The Shopping Mall Comes to Levindale
It was truly two exciting days at Levindale. The Auxiliary’s in-house $6.00 Employee sales transformed the campus into a mini “dollar store” (almost) for both the employees and the residents. It was so exciting to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” as the residents picked and chose what they wanted for themselves and for their family. Many of these residents are housebound and don’t get a chance to get out and go to a mall. This was so much fun for them as it was for us watching them…and the items (all for $6.00) were quite nice --- pashminas, pocketbooks, flashlights, costume jewelry, hats and gloves and so much more! And all the proceeds from our sales go directly to funding Activities and enhancements for the Residents.
Check out our list of upcoming Sales and stop by and join us --- won’t you!
Spotlight –Esky Cook, our photographer, extraordinaire by Betsy Narrow
It all started when we were just about to begin our grand opening of the Levindale Auxiliary Sensory Garden. The food was all set, the evening was beautiful, the new flowers were all planted, the music was serenading us in the garden walls and people were arriving. There was only one thing missing (and a very important thing I might add) --- we had no photographer to record this momentous event!
In strolls Esky Cook, a professional photographer whose mother was in Levindale and who loves Levindale and the people she has met and is never without her camera! She asks us if we would mind if she took some pictures of the evening just to capture the essence of the day. “Mind?,” I said, “Are you kidding? My husband was going to take pictures with his iphone!” and the rest is history!
Esky has graciously recorded most of the Auxiliary’s highlights and has made the residents and all of us all look wonderful! Many of the pictures that you see in this newsletter and many other mailings are all due to Esky’s generous nature and talented skills --- and it is her gift to the Auxiliary and the Residents. If you ever find yourself in need of that special someone to record your Bar or Bat Mitzvah, wedding or any special event, we suggest you give Esky a call. A more talented individual you could not find and we all give our heartfelt thanks to Esky Cook.
In Esky’s words...
I love taking pictures and especially love taking pictures at Levindale. Anyone that reaches the age of 90 through 105 like the residents I see in Levindale, have got to be very special.
|Susan Balaban, Barbara Friedman
Doris Kahn and Esky Cook
It all started with my mother, Mrs. Ethel Bagry Shafran, who gets all the credit for my being an artist and photographer. While she was recuperating in Levindale from a fall, my mother and I met Doris Kahn and her daughters Barbara and Susan. We loved them from the start. I called my friend Margie Pensak who is a writer and told her she would have a great article if she would interview Doris. Unfortunately my mother died while she was still in Levindale. But that wasn't the end of Levindale. From the day that I met Doris and her daughters who were visiting her in Levindale, we have become very good friends. Our favorite place to meet is in Levindale so that Doris is included.
I became a photographer because I couldn't stop drawing since I was an infant. And from drawing to painting, it became photography. To me, it's all one and the same - recording what I see and everything that I see is worth recording. Life is colorful, exciting and beautiful and I like to capture every precious moment. But most of all, I like to capture the beauty in every person. And for those who think people who get older are not beautiful, they are mistaken. As people get older, and enjoy life like Doris, they are more beautiful than ever. Anyone that visits the residents in Levindale, will gain a lot more than they give. That's my story.