On Nov. 5th, The Jewish Housing Council Foundation (JHCF), which supports Kobernick House, Anchin Pavilion and The Benderson Family Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, held its second annual ‘Keeping the Dream Alive’ event at Michael’s on East in Sarasota.
The fundraising event, co-chaired by Sheila Birnbaum and Debbie Haspel, raised $129,000 for the foundation’s Benevolent Care Program, which provides financial abatement for those residents who have outlived their financial resources, allowing them to continue to live and be cared for on the Kobernick-Anchin campus. The need for the Benevolent Care Program has continued to grow over the past several years costing in excess of $500,000 per year.
“We continue to grow, to build, and most importantly, continue to provide this great service here in the community,” said JHCF board member and Gulf Coast Community Foundation gift officer Scott Anderson during the evening’s program.
Prior to the event, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, a Presenting Sponsor, offered the foundation a challenge grant of $2,500, which was matched during the evening by an anonymous donor.
“We are so grateful to donors and sponsors who helped make this event a success,” said Kobernick-Anchin CEO Darlene Arbeit. “We have never asked a resident to leave for financial reasons and the proceeds from tonight’s event will help to ensure that we never will.”
Guests were treated to elegant desserts and a unique performance by members of the Sarasota Opera, who performed songs from classical operas Don Giovanni and La Traviata and Broadway musicals South Pacific and Fiddler on the Roof.
Lynn Simon, whose father lives at Anchin Pavilion and is a benefactor of the Benevolent Care Program, delivered the evening’s keynote address and expressed gratitude to the foundation for allowing her father to stay in his home amid hard financial times.
“My heart was reopened and my faith was restored,” Simon said of how she felt when she learned of the program from Kobernick staff. “I couldn’t really comprehend this kind of goodness.”
The event was supported by Presenting Sponsors: KBR Foundation, Gulf Coast Community Foundation, Margot and Warren Coville, Gerard Daniel, Beatrice Friedman, Irving and Marylin Naiditch, Stanley Kane and Dan Paradies; Platinum Sponsors: Eileen and Howard Curd, Debbie and Larry Haspel, Betty and Ed Rosenthal, The Benderson Family and Gersh Cohn; Corporate Sponsors: BB&T, Dex Imaging, Atlas Insurance, Doctor’s Choice – Help at Home Homecare, Udell and Associates and Bottomline Solutions.
Established in 1993, Kobernick-Anchin is the only rental full continuum of care 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.