Joyce M. Johnson

Ten young women were presented Saturday evening at the 59th annual Purim Ball held at the Shaw Jewish Community Center of Akron.

“This is a special time in the lives of these high school seniors before they leave home for college,” said publicity chair Sherri Leubitz.

Lisa Spector, who was there for the presentation of daughter Madison, has spent many years doing choreography for the event with parents Sandy and Al Moses.

This year’s Purim chairs were Ellie Minkin and Tammy Gersman. Eileen Benson and Lyn Bober have been the decorating team for more than 25 years.

“It’s just one of those generational things. I’m one of eight kids and all six sisters did this with my dad,” said Magita Willen, whose daughter, Claudia Willen, was a deb this year. Claudia’s father, Brad Willen, and her grandmother Sybil Willen joined the family.

Deb mom Jody Schweiger said, “This is an important event. We are not from Akron originally but this makes us feel like we are a part of the community.” Her other daughter Dana Schweiger participated six years ago.

Family members Renee Weinfield, Arnold Weinfield, Leo and Shirley Katz and Julie and Noah Katz all came to support their deb, Alyssa Katz.

Volunteer Debra Migdal helped in the hospitality room. Her daughter Abby Migdal aided the debutantes as they prepared for the program.

Dads Ed Newman and Vic Meles agreed they were both nervous. “It’s wonderful to be a father and share this with your daughter,” Meles said.