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A Message From Melissa Orth, The Legacy’s CEO

The unofficial theme for this year is celebration, and at The Legacy, we have much to celebrate!

This year our Organization will commemorate a milestone as we mark 65 years since the Dallas Home for Jewish Aged opened its doors in 1953. As such, our annual Yes! Event will be dedicated to this impressive achievement. More information about the Yes! Event will follow over the next few months. The Legacy Willow Bend is celebrating 10 years since opening its doors in 2008. In recognition of this important anniversary, the Community, with the direction of Laura Levy, Executive Director, and Ruth Spollin, Administrative Assistant, is engaging in a variety of celebratory events with residents, families, volunteers, and staff. This summer, at a special luncheon, we will recognize our 24 charter member residents. This fall The Legacy Senior Communities and Willow Bend boards will join our residents at a special anniversary event.

The Legacy at Home also has much to celebrate. We continue to experience record-breaking demand for our personal care assistance services. We are also pleased that our grant program, which provides personal care assistance services to seniors who wish to remain in their homes, continues to be a valuable resource to the community. With the support of the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, we have been able to increase the number of seniors we serve in this program. Charlene Bishop, The Legacy at Home’s Administrator and her team have been working hard to launch hospice services by the end of the year, which will complete The Legacy’s true continuum of care.

On June 14, we will celebrate the much-anticipated groundbreaking of The Legacy Midtown Park – our rental continuum of care retirement community in Dallas offering independent living, assisted living, memory care, rehabilitation services, and long-term care. The Legacy Midtown Park will be the only Jewish sponsored rental retirement community in Dallas and will open its healthcare center in the fall of 2019 and the remainder of the community in the fall of 2020. I want to recognize Michael Ellentuck, Director of Project Development, for his vision, passion, and leadership helping to design and develop this beautiful community, and Brian Barnes, COO/CFO, The Legacy Senior Communities, who has been instrumental in making The Legacy Midtown Park a reality.

The Legacy Midtown Park would not be possible without the support of the over 150 generous donors who contributed to our capital campaign. We are happy to report that under the leadership of our capital campaign co-chairs Carol and Steve Aaron and Marion and Bennet Glazer, and vice-chairs Sharon and Chuck Levin and Director of Development, Andrea Statman, we have raised over $14 million dollars toward our $15 million philanthropic goal! The support of the community is vital to us achieving the remainder of our goal, so if you have not already done so, please consider making a gift to help us get to the finish line. The time is now!

I continue to be honored and thankful to be leading such a wonderful organization with a critically important mission and purpose. The Legacy family and the Jewish community have been extremely welcoming and supportive. I have enjoyed broadening and deepening these relationships and plan to continue to do so, so please reach out if you would like to learn more about The Legacy or if there is anything I can do for you.

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