The Shopping Mall Comes to Levindale
It was two active days at Levindale when the Auxiliary’s in-house $6 employee sale transformed the campus into a mini “dollar store” (almost) for employees and residents. It was exciting to hear the “oohs” and “aahs” as the residents chose what they wanted for themselves and their families. Many of these residents are housebound and don’t have the chance to go to a mall. This was as much fun for them as it was for us watching them.
The items (all $6) 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 Levindale residents.
Check out our upcoming sales and stop by and join us!
Spotlight on Esky Cook, photographer extraordinaire, by Betsy Narrow
It all started before the grand opening of the Levindale Auxiliary Sensory Garden. The food was set, the new flowers were planted, the music was serenading us in the garden walls and people were arriving. There was only one (very important) component missing — 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 its people. She is never without her camera, and she asks if we would mind if she took some pictures of the evening to capture the essence of the day. “Mind?” I said. “Are you kidding? My husband was going to take pictures with his iPhone!”
Since then, 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 you see on this site and in the Auxiliary's mailings can be credited to Esky, whose generous nature and talented skills are 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 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 ...
|From left, Susan Balaban, Barbara Friedman,
Doris Kahn and Esky Cook
I love taking pictures and especially love taking pictures at Levindale. Anyone who reaches the age of 90 through 105, like the residents I see in Levindale, has to be very special.
My mother, Mrs. Ethel Bagry Shafran, 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, a writer, and told her she would have a great article if she would interview Doris.
Sadly, my mother died while she was still in Levindale. But that wasn't the end of Levindale for me. From the day I met Doris and her daughters, 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 who visits the residents in Levindale will gain a lot more than they give. That's my story.