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Menorah Park to honor mothers, fathers with 100th Anniversary Gala

Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood stands outside the DeWitt retirement home.

Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood stands outside the DeWitt retirement home. Photo by Ned Campbell.

— “Dinner dances are wonderful and their gorgeous,” Bloodgood said, “but we want people to walk away thinking, ‘Oh, I remember that’ and, ‘My mother was part of that’ or, ‘I’m part of that.’”

If you go…

WHAT: Menorah Park’s 100th Anniversary Gala

WHERE: Temple Adath Yeshurun, 450 Kimber Road, Syracuse

WHEN: 6:30 PM Saturday, Oct. 27

DRESS: Black tie optional

TICKETS: $150 each; call 446-9111 ext. 118.

Bloodgood also hopes people will come away thinking about what the next 100 years could hold for Menorah Park, which she said includes offering more care to people in their homes, and expanding the internship program in order to attract more young people to the field of geriatrics.

“An opportunity to work with seniors is something that’s our passion, and we want to be able to bring that younger person into the field and say this is a great opportunity for you, you can get back as much as you give,” she said.

Bloodgood is confident that Menorah Park will continue to move forward and find new and improved ways to fulfill its mission — to assure maximum independence and dignity for seniors through the highest quality of health, residential and community services.

Before even coming to Menorah Park, she saw that the volunteer board of directors was visionary.

“I knew a lot of things were going to change for the better over time, and it just didn’t strike me, this organization, as a facility that was going to stay the same,” she said. “The status quo’s not good enough. There’s always more to do and new ways to provide better care, so that’s what really drew me to the Jewish home.”

Tickets to Menorah Park’s 100th Anniversary Gala are $150 per person, and all are welcome to attend. The event is black tie optional, and will feature dinner and dancing to the music of the Stan Colella Orchestra. To make your reservation, call 446-9111 ext. 118.

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