Seven Acres Jewish Senior Care Services last month held one of its most successful annual galas to date, raising more than $1 million with 800 guests in attendance to affirm “There’s No Place Like the Home.”
Held at the Westin Galleria, the event honored four community leaders with the Spirit of Life Award for their many years of service and support of Seven Acres and the Houston Jewish community. The evening included silent and Big Board auctions, dinner and dancing to the 60s-era rock band The Fab Five. Guests mingled with members of local student service groups, the Youth Council Men and Leading Ladies, who dressed to the Wizard of Oz theme. Co-chairs for the gala were Andrea and David Stein, Gail and Gary Swartz, and Judy and Ronnie Yambra.
Honorees received their awards from local leaders and close friends. Houston City Council member Ellen Cohen made the presentation to Ann Friedman, who wore ruby slippers for the occasion. Her husband and former Spirit of Life award recipient J. Kent Friedman was presenter forAmbassador Arthur Schechter’s award. Diana Brackman received her award from former Spirit of Life award recipient and past Seven Acres Board President Joyce Schechter, while former Seven Acres Board President Larry Buck presented S. Conrad Weil, Jr. with his award.
In his remarks, Gary Swartz, Seven Acres president and gala co-chair, thanked those who helped make the gala “a spectacular affair.”
“This event is held every year to offset the funds that Medicaid does not cover and to make it possible for the residents to have a true quality of life,” he said. “Seven Acres is their home – a place for them to come to live the last years of their lives in dignity and comfort. There really is no place like the Home!”