Bob Appel * Harry Belafonte * Jacques d’Amboise * Joy Henshel * Keith Reinhard * Chita Rivera * Liz Smith * Caroll Spinney
Monday, April 11, 2016 | Mandarin Oriental New York
NEW YORK, NY: March 14, 2016 – At its third annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala, The New Jewish Home will pay tribute to eight New Yorkers who, in their ninth and tenth decades, continue to live lives of remarkable achievement, vitality and civic engagement. The event, at the Mandarin Oriental New York on Monday, April 11, is expected to attract more than 450 guests and raise more than $1 million for the nonprofit New Jewish Home’s rehabilitation, skilled nursing, and home healthcare programs, which together serve 12,000 older adults each year.
The honorees, each of whom will be celebrated in a video vignette, are financier Bob Appel, singer and humanitarianHarry Belafonte, ballet great Jacques d’Amboise, philanthropist Joy Henshel, Broadway superstar Chita Rivera, legendary ad man Keith Reinhard, gossip queen Liz Smith, and Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch,Caroll Spinney. These men and women represent the best of the best in arts and entertainment, advertising, business, volunteerism and philanthropy. They are movers and shakers who are still contributing and still making waves, in the process showing the world that trailblazing is ageless. Biographies of the honorees follow below; for photos, please visit www.8over80.org.
“By 2030, 30 percent of the U.S. population will be over 80,” said Audrey Weiner, President and CEO of The New Jewish Home. “Like the teeming energy New York itself, the variety of accomplishments and the personalities of our eight honorees shows us what it means to age like a New Yorker. In other words, the sky’s the limit for these vibrant men and women, still going strong over 80.”
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GALA BENEFIT COMMITTEE
Helen and Bob Appel, Carol Becker, Margot and Norman Freedman, Robin and Scott Gottlieb, Susan and David Haas, Ruth and David Levine, Melanie Katzman and Russell
Makowsky, Rose-Lee and Keith Reinhard, Elissa and Jim ‘Great Neck’ Richman, Tami Schneider, Elizabeth Grayer and Aidan Synnott.
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Bob Appel is President of Appel Associates, a money management and investment firm, and was a partner of the investment advisory firm Neuberger Berman for 20 years. He is Chairman of the Board of Jazz at Lincoln Center, to which, in 2014, he and his wife, Helen, made the largest individual gift in the organization’s history. He is also a trustee emeritus of Cornell University and a committed fundraiser for Weill Cornell Medical College, home of the Helen and Robert Appel Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease Research.
Harry Belafonte is an outstanding performer and producer whose album “Calypso” became the first recording in history to sell more than a million copies. He is also a humanitarian with a long and distinguished record of human rights advocacy that includes serving as a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and organizing the multi-artist “We Are the World” recording, which raised millions of dollars for emergency assistance in Africa. Belafonte’s many awards include the Kennedy Center Honors and the National Medal of the Arts.
One of the finest classical dancers of our time, Jacques d’Amboise is also an arts education leader who created a model program that has introduced thousands of school children to the magic and discipline of dance and the founder of the National Dance Institute. As a dancer, Mr. d’Amboise is most remembered for his portrayal of what critics called “the definitive Apollo.” A choreographer as well, his credits include almost 20 works commissioned for New York City Ballet.
Joy Henshel is a longtime, esteemed director of The New Jewish Home’s Sarah Neuman Center as well as being a prolific philanthropist in the areas of the arts, health, social justice and Jewish organizations. Her public service includes her appointment by Mayor John Lindsay to the New York-Tokyo sister city program in 1966, and two years of work for the events firm planning and executing Liberty Weekend, the four-day celebration of the restoration and centennial of the Statue of Liberty in 1986. Mrs. Henshel is an active trustee of Surprise Lake Camp, a longtime volunteer at White Plains Hospital, the mother of four daughters, and a very generous donor to The New Jewish Home.
