CORAL SPRINGS, FL – On Thursday afternoon, as the world was shutting down around us due to coronavirus, my wife and I faced a really hard decision: should we move forward with our son’s bar mitzvah party a few days later?

If the party went on for Saturday afternoon, we worried about pressuring our family and friends to show up and face the potential of exposure to the virus.

But if we canceled, our concern was leaving dry the half-dozen vendors we contracted to run our party.

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After hours of painstaking, back-and-forth discussions, Leanne and I made the choice to party on for our 70 or so guests.

The calls were then made to our venue, Slice in Weston, our entertainment, Pure Energy in Coral Springs, our photographer, Jillian Gehring, and others, giving them the good-news. They thanked us for honoring their contracts, just as their other customers were pulling the plug or postponing their events.

“I’ve lost a whole bunch of events in the coming weeks so I’m really grateful,” Gehring, our photographer, told me.

As uncertainty and dread grip our community in the age of coronavirus, it’s imperative for us to support local businesses before pandemic panic forces them to close their doors for possibly a long time. Last night, the CDC recommended that gatherings of 50 or more people should be canceled or postponed for the next eight weeks across the nation. The recommendation does not apply to organizations like schools or businesses.

So before it’s too late, give many of our Coral Springs businesses one last boost of monetary support. If you call ahead, order locally or buy now to enjoy later, you’re making the choice to help them.

Looking back, we’re glad we did the party. Many of our guests were grateful, too. It was a nice distraction in these frightening times, the last-hurrah for big family outings for potentially a long time. We, of course, were careful – we did our best to observe social distancing and clean our hands.

As our vendors packed up after the four-hour party, they again thanked us for supporting them, knowing the coming weeks were going to be bleak.

“This is going to help. Thank you,” said Gehring, as I handed her a check.

Support local businesses right now. That’s always the right thing to do, especially today.


Leon Fooksman is the editor of TAPinto Coral Springs. You can reach him at:


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