Levindale Spring Fundraiser - Let the Games Begin!
by Suanne Goldberger
Two of Jason's passions are sports and trivia. The evening was centered around that theme. We promised you an All Star evening. And it was just that. As with most All Star games there is much more excitement to the evening besides the actual game. We warmed you up with some fun game day food and classic game commentary. You got to play the giving game by bidding at our silent auction.
You got to see Esther Jacobson, the Levindale Auxiliary’s MVP, in the thick of things. And playing for the Honorees’ team we had the dynamic, Jason Blavatt. Jason has worn multiple team caps over the years. It’s hard to remember which team he currently captains but you can bet he’s always on the winning team.
As with most major events like this one, there was lots of pre-game help. I was privileged to co-chair this event with Iris Miller. We would like to give our committee a big cheer: Max Cohen, Wendy Drazin, Marlee Greenberg, Esther Jacobson, Julia Narrow, Linda Roedel, and Deverah Routman. In addition to these wonderful people we had some true miracle workers.
We were so lucky to have Randy Melnick as a new member of the Auxiliary and the chair of the Silent Auction committee. Randy swung to the heavens and hit one out of the ballpark with the evening’s silent auction.
And then we have our ambidextrous, multi-talented team of Marcia Bornfriend, Betsy Narrow and Eve Vogelstein. They scored a hat trick with the invitations, ad pad and centerpieces besides helping with every aspect of tonight’s event. We would also like to thank Eve and her son, Danny for the gameday commentary that played during the cocktail hour.
And we can't forget our wonderful Faye Brand. Faye is our front office coordinator. She kept all the statistics but more importantly she kept us all organized.
And playing for our residents, we had all of you. The most spectacular team ever assembled. All of you are award winners in our book. We thank you for supporting the Levindale Auxiliary and our mission of enhancing the lives of our residents.
After a wonderful dinner catered by Hoffman & Company we put on our thinking caps for customized trivia game presented by Charm City Trivia. But always remember: there is nothing trivial about charitable pursuits.
Levindale Auxiliary holds it's spring fundraiser biannually. Look forward to an exciting event in Spring of 2017.
Levindale Auxiliary Honors Joan Askin
The glue that binds us together' is a perfect way to describe Joan Askin, the Levindale Auxiliary 's recipient of this year's Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland's "Builder of Unity" award - a woman who "fosters unity through leadership, inclusiveness and fulfillment of purpose."
Since 1950 Joan has been an active Lifetime Member of our organization. She explained that “joining the Auxiliary was the thing to do if you wanted to be involved and meet people.” Watching Levindale expand and grow over the years has kept her an active and involved member. Joan helped to organize outdoor Carnivals and has participated in “Face to Face” and “Happy Hour” activities interacting with residents. She has served on many committees including the Telephone Squad, Nominating and the Committee to Improve Living Conditions at Levindale. Because she truly believes in and supports the Auxiliary, Joan regularly attends all Board meetings and events. She once stated that “You come to understand what it’s like to be alone in that kind of situation and you just know what is needed and necessary” to make it better.
Originally from Staten Island, Joan moved to Baltimore with her mother and sister to be near family after her father died. Joan has two sons (two daughter-in-laws, too), three granddaughters, one grandson, and recently welcomed a new great grandson.
Congratulations to Joan as we honor her at The Federation of Jewish Women's Organizations of Maryland Centennial Celebration, May 19, 2016.
Auxiliary Celebrates Chanukah with the residents
Our Auxiliary members celebrated Chanukah with the residents and their families. An excited group of residents gathered in the Town Center to light the menorah. Resident Doris Kahn accompanied us on the piano as we sang songs for the holiday with Rabbi Orkin. We finished the evening spinning the dreidel and eating Sufganiyot.
This year, the Auxiliary donated wonderful digital clocks for all the residents. The clocks also had a little clip on the top to hold any special items close to them. It was greatly received and we had just as much joy distributing them. We are so happy that we can celebrate such enjoyable holidays with the residents.
Champagne Brunch Honoring the Past Presidents
Baltimore, MD - October 19 - Although the beautiful second annual Champagne Brunch in Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital‘s Schwaber Multi-Purpose Room, yesterday, was held to honor its auxiliary members, it is quite obvious that it was also a celebration of lifelong friendships.
As Levindale Auxiliary President Esther Jacobson remarked,
“The paid up membership brunch recognizes and thanks our Auxiliary members for their support through the years. It is a way of letting them know that they are appreciated. We love our members to get involved and come to events. There were twelve past presidents here today, which shows that once you are committed and involved in this organization, it stays with you.
“A nursing home means so much more than a safe place to live,”
continues Esther. “It’s important that there is a quality of life for
our residents that will bring enjoyment and enrichment in their everyday
life. Our mission statement is: ‘To brighten and enhance the lives of
the elderly.’ That is what the Levindale Auxiliary strives to do.”
Thanks to its fundraiser this past spring, the Auxiliary raised over
$21,000. Just some of the remarkable work that the Auxiliary does is
fund activities such as field trips to restaurants, the ballgame, and
Pimlico Race Track. It also provides a variety of entertainment,
Netflix, ice cream parties and more. And, it is not unusual to spot
Auxiliary members donned in aprons when they work as guest bartenders at
the residents’ Happy Hour or hosting snowball parties in the Levindale Auxiliary Sensory Garden, for which the Auxiliary raised $250,000 and donated in 2012 to Lifebridge.
Rosh Hashannah with the Residents
All the residents were delighted with the hand-painted Rosh Hashanah cards that they received from our youngest Auxiliary members. This program is chaired by Yael Schwarzenberger who coordinates this event and other Jewish Holiday events throughout the year. There is a wonderful interaction between the generations. The cards are accompanied by holiday songs. Having the families together bring holiday spirit and is a great way to celebrate the Jewish New Year with all the residents.
Our Annual Face-to-Face is looked forward to each year by the residents, the Auxiliary members, and all their families. On Sunday, March 13, 2016, the Town Center was filled with faces of all ages enjoying ice cream sundaes and magic tricks galore. Our featured magician, Kenny Caplan, captivated the audience with his slight of hand, his illusions and his dove. The magician made balloon characters, bracelets and swords for the residents and kids. Besides performing, he also called audience members to assist him up on the stage. Some attendees enjoyed taking turns holding his dove. Everyone went away with a big smile on their face. Young and old had a fantastic afternoon and look forward to what the Auxiliary plans next.