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41st Annual Spring Benefit

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Diane Katzin, Chair, and Donna Jakubovitz, President, welcomed 200 guests to DOROT’s 41st Annual Spring Benefit at The Museum of the City of New York.

The event paid special tribute to Sara Peller, DOROT’s Associate Executive Director of Programs, who will be retiring this June. In her speech, Ms. Peller spoke about her work as the Director of DOROT’s Homelessness Prevention Program when she first joined the staff. She spoke thoughtfully about some of the very special older adults she has worked with during her 31 years at DOROT.

She also spoke about the compassionate service that DOROT provides to older adults throughout New York City and Westchester, explaining the gratitude she feels when “people tell me how much DOROT helped their mother - their neighbor - their uncle.”

She concluded her speech by sharing some of the lessons she had learned along the way, including the value of “staying positive and approaching life with joy, gratitude and a sense of humor.”

Jane E. Brody, the Personal Health Columnist for The New York Times, and honored guest at the Benefit, gave an inspiring address. Ms. Brody highlighted the devastating consequences of social isolation that some seniors experience as they grow older, and described the many ways in which a healthy diet can enrich our lives and keep us healthy. Ms. Brody concluded by stressing the importance of staying connected to our communities as we age.

Finally, the graduating seniors of Next Generation, DOROT’s Teen Leadership Council, were recognized at the Benefit for their commitment to DOROT as young leaders dedicated to building a better world for older adults.

DOROT has been helping older adults for the past 41 years. Events like the Annual Spring Benefit play a crucial role in enabling DOROT to provide the type of care that seniors count on. Thank you to all our attendees and supporters who made the night such a wonderful success.

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