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The Legacy Senior Communities recently held a special event to recognize the individuals and groups who dedicated their time during the past year to enhance the lives of those served by the not-for-profit organization. In 2017, over 350 volunteers spent an estimated total of 6,700 hours serving seniors and team members across The Legacy Senior Communities. The organization’s volunteer program has a wide variety of options for those who want to get involved at The Legacy Willow Bend life care retirement community, or through the organization’s home health agency, The Legacy at Home. Whether volunteering as an individual or in a group, no act of service is taken for granted, as volunteers provide an extraordinary gift of their quality time. The annual event, co-chaired by Nonie Schwartz and Marilyn Schwartz, included an awards ceremony during which Rivae Campo, volunteer coordinator for The Legacy Senior Communities, announced the “Rookie of the Year Award,” the “Outstanding Volunteer Group Awards,” “Outstanding Musical Volunteer Group,” “Outstanding Pet Visitor” and “Administrative Volunteer.” Ivonne Walker was named “Volunteer of the Year” for the second time because of natural ability to work with seniors and her sincere desire to help residents and team members.

Additionally, for the fourth year in a row Campo gave special recognition to The Legacy Willow Bend’s own knitting and crochet club, The Ladies of The Legacy Willow Bend. The members of the club come together each week to knit and crochet beautiful hats and scarves for those in need throughout Greater Dallas. Each year, the group’s production numbers increase tremendously, from last year’s whopping 3,200 items to the more than 3,500 pieces which were donated this year to 10 local organizations. Campo also recognized the senior living community’s Mahjong volunteers, The Maj Ladies, who visit the community each week on Thursday afternoons to spend time with residents and facilitate Mahjong games. For volunteer Susan Preston, these weekly interactions are special opportunities to continue building relationships with residents at the community.

“Having the opportunity to spend time each week with these ladies has been a joy in my life,” said Preston. “I began volunteering at the community eight years ago after my mother moved in, and I continue to volunteer even after her passing. It helps me build such wonderful relationships, and I don’t want that to change. It’s an incredible feeling to spend time with these ladies, and it does me and the other volunteers just as much good to see them as it does for them to see us. Together we’ve celebrated birthdays and run errands and – really more than anything – built real friendships. It’s a close-knit group, and I couldn’t imagine it any other way.”

The “Rookie of the Year” award was presented to Claire Pettigrew for dedicating her time to serving others. Between her academic studies and other volunteer obligations, Pettigrew continues to give 12 hours a week to memory care residents at The Legacy Willow Bend. Similarly, two amazing volunteer groups were honored as “Outstanding Volunteer Group.” The Special Education - ATS Program at Plano East Senior High School (PESH) was represented by Jeannette Henderson. Henderson visits the community with her students where they assist in various activities that help the students learn new skills. The award was also given to the Plano Family YMCA, after the group visited the community to volunteer in various programs and activities.

Additionally, “Outstanding Musical Volunteer Group“ awards were presented to Love to Share and The Bluebonnets Performances Group for visiting monthly to perform for residents. Further, Mindy Cherkin was recognized as “Outstanding Pet Visitor” and Jane Shook for “Administrative Volunteer.” Finally, Ivonne Walker was honored as “Volunteer of the Year” for the second consecutive year.

“We are incredibly grateful for all of our volunteers and their selflessness,” said Campo. “Every day we have the opportunity to see how they impact the lives of residents in ways big and small, and we couldn’t imagine what we would do without them. Each volunteer is an integral part of the service we provide, and we are humbled by their willingness to give of themselves each day.”

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Photo 1 L to R Melissa Orth, Marc R. Stanley, Caro

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit charitable organization, officially broke ground on The Legacy Midtown Park rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas. The organization celebrated the milestone with board members, donors and invited guests. Once completed, the total project cost of The Legacy Midtown Park will be $175 million, and it will create approximately 350 jobs. The community will have 184 independent living apartments, and the highest quality of care in 50 assisted living apartments, 36 memory care residences, and 54 suites for short-term rehabilitation or long-term care. In an urban, contemporary setting with multiple dining options, a fully equipped fitness, aerobics and aquatic center and cutting-edge amenities, The Legacy Midtown Park will provide the lifestyle desired by seniors today and for years to come. The Legacy at Home, the organization’s not-for-profit home health care agency, will also provide home health care and personal care for residents if needed.


The groundbreaking ceremony included remarks from Marc R. Stanley, chairman of the board of trustees of The Legacy Senior Communities; Dallas County Judge Clay Jenkins; Carol Aaron, co-chair of the capital campaign committee and chair of the board of directors of The Legacy Midtown Park; Michael Ellentuck, director of project development for The Legacy Midtown Park; Mark Kreditor, Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas board chair; Dallas City Council Member Jennifer Staubach Gates; and Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. Rabbi Adam Roffman of Congregation Shearith Israel led the concluding prayer.


“A community is judged by the way it cares for its elders, and it is our responsibility to build a campus that provides a wonderful lifestyle, offers the highest quality of care and meets the needs of the community,” said Carol Aaron, co-chair of the capital campaign committee and chair of the board of directors of The Legacy Midtown Park. “I am thrilled to reach this historic moment in our organization’s history, and I want to personally thank all of our donors who stepped up to make this community a reality.”


