By  on December 6, 2011

At the American Jewish Committee’s fund-raiser Monday night raising $2.3 million for the human rights organization, Bloomingdale’s vice chairman Frank Doroff gave his uncle’s formula for writing a good speech: “Start with a great opening, have a great ending, and put the two as close as possible.”

Then without taking any shortcuts, Doroff, who received AJC’s Human Relations Award, delivered an inspirational message about the importance of partnerships, citing his 20 years working beside Bloomingdale’s chairman Michael Gould, and Doroff’s wife, Stephanie, “my better half.” In between, Doroff’s theme shifted to plurality as he explained the mission of the AJC, founded in 1906 by American Jews concerned about pogroms against Jews in Russia but taking on a larger cause. “For over 100 years, the AJC has understood that the most effective means of abolishing bigotry towards any one group is through the advancement of human dignity for all. I sleep better knowing that the AJC will always speak out on anyone’s behalf — Jewish or not,” Doroff said.

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