Under the leadership of Keith Reinhard, DDB Worldwide, one of the world’s largest and most creative advertising agency networks, produced award-winning work for Volkswagen, Anheuser-Busch, Frito-Lay, Dell Computer, JC Penney, Ameriquest and many other clients. Reinhard himself gave birth to such memorable advertising characters and slogans as, for McDonald’s, the Hamburglar and “You Deserve a Break Today,” which in 1999 Advertising Age named the best advertising jingle of the 20th century and one of the century’s top-five campaigns.
After her breakout portrayal of Anita in 1957’s West Side Story, the great Broadway star Chita Rivera went on to earn a Tony nomination for Bye Bye Birdie and Tony Awards for The Rink and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Her many other spellbinding performances include those in Nine; Chita Rivera: The Dancer’s Life, (another Tony nomination); The Mystery of Edwin Drood; and The Visit, for which she received her tenth Tony nomination. Rivera has received the Kennedy Center Honors award and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
A writer of humor, wit and empathy, Liz Smith is much more than a gossip columnist, though she helped define the term. Smith began writing in the 1950s and has never stopped, working for Hearst, Cosmopolitan, Sports Illustrated, the New York Daily News, “Live at Five,” Newsday, the New York Post, and now The Huffington Post and New York Social Diary. She is a best-selling author and has the distinction of being the only columnist to have had her column printed in three major New York City papers simultaneously.
For more than 40 years, Caroll Spinney has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch, in the process earning four Emmy Awards, two Gold Records, and two Grammy Awards. In 2000, the Library of Congress declared Spinney’s Big Bird a “Living Legend.” With J Milligan, Spinney has written The Wisdom of Big Bird (and the Dark Genius of Oscar the Grouch): Lessons from a Life in Feathers. Spinney recently received the Lifetime Achievement Emmy Award from the National Association of Television Arts and Sciences.
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Serving New Yorkers of all faiths and ethnicities for 167 years, The New Jewish Home is transforming eldercare as we know it. One of the nation’s largest and most diversified not‐for‐profit geriatric health and rehabilitation systems, Jewish Home serves 12,000 older adults each year, in their homes and on three campuses, through short-term rehabilitation, long‐term skilled nursing, low-income housing, and a wide range of home health programs. Jewish Home believes that high quality care and personal dignity are everyone’s right, regardless of background or economic circumstances. Technology, innovation, applied research and new models of care put The New Jewish Home at the vanguard of eldercare providers across the country. For more information, visit www.jewishhome.org.
Jewish Home is holding an employment Open House for openings in our Certified Home Health Agency.
The Open Houses will be held on June 17th and June 24th, from 3:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Jewish Home Community Services, 104 West 29th Street – 8th floor
The positions available are: Full time and fee-for service RN, Rehab Supervisor, fee-for service Physical Therapist, fee-for service Speech Therapist, fee-for service Occupational Therapist and a Director or Quality and Clinical Excellence. Full descriptions can be found here
Interested healthcare professionals who would like to attend the Open House should are asked to register in advance here and submit an application so that we may reach out and coordinate an appointment.
Jewish Home’s Sarah Neuman Center presents
Innovations in Long Term Care
Tisch Auditorium, The Sarah Neuman Center
845 Palmer Avenue, Mamaroneck
Jewish Home’s Director of Green House® Project Education, Tammy Marshall, will discuss The GREEN HOUSE® Project’s philosophy of person-directed care. Attendees will learn about this radically new approach to long term care and the project’s core values and practices, how it benefits elders and empowers the workforce. There will also be the opportunity to learn more about the Small House Communities at Sarah Neuman.
This event is free and open to the public by RSVP: Connections@Jewishhome.org
Bronx Regional InteragencyCouncil on Aging (BRICA)
Friday, June 12, 2015
8:30 AM to 12:00 PM
BRONX MINI WHITE HOUSE CONFERENCE ON AGING
100 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx
The White House Conference on Aging is an event held once every decade and is dedicated to identifying and advancing actions to improve the quality of life for older Americans. This year, the White House Conference on Aging is looking for national feedback; BRICA is inviting you to weigh in on the issues facing our Bronx community.
