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Menorah Park celebrates past, looks ahead at 100-year gala

Pictured at Menorah Park’s 100th Anniversary Gala are (from left) honorary centennial chairs Sidney and Winnie Greenberg, Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood and committee co-chair Steve Sisskind.

Pictured at Menorah Park’s 100th Anniversary Gala are (from left) honorary centennial chairs Sidney and Winnie Greenberg, Menorah Park CEO Mary Ellen Bloodgood and committee co-chair Steve Sisskind. Provided

— In a genuine show of community support, Menorah Park celebrated 100 years of serving Central New York seniors, Saturday evening, Oct. 27, at its Centennial Gala. Temple Adath was the setting as more than 300 attended a festive event that included reminisces of a rich history, a look at an innovative future, and most of all a fun night among people of diverse generations and backgrounds.

“The huge turnout, the wonderful evening and the funds raised to invest in our programs and facilities assured that we truly honored the memories of our mothers and fathers and all those who built the foundation of this wonderful institution,” Menorah Park’s CEO MaryEllen Bloodgood said.

According to Bloodgood, the Gala raised approximately $310,000 through sponsorships, seats at the gala and gifts. “The support was overwhelming in making this the biggest event in Menorah Park history,” she said.

The Gala was decorated with photos dating back to the founding of the Jewish Home for the Aged in 1912 and carrying on through 100 years of history. Proclamations and letters of congratulations from U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, State Senator David Valesky and a joint proclamation from Syracuse Mayor Stephanie Miner and County Executive Joanie Mahoney were displayed. Attendees were also invited to see what lies ahead for Menorah Park at a table exhibiting future environmental enhancements including rain gardens and a bioswale, both which will reduce water pollution.

Sidney and Winnie Greenberg were the honorary chairs of the event. The evening’s formal program included greetings from Gala co-chairs Howard and Ellen Weinstein and Steven and Robin Sisskind.

Rep. Ann Marie Buerkle presented a Congressional Record entry denoting Menorah Park’s centennial. The keynote speaker was Dr. Irving H. Goldman, grandson of one of the co-founders of the original Syracuse Jewish Home, who offered a personal perspective on Menorah Park’s history. Local news anchor Carrie Lazarus spoke with humor and emotion about her father and the wonderful care he was provided at Menorah Park. A newly-produced video gave a virtual tour of the extensive Menorah Park campus. After dinner, guests danced to the music of the Stan Colella Orchestra.

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