, Board of Governors
Denny Feinsilver is committed to supporting cancer research. Since becoming a founding member of Friends for Sylvester in 1998, she has devoted countless hours developing fundraising programs to advance cancer research at Sylvester. In 2000, Feinsilver became a member of the Founders Society and in 2001 she created and launched Coupons for a Cure, a user-friendly coupon booklet program through which individuals can make a donation to honor a person or event. The hugely successful program currently raises nearly $250,000 per year for the cancer center. On the heels of Coupons came Holiday Corporate Coupons. She then produced and chaired the inaugural Live on Lincoln, which starred Linda Richman, the "Coffee Talk Lady." The Friends event raised funds for cancer research through a VIP pre-theatre dinner, celebrity performance, and live auction. The 2003 event featured renowned entertainer Tony Danza and in addition included a post-show desert with Tony, for all. The event raised nearly $300,000.
Denny is a founding board member of Friends for Sylvester and sits on the Sylvester Board of Governors as well as the board of the Founders' Society, which she also co-chaired. She and her husband Paul became Sylvester Grand Founders – a select group of donors whose commitment exceeds $100,000. Other community involvement includes past vice chair of the Museum of Contemporary Art and creator of Enchanted Evenings, the museum's major fundraiser. Denny is also a member of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation Board of Directors and Jewish Domestic Abuse Program for Jewish Community Services of South Florida.
She believes supporting cancer research is one of the most important things she and her husband can do to protect their future and the future of their families, friends, colleagues, and the community. Denny and her husband host annual cultivation dinners in their home for Sylvester to assist in growing its donor base. A cancer diagnosis in her own family on the day she was named to the Founders' Committee solidified that belief. "It's so important to market the cause and get people involved," she says. "Sylvester is a wonderful, hopeful place where miracles happen every day and physicians and scientists are truly committed to the patient and finding a cure. The future of Sylvester is a terribly exciting one and we are most grateful to have this leading academic cancer center in our own back yard."
Denny was born in St. Louis, MO. She received her undergraduate degree in Education from the University of Maryland and her M.S. degree in Administrative and Supervisory Education from Barry College. She met her husband, Paul, at the University of Maryland. Following graduation, they married in New Jersey and moved to Florida one year later. Denny and Paul have been South Florida residents for more than 30 years.