Gala draws more than 200 to honor 8 over 80


Melissa Masin with her mother, Bunny Rosen.

More than 200 guests attended the recent Kinneret Council on Aging’s 2013 8 over 80 Honorary Dinner at Kinneret Apartments to honor Claire Mercer; Anita Hara; John Lowndes; Bunny Rosen; Gloria Newberger; Madeline Wolly; Irv Shargaa; Charlotte Rotenberg. This event was the largest fundraiser held at Kinneret since the Gala began more than 12 years ago.

Madeline Wolly, with her children who traveled from New York, daughter-in-law Sharon Phillips, son Dr. Bob Phillips, and daughter Ricky Phillips.

“This event was so warm and inclusive,” said Faye Novick, Kinneret Council on Aging vice president and event chairwoman. “It was a true community celebration of some amazing individuals.” In addition to the honorees and their friends and families, the event also was attended by past honorees including, Phyllis Kamenoff; Helen Greenspun; Joe Lefkowitz; Lester Mandell; Bea Kellogg; Jean Dolen and Robert Weissmann.

The highlight of the evening was the introduction of the honorees and a viewing of a video produced by A Magic Moment. “It was important to us to be able to share with our guests how inspiring this group of honorees is. The video truly did that by connecting every person in the room to each other through stories, humor and anecdotes,” said Leslie Collin, executive director of the Kinneret Council on Aging. Vicki Freed volunteered her photography services for the night. Photos of the event, as well as a nomination form for next year’s event, scheduled for Feb. 23, 2014, can be found at

The Kinneret Apartments are the Jewish community’s twin residence towers for low-income senior citizens in downtown Orlando. For more information, contact Collin at 407-425-4537.


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