Schedule of Events
8:30 AM – Registration / Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – Welcoming Remarks: Julia Schwartz-Leeper (Chairman, BRICA) Tribute to Ellen Kolodoney (Elder Abuse Coordinator, Bronx DA)
9:30 AM – Keynote Address: Corinda Crossdale, (Director of New York State Office for the Aging)
10:15 AM – Discussion Groups – Part 1 (Please choose A or B)
Group A – “Retirement Security”
Facilitator: – Bernard Rosen (Public Affairs Specialist, SS Administration)
Group B – “Healthy Aging”
Facilitators:- Lindsay Goldman (Project Director, NY Academy of Medicine-Age Friendly NY),- Kay Boonshoft (Director, Community & Government Relations, Jewish Home)
11:15 AM – Discussion Groups – Part 2 (Please choose A or B)
Group A – “Long Term Care and Support”
Facilitators: – Bridget Gallagher, (Senior Vice President Community Services, Jewish Home), Katherine Martinez (Deputy Director, Presbyterian Senior Services)
Group B – “Elder Justice”
Facilitators:- Evelyn Laureano (Executive Director, Neighborhood SHOPP), Ellen Kolodney (Elder Abuse Coordinator, Office of the Bronx District Attorney)
The conference will be followed by a Garden Party To Celebrate Jewish Home’s University Avenue Assisted Living Program
Come celebrate the first anniversary of the Jewish Home’s University Avenue Assisted Living Program (ALP). Refreshments will be served.
To RSVP for the Garden Party, please call (347) 418-4262.
Have questions about BRICA’S Bronx mini White House Conference on Aging? Please contact Selina Ng, Selinang@riverdalesenior.org or (718) 884-5900.
More than 150 people joined Jewish Home at the Scholastic Auditorium in Soho for the 2nd Annual Himan Brown Symposium on the topic of The Economics of an Aging Society.
The distinguished keynote speaker, Jason Furman, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, was joined by panelists Jennie Chin Hansen, Chief Executive Officer, American Geriatrics Society and James R. Tallon Jr., President, United Hospital Fund of New York, Chair, The Commonwealth Fund. Dr. Mark Levy, MD, MPH, Chief Medical Officer, Jewish Home served as moderator.
The event celebrated the idea that aging isn’t something to be feared – especially given the lives of the eight remarkable honorees: Dominic Chianese, Richard Eisner, Eugene and Emily Grant, Larry and Klara Silverstein, Joan Wachtler and Edie Windsor.
Event co-chair, Tami Schneider, explained the reasoning behind the event. “Crain’s celebrates 40 under 40; Forbes magazine, 30 under 30; and even Jewish Week, 36 under 36. It’s time an organization stood up and celebrated 8 over 80.”
With Eight over 80, Jewish Home celebrated what it means to lead lives of consequence and inspiration, as humorous and moving video vignettes throughout the evening highlighted the honorees’ accomplishments in business, philanthropy, real estate development, education and human rights.
Saying that the gala marked the advent of “the new Jewish Home,” Audrey Weiner, CEO of Jewish Home said, “I dare say most of us want to age like New Yorkers. We all have our own ideas of what that means, but for me, I’ve spent my life in New York and I want to live and enjoy my later years here.”
Eight over 80 raised more than 1.25 million dollars towards the 20-story Living Center of Manhattan that will revolutionize the way New Yorkers are cared for in advanced age. This meets a dire need; by 2030 in New York City there will be more people over the age of 65 than children in kindergarten – that’s 1 in 5 New Yorkers.
Weiner said, “Organizations like ours need to step up and be ready to serve the fastest growing segment of our population. There can be no more “business as usual” when it comes to aging. The numbers are too high, the stakes are too great, and the lives are too sacred.”
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