At a lavish affair held recently at the Flourish event space in Buckhead, more than 700 guests gathered for the annual Sky’s the Limit fundraiser.

Hosted by the Jewish Educational Loan Fund (JELF), a local nonprofit that provides interest-free loans to Jewish students seeking higher education, the soldout event raised more than $500,000 towards the cause, including a $150,000 matching gift contributed anonymously by two JELF families. Attendees spent the early part of the evening networking and enjoying an open bar along with a performance by the Joe Alterman Trio. Following the reception, guests savored a seated dinner as JELF Board President Stan Lowenstein recounted the organization’s accomplishments over the last few years. Other speakers included event chairs Joanne Birnbrey, Nancy Galanti and Doug Spear; JELF CEO Jenna Shulman; and JELF board member Eydie Koonin, who introduced this year’s honoree, local attorney and activist Helen Zalik, a JELF loan recipient herself back in 1989.

Photos: Zach Porter Photography, Joku Boima and Brian Greenblatt