Lavish Lunches raises needed funds for seniors
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Lavish Lunches raises needed funds for seniors

JCC COO Sue Gelsey, Lavish Lunch co-chair Brandi Rubin, and JCC president JoJo Rubach, upper left, Lavish Lunch co-chair Lorin Cook, speaker Seamus Mullen, and a breakfast host, Stephanie Cohn. Bottom left, Wendy and Richard Bernowitz with Wendy’s mother Ethel Bikel, a Kaplen Adult Reach Center participant, Breakfast hosts Stephanie and Daniel Cohn, JCC CEO Jordan Shenker, and Lavish Lunches co-chairs Lorin Cook and Brandi Rubin.
Upper left, JCC COO Sue Gelsey, Lavish Lunch co-chair Brandi Rubin, and JCC president JoJo Rubach; Lavish Lunch co-chair Lorin Cook, speaker Seamus Mullen, and a breakfast host, Stephanie Cohn; bottom left, Wendy and Richard Bernowitz with Wendy’s mother Ethel Bikel, a Kaplen Adult Reach Center participant; Breakfast hosts Stephanie and Daniel Cohn, JCC CEO Jordan Shenker, and Lavish Lunches co-chairs Lorin Cook and Brandi Rubin.

Nearly 300 women attended the Kaplen JCC on the Palisades’ culinary adventure — Lavish Lunches — which raises money that supports JCC programs and services for senior adults in the community.

This year’s program began with breakfast at the home of Stephanie and Daniel Cohn, where Chef Seamus Mullen spoke about his journey to health and healthy eating and shared samples of one of his favorite recipes. Wendy Bernowitz, daughter of a senior participant in the Kaplen Adult Reach Center, talked about her mother’s experience in the program.

“It’s been a difficult journey, but the JCC has made a world of difference,” Ms. Bernowitz said. “It has given her a newfound sense of self and independence and she is more confident and social since she joined the program. It gives her a structured day, social engagement, daily exercise, a music program and so much more.”

Guests chose from a selection of “Lavish Lunches,” some of them kosher, served in local homes and venues, where hostesses provided a unique and memorable dining experience.

Support from Lavish Lunches and donations from the community enable the JCC to provide a wide variety of programs that allow seniors to age in place successfully.

“As a not-for-profit agency open to the entire community, the JCC believes that caring for seniors is a core component of its mission,” the JCC’s CEO, Jordan Shenker, said. “Our center is a place seniors can come to make friends, share in programs that keep them connected to the community, and find a sense of purpose that is so often absent in the aging process. And it’s programs like Lavish Lunches that make this possible.”

The day was co-chaired by Lorin Cook and Brandi Rubin, with a committee that included Dana Baumgarten, Orly Chen, Alissa Epstein, Nira Feldman, Merle Fish, Melissa Garden, Amy Goldstein, Lauren Gordon, Erica Rivera, Michele Ross, Beth Rubach, Jennifer Schiffman, Jillian Somberg, and Francie Steiner, and special events chair Marci Ginzburg,.

Hostesses who offered their homes included Dana Adler, Lorin Cook, Jamie Corsair, Gina Curko, Diane Denberg, Stacy Esser, Merle Fish, Jennifer Graf, Marci Ginzburg, Tina Guberman, Ariel Jacobs, Jodi Kleiner, Sloane Levine, Michelle Marom, Robin Miller, Heather Rabinowitz, Erica Rivera, Pearl Seiden, Brandi Rubin, Jennifer Schiffman, Jillian Somberg, and Harley Ungar.

Sponsors included Artistic Tile, Englewood Wine Merchants, Gilly’s Organics, Hartly, Leet Homes, LLC, Orly Chen, RE/MAX Properties Plus, SEESAW, ShopRite/Treeco, The Real Estate Equity Company, and Verus Therapy.

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