-held real estate equity, development and property management firm that has completed Harbor Point, a transformative, mixed-use development in Stamford. In addition, Robb is the author of A Lonely Expensive Life, a guide to getting what you want out of life. He received a degree in computer science from Harvard University.

As a long-time supporter of Schoke JFS, Robb was instrumental in designing and building the agency’s first website and online presence. He has also helped many other organizations, among them: UJA/JCC of Greenwich, Stamford Nature Museum, and the American Theatre Wing.

For more information on “An Evening with Schoke JFS,” visit www.ctjfs.org or contact Lisa Rich at (203) 921-4161 or lrich@ctjfs.org.

CAP: (l to r) Jeri Appel, Gail G. and Stephen Trell, and F. Robb Caster

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