“We are embarking on an exciting new chapter for The Legacy Senior Communities. The Legacy Midtown Park will be a state-of-the-art retirement community with independent living and all other levels of care on one campus,” said Marc R. Stanley, chairman of the board of trustees for The Legacy Senior Communities. “North Texas families have been asking us for years to create a rental continuing care retirement community in Dallas, and we are thrilled to respond with this amazing community.”


Located on 10 acres in the Midtown Park development between Meadow Road and Royal Lane just off North Central Expressway in Dallas, The Legacy Midtown Park will be the only Jewish-sponsored rental retirement

community in Dallas. However, the development will offer security and peace of mind for people of all faiths who will call the community home.



“We are a mission-based organization, and we have a proud history of caring for seniors and their families in Dallas,” said Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “The Legacy Midtown Park will allow us to continue our dedication to seniors through innovative programming, superior care and exceptional lifestyle options. It is an honor to build this unique community, and we look forward to furthering our commitment to serving Dallas seniors and their families.”


Project partners include Dallas-based D2 Architecture; Andres Construction Services, StudioSIX5, interior design firm; Talley Associates, landscape architecture; The Belaire Group, development consultant; SunTrust Bank, lead arranger; and Frost Bank.


“The Legacy Senior Communities is fulfilling a long-term vision with the construction of this innovative continuing care retirement community,” said Julia Harman, Dallas-Fort Worth market president for SunTrust.  “We are thrilled to bring our aging services expertise to bear in partnering with Legacy on this important financing within the Dallas marketplace.”


Construction on the entire community will officially start next month. The community expects to begin opening Fall 2019 with long-term care and short-term rehab, and independent living and other levels of care will open in 2020.


For more information about the project, the public can contact Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities, by calling (972) 468-6161 or emailing

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Laura Levy, Marc R. Stanley, Melissa Orth (L to R

The Legacy Senior Communities, a not-for-profit organization, recently gathered together to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Passover with its residents, their families and staff. The Legacy Willow Bend, Plano’s first and only life care retirement community, held Seders in independent living, assisted living and memory care. Additionally, The Legacy at Home, The Legacy Senior Communities’ not-for-profit home health care agency, delivered macaroons with a Passover message to their Jewish clients in observance of the holiday.

“Celebrating Passover as a community is always a deeply moving experience for our residents and their families and home health care clients,” said Melissa Orth, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “It is rewarding to see everyone, including our non-Jewish residents, participate together. At The Legacy Senior Communities we believe in the importance of honoring all Jewish holidays and the shared traditions that create a bond across generations.”

Marc R. Stanley, current chair of The Legacy Senior Communities’ board of trustees,led the Seder for independent living residents and their families. The independent living dining room was filled to capacity, with Stanley and participants reading responsively the historical account of the Israelites’ flight from Egypt and the celebration of their escape from bondage. Asher Stanley, 12, and Naomi Tell, 13, read the Four Questions during the Seder for independent living for their first time. Sherrie Stohl of Nishmat AM led the Seder for residents in memory support, while Eli Davidsohn led those in assisted living.

During each of the Seders, participants commemorated the ancient story of the Israelites’ deliverance from slavery and captivity in Egypt with the traditional prayers and songs. A traditional Seder plate displayed symbolic food items that correspond with elements of the story of the exodus from Egypt.

“It is important to commemorate Passover with residents of The Legacy Willow Bend and our clients of The Legacy at Home,” said Andrea Statman, director of development for The Legacy Senior Communities. “We value the moments we have to express gratitude for the miracles in the past and the blessings we share today. It was a privilege to celebrate this meaningful holiday as a community.”

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Col. Ben Greenfield, Bob Weinfeld, Mary West and C

If there’s an event that challenges local athletes ages 50-plus to a competition while having fun and promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, you will likely find residents of The Legacy Willow Bend participating. Recently, The Dallas Park and Recreation Department held its Senior Games at Fair Park for all athletes 50 years and older. In this event, the residents didn’t just participate, they won! Residents Col. Bob Greenfield and Bob Weinfeld each participated in the 5K run, with Greenfield placing first in the 80-84 age group and Weinfeld winning first place in the 90-and-over group. Following the competition was the one-mile fun walk, in which residents Christina Chan and Mary West participated. The entire morning was an incredible experience and showed the dedication that the residents and the senior living community have to health and wellness.

“Having the opportunity to witness each resident participate in the Senior Games was truly inspiring,” said Alice Carpenter, wellness coordinator at The Legacy Willow Bend. “We strive daily as a community to provide our residents with the resources they need to live healthy and active lives. Some of our residents are working out five to seven days a week. I am thrilled that both residents won first place in their age bracket, and they are wonderful examples of people living a committed and active lifestyle.”

“We are very proud of the residents who participated in this year’s Dallas Park and Recreation Department Senior Games,” said Laura Levy, executive director of The Legacy Willow Bend. “Each day we are moved by our residents’ determination to live life to the fullest. At The Legacy Willow Bend we strive to provide our residents with the resources they need to meet their goals and achieve whole-body wellness. It’s our hope that the triumphs of our residents inspire others to try something new and reach their own goals.”