Sarasota, Fla. — Save the date: On Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. a group of extraordinary seniors will be honored at the inaugural Eight Over 80 event, a brunch at Michael’s on East in Sarasota. This event celebrates seniors who are shining stars in the Sarasota/Manatee community, serving as role models through their leadership, activism, altruism and philanthropy. It is sponsored by the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Housing Council Foundation (JHCF), supporting Kobernick House, Anchin Pavilion and The Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Tickets are $100, and sponsorships are available.
“We are excited about this event honoring the accomplishments of our inaugural Eight Over 80 nominees, who have all demonstrated steadfast commitment to enriching our community and the world,” said Kobernick-Anchin CEO Darlene Arbeit. “We received a great response from our request for nominations, and the honorees fully deserve this recognition.”
Chosen from a pool of more than 50 community nominees, honorees include:
Warren and Margot Coville – Warren, a retired professional photographer and part owner of the Detroit Pistons professional basketball team, and his wife Margot are avid promoters of Sarasota’s arts community and have supported the arts since retiring here in 1985. Warren currently serves on the Asolo Repertory Theater board of directors and is helping to create a county-wide cultural tourism program. The Covilles recently donated more than 700 photographs spanning the 20th century to the John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art. On Nov. 13, they were honored with the Outstanding Individual Philanthropist award at the 2012 AFP National Philanthropy Day awards luncheon in Sarasota.
Gerard Daniel – After selling his industrial and aerospace manufacturing business in 1986, Gerard and his late wife Ruth focused their local philanthropic efforts on leadership positionswith the Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, Temple Beth Israel, Children First, the JHCF and Sarasota Opera, among others.
Bea Friedman – Bea is a successful businesswoman who has lent her expertise in financial and organizational management and given generously to numerous charitable organizations over the years, including the Sarasota Orchestra, Women’s Resource Center, Florida Studio Theater, Van Wezel Foundation, Designing Women Boutique, All Faith’s Food Bank, Jewish Family & Children’s Services, Sarasota-Manatee Jewish Federation, Temple Beth Israel, Jewish National Fund and the JHCF.
Dan Paradies – Founder of The Paradies Shops, a chain of retail toy stores, Dan pledged to share his goodfortune with the world after narrowly escaping a mid-air collision in the Air Force during World War II. As part of that promise, he established the Billie Swan Paradies Scholarship Fund offered through the Ringling School of Art and Design, contributes to the Goldie Feldman Academy at Temple Beth Shalom School, the Daniel M. Paradies Foundation and the Sarasota Ballet.
Stanley Kane – Best known for his business success with food conglomerate Kane-Miller Corp., Stanley began volunteering as a young boy at the Hebrew Home for the Aged. His philanthropic involvement continued when he and his late wife Janet moved to Sarasota in 1984. He played a pivotal role in preserving the Asolo Theater in the 1990swhile serving on its board of directors. In addition, he supports the YMCA,Asolo Repertory Theater, Salvation Army, Sarasota Orchestra, Forty Carrots Family Center, New College Foundation, Sarasota Ballet, Jewish Family &Children’s Services and the JHCF through countless charitable contributions.
Mort & Carol Siegler – For many years, the Sieglers have worked to safeguard the Jewish people and foster amore tolerant world as board members of the American Jewish Committee. Locally, they are strong supporters of the Children’s Guardian Fund, Asolo Repertory Theater and Temple Beth Israel.
Betty Schoenbaum – The scope of Betty’s philanthropy is far-reaching. She and her late husband, Alex, founder of the Shoney’s restaurant chain, worked together to raise $31 million for the Protestant Salvation Army charity, funded college scholarships, local food banks, a library in Israel, and a $5.5 million cultural, educational, scientific and athletic complex for Ethiopian Jews in Kiryat Yam. Additionally, they donated seed money for the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center inSarasota, which provides social services to 11,000 people in need each month in this community.
Marilyn & Irving Naditch – Irving pioneered the microwave with Raytheon, is CEO of Royal Industries, Chicago, and is a partner in SNN6 here in Sarasota. He is a Founder and Board Member Emeritus of GWIZ and sits on the boards of the Chicago Boys Club and City of Hope. His wife, Marilyn, serves on the boards of AJC, CCJS and Technion. She developed networking for an international organization linking more than a thousand families worldwide, all sharing a debilitating neuromuscular disease.
A Tribute Journal featuring the honorees will be distributed at the event. For more information about adding your message to the honorees in the journal, tickets, sponsorships or advertising, please contact Denise Cotler, Director of Development of the Jewish Housing Council Foundation at (941) 377-0781, ext. 404 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Established in 1993, Kobernick-Anchin is the only full continuum of care rental community in Sarasota. It is a state-of-the-art retirement complex on a beautiful campus, convenient to all the many cultural and recreational attractions in the greater Sarasota-Manatee area. It is a not-for-profit enterprise developed by the Sarasota Manatee Jewish Housing Council, offering seniors the very best in independent and assisted living as well as skilled nursing care and rehabilitation. The community has two residences, Kobernick House, with 191 apartments for retirees who enjoy active, independent living, and Anchin Pavilion. Housed within Anchin is a 70-bed assisted living facility, including the Fannie Green Memory Care Center, and the Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, a 5 star rated 50-bed skilled unit. All options are available on the same campus so those who choose to live here are able to age in place.