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Congratulations to Nancy Ludin, an Orlando Magazine Woman of the Year


Roberto Gonzalez

Shown here are five of the 23 Women of the Year (back row, l-r): Elizabeth Forrest, Nancy Ludin, Karla Radka; (seated, l-r): Cindy LaRoe, Marnie Forestieri.

In the June 2018 issue of Orlando Magazine, 23 women are named as the magazine's 2018 Women of the Year. The magazine asked for nominees of women who are making a positive impact on the community, and readers responded with a plethora of recommendations. Former Jewish Pavilion Marketing Director Julie Dorsey Capps and Pavilion CFO Penny D'Agostino immediately sent in their nomination of Nancy Ludin, executive director of The Jewish Pavilion.

Both women told Ludin about the nomination, so she knew about the award when she was invited to the photo shoot by Kristin Merrick, associate publisher of Orlando Magazine.

"Whether it is recruiting volunteers or sponsors, networking at community events to find additional service providers, or personally making in-room visits to residents, Ludin has made it her life's mission to ensure that the residents of Central Florida senior living communities routinely have the opportunity to connect back to their Jewish community with the observance of important holidays and traditions," one nomination read.

"I am very excited about being selected by the Orlando Magazine as one of their Women of the Year," Ludin told the Heritage. "I am very passionate about the wonderful work we do at the Jewish Pavilion and the Orlando Senior Help Desk to enhance the lives of seniors, of all faiths, in elder care communities. I am proud of the assistance we provide older adults and their family members with issues pertaining to aging through the Orlando Senior Help Desk.  One of the silent benefits of the Jewish Pavilion is that we are educating the entire community about Jewish culture and traditions. The staff in senior communities now comprehend our holidays like Chanukah and Passover and even use our Jewish Pavilion cookbook to prepare for Shabbat and other festivities.  We also share our culture through participation in numerous networking groups. In the last two years, the Jewish Pavilion has hosted two breakfasts at the Maitland Chamber of commerce-one for Israel Independence Day and one for Purim. We just signed up to host a breakfast for the high holidays. We are know for fabulous food and fun holiday parties."

Not only is Ludin the CEO overseeing 400 volunteers, she counts herself as one of those volunteers, and she is currently the senior resource specialist of the Pavilion's Orlando Senior Help Desk. If there is a need that must be met, she will fill that need whether is it fund raising, marketing and event planning.

"It takes Nancy Ludin's patience, caring and passion to make sure that the mission is fulfilled," another nomination shared with Orlando Magazine.

In celebration of the award, The Orlando Magazine has invited all the ladies (and two guests) to a brunch at the Alfond Inn on June 21.


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