The Legacy Senior Communities, a Plano-based nonprofit, will welcome real estate mogul and “Shark Tank” star Barbara Corcoran on Thursday at The Legacy Senior Communities’ annual The Yes! Event fundraiser.
The fundraiser begins at 11:30 a.m. at Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas. It will benefit The Legacy Senior Communities Financial Assistance Fund, which will provide charitable support to future residents of The Legacy Midtown Park, the organization’s rental continuing care retirement community currently under development in Dallas.
Specifically, the fund will help supplement the cost of their care and provide the extra amenities to enrich the quality of their life. In addition, the fund will assist seniors using personal assistance services that include help with bathing, grooming, dressing, transportation, recovery from illness and transition from a hospital stay back home, through The Legacy at Home, the organization’s Medicare-certified, not-for-profit home health agency. The Legacy Senior Communities has provided care to seniors and their families in the Greater Dallas area for more than 60 years.
The event committee consists of co-chairs Carol Aaron, Dawn Aaron, Sandy Donsky, Linda Garner, Zona Pidgeon, Jody Stein and Karla Steinberg.
Corcoran became one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country after borrowing $1,000, quitting her job as a waitress and starting a tiny real estate company in New York. That company grew into a $5 billion dollar real estate business. Today, best known as one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s hit TV show, “Shark Tank,” Corcoran uses her finances and business acumen to invest in start-up companies and guide them to success.
Guests will hear her personal story.
“A community is judged by the way it cares for its elders, and I feel it is our collective responsibility to provide a wonderful lifestyle and exemplary care to seniors in Greater Dallas,” stated Carol Aaron, co-chair of The Yes! Event committee, in a press release. “We encourage everyone to step up and help us continue to not just meet but exceed the needs of seniors and their families now and in the future.”
“Our Financial Assistance Fund provides charitable support for residents who rely on us for care or extra services that enrich their lives,” stated Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities. “We are appreciative for the community’s continued support, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear from a dynamic individual like Barbara Corcoran while raising funds to support our mission.”
The Yes! Event also will include the presentation of the third annual Carmen Miller Michael – Legacy Senior Communities award. The award pays tribute to Carmen Miller Michael, who was dedicated to improving the quality of life for people dealing with the issues of aging, mental health and cognitive challenges. The award was created to pay tribute to a member of the Greater Dallas community who displays the special qualities which Carmen Miller Michael possessed: a pioneering spirit and an unshakeable sense of justice and compassion.
“We will honor a truly inspirational individual and trailblazer who shares our commitment to serving others, and we will hear from a motivational entrepreneur during this captivating event,” stated Marc R. Stanley, chair of the Board of Trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities. “We are thankful to all of our donors whose support assists us in providing thriving communities and high-quality care. We find it truly rewarding to provide seniors with dynamic and enriched lives.”
The award will go to Adlene Harrison, the first Jewish and first female mayor of Dallas, who is a fiercely independent individual and whose perseverance and dedication to others continues to inspire those around her. Harrison, like Miller Michael, works as an advocate for the underserved by helping to challenge the status quo and improve their lives. Harrison was selected by a committee chaired by Maddy Unterberg and which included Andrea Statman, Shirley Tobolowsky, Julie Lowenberg and Hanne Klein, as well as Freda Gail Stern, of memory.
“Adlene is an incredible resource and has helped so many people over the years,” Unterberg stated. “Carmen was her dear friend, and like Carmen, she is a woman with a pioneering spirit who is always at the forefront of making a difference for others. From the very beginning, Adlene has been a constant presence for The Legacy Senior Communities and instrumental in the organization’s early success.”
Harrison has been an integral component of The Legacy Senior Communities since she became a part of the Friends of Golden Acres auxiliary board, which was responsible for raising money and providing special programs during the 1960s.
A single ticket for the event is $200. Various sponsorship opportunities also are available. For more information about the Yes! Event and sponsorship opportunities, please visit The Legacy Senior Communities Yes! Event page http://www.theyesevent.com.