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Member Highlight: The Legacy Senior Communities Hosts Annual Yes! Event Fundraiser

Thursday, May 19, 2016   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Amanda Wiedenfeld
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The Legacy Senior Communities recently hosted its annual Yes! Event fundraiser and welcomed Emmy award-winning, veteran journalist Lesley Stahl as the guest speaker. Easily one of the most recognized broadcasters in the industry, Stahl discussed her experiences covering multiple presidential administrations as a White House correspondent, as well as her current role as a “60 Minutes” correspondent. In addition, she talked about the inspiration behind her new book “Becoming Grandma: The Joys and Science of the New Grandparenting,” which was released just prior to the event. Additionally, The Legacy Senior Communities announced the kickoff of its $15 million philanthropic campaign to build The Legacy Midtown Park, a new state-of-the-art Jewish-sponsored rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas.

The proceeds will go toward the Resident Financial Assistance Fund for future residents of The Legacy Midtown Park. The community will be located on a 10-acre parcel of land in the Midtown Park development on Manderville Lane, just north of Meadow and east of North Central Express. When completed, Legacy Midtown Park will help to meet the rapidly growing need in the Jewish community for a rental retirement community that includes independent living, assisted living, memory care, skilled nursing, short-term rehabilitation and long-term care. The Legacy Senior Communities is the parent company of The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, and The Legacy at Home, a premier home health care option for seniors in the Greater Dallas area. The event was planned by committee co-chairs Joey Daniel, Marilyn Fiedelman, Erica Robins, Ruthy Rosenberg, Barbara Stein, and Jackie Waldman, as well as Carol Aaron, immediate past chair of The Legacy Senior Communities.

“We are very thankful for the support we received from the generous donors who attended this event,” said Michael Ellentuck, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Our vision is to create a Jewish-sponsored rental retirement community with all levels of care in Dallas, and their donations will allow us to help even more seniors. We have served Jewish seniors for more than 60 years, and The Legacy Midtown Park will ensure that our community has premier senior housing and healthcare services for years to come.”

“The Legacy Senior Communities is proud to deliver high-quality and comprehensive services to Jewish seniors. We are dedicated to creating ideal intergenerational environments that promote dynamic and full lives,” said Marc R. Stanley, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “The Legacy Midtown Park provides yet another opportunity for Jewish seniors to live in an amazing new facility with exceptional services and a setting unlike anything currently available in North Texas.”

For the second time, The Legacy Senior Communities presented The Carmen Miller Michael Award, which was established to honor and pay tribute to Dr. Michael, who was a longtime friend and board member of the organization. This year’s award was presented to Buddy Rosenthal, a resident of The Legacy Willow Bend and an individual with a lifelong commitment to helping Jewish seniors — who, like Dr. Michael, was recognized for his pioneering spirit and unshakable sense of justice and compassion. Rosenthal served as chair of Dallas Home for Jewish Aged, Golden Acres, from 1988-1990, and, in fact, Buddy is still an active board member for The Legacy Senior Communities. Rosenthal has been serving the Legacy Senior Communities in some capacity since the age of 25, when he held the title of junior board member. In addition, Rosenthal previously served as the president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas and president of Temple Emanu-el Dallas. Rosenthal was also a founding director of CHAI, or Community Home for Adults.

“We appreciate the continual generosity shown by countless individuals and foundations, as we are all focused on making a positive impact in the lives of seniors in our area,” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities. “As a not-for-profit organization, we rely on donations to provide charitable care and other services for seniors, and the fundraising efforts from this year’s event will allow us to provide financial assistance to seniors across the campus of The Legacy Midtown Park at all levels of care.”


The Legacy Senior Communities would like to acknowledge the following major sponsors who contributed at this year’s Yes! Event:

Director ($25,000): Ilana and Semyon Narosov; Beverly and Cary Rossel.

Producer ($15,000): Carol and Steve Aaron; Crocker, Prince & Blackford Group of Raymond James Associates.

Broadcaster ($10,000): Glazer’s Inc.; The Goldberg Family: Rita/ Marshall and Shelli/ Robert and Lauran/ Mickey and Lori; Karen and Alan Katz/ The Neiman Marcus Group; Amy Korenvaes; Leo & Rhea Fay Fruhman Foundation; Elaine and Trevor Pearlman; Wendy & Marc Stanley; Lois and Howard Wolf Fund.

Journalist ($5,000): Tracy and Clay Aaron/ Dawn and Todd Aaron/ Nicole Blue/ Angela Aaron Horowitz/ Erica and Craig Robins; Bernbaum/Magadini Architects; Candy and Ike Brown; Linda and Dave Garner; Irwin and Irma Grossman; MHBT Inc. – Travis Sartain; Dean Maddalena/StudioSix5; Ruthy and Steven Rosenberg; Taylor and Scott Seideman; Waldman Bros.

Commentator ($2,500): Allen J. Becker; Sandy and Howard Donsky; Frances & David Eisenberg; Linda and Michael Ellentuck; Marilyn and Ron Fiedelman; Janelle Friedman/ Friedman & Feiger, LLP; Kahn Mechanical Contractors; Kalman & Ida Wolens Foundation; Jane Saginaw Lerer; Paul and Lee Michaels; The Point Group; Mrs. and Mrs. Robert G. Pollock; Stephanie and Dan Prescott; Raelaine and Paul Radnitz; The Retail Connection/ Lisa and Steve Lieberman and Ruthie and Alan Shor; Stanley and Marilyn Rothstein; Renee Stanley; Texas Jewish Post; Bonnie and Jeffrey Whitman.

Reporter ($1,000): The Andres Family; Anonymous; The Belaire Group LLC; Carol Brin; Dallas Jewish Community Foundation; Joey and Josh Daniel; Lisa W. Genecov, MD; Lisa Albert/ Tricia Gold; Rita Sue & Alan Gold; Lisa and Neil Goldberg; Sara and Jarred Efune; Jeanne Fagadau; Diane and Mark Fleschler; Barbara and Bill Gutow; Candice Haas; Hannah Hochster/ Ann Zetley; Ynette and James Hogue; Gayle Johansen; Marlo and David Kane; Sandy M. Kaufman; Carol and Mark Kreditor; Sharon K. Levin; Liz and Robert Liener; Rhonda and Fraser Marcus; Frankie Michaelson; Carol & Stuart Morse; Cindy and Mitch Moskowitz; Jerry Rasansky; Helen and Frank Risch; Jeff and Shani Romick/ HBR Technologies; Robert K. and Sally Rosen; The Rubin Family Foundation/ Julie and Jay Liberman; Elaine and Morris Rutchik; Marilyn and Donald H. Schaffer; Marilyn Schnitzer; Robert F. See, Jr.; Helene S. Shalom; Andrea and Richard Skibell; Karla and Larry Steinberg; Ellen Ungerman; Maddy Unterberg; Vitas Hospice Services, LLC; Andrea and Loren Weinstein; Pat Zilbermann.

Source: Amy Jones / Sarah Jackson, Forté Group, Inc.

Photo 1: Lesley Stahl; Photo 2: (from L to R) Buddy Rosenthal and Marc Stanley; Photo 3: (from L to R) Erica Robins, Barbara Stein, Ruthy Rosenberg, Andrea Statman, Carol Aaron, Joey Daniel, Jackie Waldman and Marilyn Fiedelman