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An afternoon in Paris with The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah


March 30, 2018

Emily Rotenberg posing in the cancan dancer stand.

The Orlando Chapter of Hadassah recently held the Bunny Rosen Women's Heart Health Fashion Show Luncheon at the Alfond Inn in Winter Park. This year's event was a fundraising triumph, amassing record funds in support of Hadassah's Women's Heart Health Initiative "Every Beat Counts."

The funds from this luncheon promote heart health awareness, training and information to women in the greater Orlando area as well as for research to unravel the mysteries of heart disease through the Hadassah Medical Organization in Jerusalem.

Currently, physicians at HMO's Heart Institute are researching ways to use specialized stem cells to replace cells lost to heart attacks or disease. A technique is under investigation that would enable a patient's own cells to repair the heart, as opposed to transplanting foreign cells from outside the body. The hope is to induce parts of the heart to regenerate and limit the damage done by heart attacks.

In the not so distant future, Hadassah doctors hope to take a CT or MRI picture of a person's heart valve, model the image with a 3D printer, and then build a personalized new valve to implant in an individual's heart. This work is preliminary but it may be the next frontier in personalized medicine as it relates to cardiology. These are but a few of the concepts Hadassah researchers are working on to improve heart health in the U.S. and abroad.

The members of the Orlando Chapter have contributed their time and funds to support these extraordinary medical projects as well to promote heart disease awareness among area women.

"An afternoon in Paris" fashion show was presented by Evelyn and Arthur Boutique and manager Kari Frazee. The models were Debbie Bellinkoff, Ellie Halperin, Sheida Jahanie, Roslyn Leventhal Melissa Masin, Emily Rotenberg, Andrea Silverman, Marj Smith, Susie Stone, and Susan Witt.

Hadassah thanks all of the guests who joined in "An afternoon in Paris," and helped make this fashion show luncheon one of the most successful.

Gratitude and appreciation goes to the Orlando Chapter's principal sponsor Rita Weissmann for her advice and support whenever called upon; the gold, silver and bronze sponsors as well as all of the business-related benefactors for their backing; Emily Rotenberg for her assistance throughout the planning and implementation of the event; Paula Roth for her help with the centerpieces and for photographing many of the "lovely cancan dancers"; Shelley Caran for wonderful professional photographs; Cheryl Perlmutter for keeping everyone informed and up to date with e-blasts and news alerts; Roslyn Leventhal, who stepped in with solutions whenever needed; Marcia Wasserman for coordinating the event and designing the programs, place cards, and centerpieces; Nancy Greenfield for handling the arduous task of taking reservations, meal requests and organizing the seating; Marlene Adler and Susan Livingstone for preparing the fantastic gift baskets and for handling the basket auction with the assistance of granddaughter Natalie Livingstone, and the Ima Groups and coordinator, Bonnie Toborowsky for their basket contributions. This was Orlando Chapter's most successful basket auction.

Hats off to Orlando Chapter's fundraisers, Debbie Selnick and Paula Rubin, and Andrea Silverman whose Herculean efforts made "Every Beat Counts" the big winner.

Sid Wasserman assisted with the many projects required for this event-especially making the cancan dancer stand, the hit of the afternoon, giving everyone the opportunity to be a dancer at the Moulin Rouge.


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