Betty G. Reader Foundation

Betty G. Reader Foundation

Born April 18, 1910 in Pittsburgh, PA, Mrs. Betty Siegel Reader, during the course of her life, lived in Pittsburgh, New York and Miami Beach.

As a woman who took pride in the fact that she worked most of her adult life, Betty often talked about her days as a buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue. Betty loved to go to shows and had great taste in fashion.

Mrs. Reader had two happy marriages. After a 3-year courtship, Betty married Charles Siegel, owner of a shoe store in New York City’s West Village neighborhood. Years later, Betty eloped to Las Vegas to marry her second husband, hotel manager Joseph Reader with whom she moved to live their lives happily in Miami Beach.

Mrs. Reader was an active volunteer and a philanthropist giving to such organizations as American Friends of Hebrew University, Jewish Home for the Aged, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Hadassah, Women’s American ORT, American Cancer Society, Brandeis University, American Technion Society, Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, and Mount Sinai Medical Center of Miami Beach, not to mention Florida International University. Betty deservedly received many awards, including The Hebrew University Award and the Diamond Medal from Hadassah.

Betty passed away on May 20, 2009 at her home in Miami Beach. Betty had a great spirit and optimistic look on life.


Candice Gidney, principle of the Candice Gidney Law Group, practices in the areas of corporate and entertainment law with a focus on contracts, mergers and acquisitions, corporate structure and governance and business counseling. Ms. Gidney has over a decade of experience in entertainment law having worked in house for industry leading high profile film and television production and distribution companies and record labels. She formerly served as Director of Business and Legal Affairs for The Weinstein Company and as legal counsel for Sony Music Entertainment, Inc., Sony Pictures TV and Warner Brothers. Ms. Gidney is admitted to practice in New York and Florida and earned her B.A. at Brandeis University and J.D. at New York Law School. She was voted Best Lawyer in Miami, Business Law in 2008 and often publicly speaks and presents on various corporate law and philanthropic topics. Ms. Gidney also serves on the Florida International University Foundation Board of Directors.

Jerilynn Gidney began her career in the financial services industry where she learned to grow her clients wealth through strategic investing. She then managed corporate finances in her capacity as Controller of various corporate entities. Mrs. Gidney earned her B.S. at the University of Miami. Currently, she currently resides in South Florida and in her free time dabbles in entrepreneurship opportunities.

Marc Gidney, with more than 30 years experience, serves as the founding Principle of Gidney and Company CPA, P.A. Prior to which, Mr. Gidney was Managing Partner of Kirsch, Gidney & Company as well as worked with the Big Four and national accounting firms as a staff member. In addition, Mr. Gidney continues to serve clients. He focuses his practice in strategic and management planning for business and professional firms, international business and tax planning and domestic tax and financial planning for businesses and individuals, forensic and fraud accounting, insurance business valuation loss consulting and property sales by foreign individuals and entities. Mr. Gidney earned his Master in Accounting at the University of Miami. He serves as Chairman, City of Miami Beach Budget Advisory Committee and Past President, FICPA Gold Coast Chapter, a member of the Florida Institute of Certified Public Accountants (FICPA) and the Florida Bar Grievance Committee 11C.