Celebrity guest star William Shatner entertained and inspired a sold-out crowd of 550 attendees at the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland’s gala event, A Benefit for the Future on Nov. 14. The Mittleman Jewish Community Center was transformed into an elegant, out-of-this-world location. Mr. Shatner spoke from the heart as he described the act of giving being the most profound impact someone could have on the world. In all, gala attendees have committed more than $1 million towards the Jewish Federation’s Annual Campaign to educate youth, ensure a Jewish future, feed the hungry, care for the elderly and bridge cultural divides. As Mr. Shatner remarked, the actions of our community on this night truly rippled around the globe.