Published: Thursday, October 5, 2006 11:50 PM EDT


Presidents of The Friendship Circle, among 130 teen honorees, at Landerhaven event.


A magical evening was enjoyed by 570 people who attended The Friendship Circle's reception honoring that organization's 130 teen volunteers.

The Friendship Circle extends a helping hand to families who have children with special needs and involves them in a full range of social and Judaic experiences.

The event, held at Landerhaven, included a presentation by mentalist Marc Salem, who dazzled the crowd with his mind-reading skills. Equally compelling was a speech by Ronald Richard, CEO of The Cleveland Foundation. He described the positive impact The Friendship Circle has had on his autistic daughter Suzanne.

Rabbi Yossi Marozov, director of The Friendship Circle program, announced the proposed purchase of the Workman's Circle building in South Euclid as the organization's new home. “We will renovate the building and transform our dream into a reality,” he said joyfully.