Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00
Despite inclement weather, nothing was going to stop supporters and friends of the Mid-Island Y Jewish Community Center (MIYJCC) and POB NNORC (Plainview-Old Bethpage Neighborhood Naturally Occurring Retirement Communities) from participating in the second annual “NORCWALK.” Children, teens, adults and senior citizens gathered on Sunday, May 15, at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Middle School for an intergenerational walk and family fun activities benefiting seniors in Plainview-Old Bethpage.
Everyone enjoyed the camaraderie, music, snacks, arts and crafts projects and community resources provided by sponsors, as well as a short walk in the rain. Proceeds from the event, which raised more than $16,000, will benefit POB NNORC, which provides programs and supportive services for senior’s ages 60+ in the community. The mission of POB NNORC is to enable seniors to live independently and remain in their homes.
“We had an incredible committee led by chairperson Tom Ryan of @Home Healthcare and comprised of dedicated volunteers, staff and sponsors who worked tirelessly to ensure the morning’s success,” said POB NNORC Project Director Robyn Berman. “The community support for our NORC program will enable us to maintain and further develop vital services for seniors in our community.”
Nassau County Legislator Judy Jacobs and Town of Oyster Bay Councilwoman Rebecca Alesia, representing the Town of Oyster Bay, offered warm greetings and congratulations for the wonderful work of POB NNORC. Special thanks go out to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of Plainview for the opening ceremonies, Ally Soel for performing the national anthem, the JFK High School acapella group, the Rolling Tones, the Syosset High School acapella group, the Vector Harmonics and soloist Emily Rabinowitz for their wonderful entertainment. In addition, walk organizers are grateful to Marc Bloom for photographing the event and for the work of many volunteers – POB NNORC and MIYJCC volunteers, students from the Teens As Leaders program of the Mid- Island Y JCC, and members of the JFK High School Community Service Club.
The “NORCWALK” would not have been possible without the following generous sponsors as well as numerous donors:
Platinum Sponsor: North Shore LIJ Health System
Gold Sponsors: @Home Healthcare, AM Recht and Associates, Astoria Federal Savings, DGC Capital, Food Authority, Greenfield’s Shop Rite, Lopinto Eye Associates, Outdoor Installations, and LLC, Signature Bank.
Silver Sponsors: AM&G Waterproofing LLC, Sara and David Berman, Dr. Mindy Berstein M.D., F.A.A.D., The Bristal Assisted Living, Cactus Salon, Caring Transitions, Central Island Healthcare, Comfort Keepers, Commodore Construction Corp, Del-Mir Caterers, Father, Sons & Daughters Floor Covering, Goldex Limited, Graphic Connections, Andrew Lamkin Elder Care Attorney, Minuteman Press-Forest Hills, MYLO Gourmet, North Shore Financial Group, Patch.com, Somerset Gardens Senior Living, Star of David Memorial Chapel, Inc., Sunrise Assisted Living, United Lifeline, and Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology.
Friend Sponsors: Ronit and Yoram Behiri, Tnuva USA, Commercial Electric Contractors, Inc., Eyeglass House, Carol Frank, Victor Giaime, Veneer One, Gutterman’s Inc., Estelle and Alan Hodes, Arnold Lanzillotta, Jonathan Arnold Inc., Russell Robinson, Jewish National Fund, Kenneth Seligson, Jersey Lynne Farms, Soccer Shots, TOBAY Hadassah, Henrietta Treiman, and Wiggby Precision.
POB NNORC is dedicated to enabling all senior residents (age 60+) to remain in their homes and independent. POB NNORC staff, along with numerous community partners and volunteers, improve the quality of life and protect the health and independence of area elders by providing a rich array of quality programs and services. Those include: in-depth assessments and case management; information and referral; health screenings and monitoring; education and information; transportation to medical appointments; minor home repairs; shopping assistance; friendly visiting; telephone reassurance and more. All services are provided free of charge to seniors residing in Plainview and Old Bethpage.
For more information on POB NNORC or to make a financial contribution, please call Robyn Berman, director, at 822-3535, ex. 385.
The Mid-Island Y JCC is a non-profit community center offering programs for children, adults, seniors, singles and teens. The Mid-Island Y JCC is a beneficiary of UJA-Federation of New York. For more information about the JCC, visit the website at www.miyjcc.org.