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Jewish Pavilion's fashion show dressed for success


Pam Ruben

Jewish Pavilion volunteer models, (l-r) Elise Schilowitz, Jo Fischer, Elaine Gamson, Susie Stone, Marci Gaeser (also event chair), Sharon Littman, Shari Klafter, Shirley Schoenberger, Faye Novick, and Alison Polejes.

More than 100 guests gathered at Jewish Pavilion's "Spring into Fashion" event at Bloomingdales in Orlando on April 20, for a morning of friendship, fashion, fun and to raise funds for senior programs provided by the nonprofit for elder-care residents throughout Orlando. A handful of Pavilion volunteers graciously served as runway models as Jennifer Bentson, Bloomingdale's public relations specialist, shared the latest fashion trends. Bentson pointed out seasonal trends including lightweight fabrics, structured to flouncy fittings, and pops of color for added springtime flair. Pavilion Friends Board secretary and event honoree Marlene Adler was decked from head-to-toe in her signature denim style, and was pleased to hear that jeans (in all colors) will be as popular as ever this season. Adler's warm smile and constant joking delighted the crowd, as she shared humorous anecdotes interspersed with remarks of gratitude for Pavilion volunteers, family members and participants.

"Thank yous" were expressed by Marlene and the Adler family for the hard work of event organizer Marci Gaeser and to event sponsors Susie Kleiman, Elderlaw P.A., and Bloomingdales of Orlando for serving as host. Adler gave recognition to her own family for instilling in her the value in serving, and guiding her to remember our elders as integral members of the community who should not be forgotten as they reach old age. Additionally, Adler expressed appreciation for the Pavilion staff and volunteers for letting her do the things that she loves, including adding a dose of humor to the monthly Friends meeting.

In her usual witty style, Adler shared her own story about Bloomingdale's iconic "Big Brown Bag." She noted when she gave birth to her first child, Lauren, husband Lee was a medical resident, and luggage was a luxury for the future. When it came time to give birth, "The Big Brown Bag" made an excellent and sturdy suitcase for Lauren's baby needs. Later, when son Wolf, joined the family, a set of luggage did, too. However, Adler will always remember that the "Big Brown Bag" was there when she needed it.

Pam Ruben

Honoree Marlene Adler and family, (top, l-r) husband Lee and son Wolf Adler; (middle, l-r) daughter Lauren Morris and honoree Marlene Adler; (bottom, l-r) grandsons Zee and Elijah.

Several touching moments were shared by keynote speaker Susan Livingstone, who remarked that Adler was the first to reach out to her in friendship when she arrived in Orlando from Ireland in the 1980s. Livingstone shared that to know Adler was to have a friend.

Jewish Pavilion Executive Director Nancy Ludin remarked that the event's success was a testament to Adler, and her active community involvement. She stated, "Marlene Adler has fashioned a life out of giving back to the community, and it was a pleasure to honor her at today's fashion show. Also, a big thank you to Bloomingdales, Jennifer Bentson, our sponsors, volunteers and models. All of this support, including the Adler family's lovely breakfast and sponsorship, allowed us to be dressed for success in Marlene's honor."

The Jewish Pavilion has been bringing community to the doorsteps of elder-care residents since 2001. Residents of all faiths enjoy its programs. You can personally make a difference. Become a fan www.facebook.com/jewishpavilion or to donate or learn more visit http://www.Jewishpavilion.org.


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