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The Legacy Senior Communities Reaches a Milestone in Donor-driven Capital Campaign

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization, recently launched a $15 million donor-driven capital campaign to raise equity necessary to finance The Legacy Midtown Park, a new state-of-the-art rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas expected to open in 2019. The Legacy Senior Communities has received $8.7 million, which demonstrates the excitement around the new community. The not-for-profit organization is announcing its lead gifts – $2 million from Carol and Steve Aaron to name the independent living building, $1 million from the William and Sylvia Zale Foundation to name the memory care building and $1 million from the Max and Nolan Glazer family to name the sanctuary. The remaining $4.7 million comes from additional donors. The Legacy Midtown Park capital campaign committee members are Carol and Steve Aaron, co-chairs; Marion and Bennett Glazer, co-chairs; Sharon and Chuck Levin, vice-chairs; Jack Baum; Ken Bruder; Charlie Corson; Sandy Donsky; David Eisenberg; Mark Kreditor; Marc R. Stanley; Maddy Unterberg; Michael Ellentuck, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities; and Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities.

“We have a responsibility to look ahead and ensure that our community has premier senior housing, a vibrant lifestyle and high-quality health care in Dallas for generations to come,” said Carol Aaron, co-chair of the capital campaign committee and chair of the Board of Directors of The Legacy Midtown Park. “Steve and I are thrilled to be a part of this project, and we encourage the local community to step forward and join us in this endeavor that will enhance living opportunities for seniors.”

The Legacy Midtown Park will be a not-for-profit community on 10 acres in an urban, contemporary setting in the more than 80-acre Midtown Park development on Manderville Lane, just north of Meadow and east of North Central Expressway. The community will have all levels of care in a rental environment, including independent living apartments, assisted living apartments, memory care suites and skilled nursing suites, along with a level of sophistication that is the hallmark of The Legacy Senior Communities.

“My husband Bennett’s family was one of the original founders of Dallas Home for Jewish Aged on the Golden Acres Campus, where The Legacy Senior Communities started caring for seniors,” said Marion Glazer, co-chair of The Legacy Midtown Park capital campaign committee. “The Legacy Midtown Park will be a wonderful option for seniors in a fantastic location, and we believe this is a worthwhile cause. By supporting this community, we are able to continue our family’s legacy of giving to help seniors.”

“We want to make our gifts count, and as the third-generation stewards of the William and Sylvia Zale Foundation, we take our responsibility very seriously,” said Mark Zale, co-chair of The Legacy Midtown Park building committee. “Several members of our family had dementia, and we understand what it is like to seek out the best care and lifestyle for a loved one. It was an easy decision to make this gift, and it is gratifying to help bring this community to families in Dallas.”

The organization currently serves seniors through The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s only not-for-profit life care retirement community, and The Legacy at Home, the largest not-for-profit, home health care agency in Greater Dallas with Medicare-certified in-home health care, private duty nursing and personal assistance with daily living. The Legacy Midtown Park will help the organization better meet the needs of seniors in Dallas.

“Our community will be a focal point of the Midtown Park development project and in an ideal location near hospitals, cultural venues and seniors’ families,” said Michael Ellentuck, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “I am thankful for the generosity of our donors who will assist us in making this community a reality, and I am excited to offer this level of lifestyle and care in Dallas.”

“The Legacy Senior Communities is embarking on an exciting new chapter of our remarkable history. With the construction of The Legacy Midtown Park, we will be able to expand our services to include rental independent living apartments, plus all other levels of senior care on one campus in Dallas,” said Marc R. Stanley, chairman of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “This will be a thriving community that truly enhances the lives of our seniors and their families. I am proud to be a part of this organization, and I am grateful for the continuous support of the Greater Dallas community.”