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Mi-Ai Parrish to Keynote Jewish Family & Children’s Service Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon
By Jennifer Schwegman - Tuesday Nov 15, 2022
(PHOENIX – Nov. 15, 2022) –Mi-Ai Parrish will keynote the Jewish Family & Children’s Service 2023 Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon on Jan. 6, 2023. The former Arizona Republic publisher, Parrish is now a professor of Media Innovation and Leadership at Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and is president and CEO of Phoenix-based MAP Strategies Group.

Parrish will address the interplay and culpability of media and messaging with antisemitism.

Paradise Valley residents Allan and Carol Kern are the event co-chairs, serving in this role for the second time.

“The programs and services offered at JFCS are critically important to our community and we are thrilled to take on this leadership role once again,” said Carol Kern. “We have been actively involved in the Jewish community for nearly 40 years and have been committed to helping JFCS in this volunteer capacity for nearly 15 years.”

The JFCS Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon is the nonprofit organization’s annual signature event showcasing JFCS’ impact on the well-being of the Valley community. The fundraising event supports various JFCS programs, including primary medical care, counseling and behavioral health, domestic violence victim assistance and Jewish community services.

In 2021, Jewish Family and Children’s Service touched the lives of nearly 48,000 individuals. 97 percent of the people served are low income and working poor. 70 percent are children and teens.

Parrish served as president and publisher of The Arizona Republic/ and market president at USA Today Network, where the team won the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for "The Wall," a multi-layered, multimedia examination of the southern border with Mexico.

Parrish was the first Korean-American publisher in mainstream media, the first BIPOC publisher in Idaho, Kansas City and Phoenix, and the first woman publisher in Kansas City. She continues work in diversity and inclusion in media, the weaponization of information, and coverage of justice and equity.

WHERE: The 2023 Brighter Tomorrow Luncheon will be held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Resort & Spa located at 5402 E. Lincoln Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85253

WHEN: Jan. 6, 2023
11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

TICKETS: Table sponsorships are available. Individual tickets are $200.00 - $275.00


Individuals interested in supporting the JFCS mission can make an online financial gift via the JFCS website at

Jewish Family & Children's Service (JFCS) is a nonprofit, non-sectarian organization that strengthens the community by providing behavioral health, healthcare and social services to all ages, faiths and backgrounds. JFCS's goal is for a strong future where families are strong, elders are cared for, and children are safe. The dedication to the mission is strengthened by a commitment to core Jewish values that honor community and the continuity of the generations. More information about JFCS and ways to support the organization's mission are available at