The Legacy Senior Communities, a nonprofit charitable organization, hosted its Yes! Event fundraiser Thursday, Nov. 2, and welcomed reality television star, real estate mogul and self-made millionaire Barbara Corcoran as the guest speaker.
The event raised $282,000. Proceeds 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 – to help supplement the cost of their care and enrich their quality of life. In addition, the fund assists seniors using personal assistance services – including help with bathing, grooming, dressing, transportation, recovering from illness and transitioning from a hospital stay back home – through The Legacy at Home, the organization’s Medicare-certified, nonprofit home health agency.
The organization has provided care to seniors and their families in the Greater Dallas area for more than 60 years. The event committee consisted of co-chairs Carol Aaron, Dawn Aaron, Sandy Donsky, Linda Garner, Zona Pidgeon, Jody Stein and Karla Steinberg.
“We are a mission-driven organization dedicated to making sure seniors in Dallas have the care they need and the lifestyle they deserve,” stated Melissa Orth, president and CEO, in a press release.
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 City. That company grew into a $6 billion dollar real estate business.
Corcoran is best known as one of the “Sharks” on ABC’s “Shark Tank.” She uses her finances and business acumen to invest in start-up companies and guide them to success.
In addition, the organization presented The Carmen Miller Michael Award to Adlene Harrison, the first Jewish and first female mayor of Dallas. 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.
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 that Carmen Miller Michael possessed: a pioneering spirit and an unshakeable sense of justice and compassion.
Lead photo: Barbara Corcoran