Dallas Doings

Hadassah to honor Bea Weisbrod at gala

The Dallas Chapter of Hadassah is pleased to honor Dallas philanthropist Bea Weisbrod at its Myrtle Wreath Dinner and Gala, Saturday evening, Dec. 5. Recipients of this prestigious award are selected for their significant contributions to state and national government, the arts, education, science, volunteerism and philanthropy.
Bea Weisbrod, third-generation Dallasite, is past president of the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah, presently serves on the board of the Greater Southwest Region of Hadassah as Speakers Bureau chair and is the Dallas Chapter historian. She is a member of the Golden Wreath Society of Major Donors of Hadassah and a member of the Golden Keepers of the Gate. She is a recipient of the Sara Susman Award and a past honoree of Bnai Zion.
This year, the Dallas Chapter is privileged to have Nancy Falchuk, national president of Hadassah, as its distinguished speaker. She will update the audience on the latest accomplishments of Hadassah and present Weisbrod with the award.
Prior to the gala, a kickoff event honoring Weisbrod will be held on Nov. 11, at the home of Carol and Steve Aaron, from 2 to 4 p.m. This “High Tea” features special guest Annette Sondock, member of the national board of Hadassah and chair of the National Hadassah Medical Organization.
The Hadassah Medical Organization (HMO) was nominated for the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize. Research discoveries, including findings of genetic mutations linked to various diseases, are being made at HMO at groundbreaking speed. In the United States, Hadassah works on behalf of women in educating its members and their communities about issues such as domestic violence, voter participation and women’s health. Hadassah was a leader in lobbying efforts to win passage of the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act of 2008.
For more information concerning the upcoming tea and gala, please contact the Dallas Chapter of Hadassah at 214-691-1948.

Veranda Preston Hollow announces new name, unveils new look

Veranda Preston Hollow has announced its official name change to The Legacy at Preston Hollow, according to Michael Ellentuck, president of the Legacy Senior Communities. The new name became effective Oct. 15. This decision came two years after the parent company, The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc., purchased the Veranda as a replacement location for the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged. In addition to the name change, the community recently completed an extensive renovation. “We remain committed to working diligently to provide a comfortable, nurturing environment for our residents to ensure the highest quality of life.”
In 1953, as a Jewish-sponsored, nonprofit organization, the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged was founded with a mission to serve seniors and the Jewish community. In August 2007, the Dallas Home for the Jewish Aged sold its Golden Acres Campus and purchased Veranda Preston Hollow.
“This is a very exciting time for our organization,” said Cary Rossel, chairperson of The Legacy Senior Communities, Inc. “Our 55-year tradition of serving seniors and our partnership with the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas remains steadfast, and the new name change and look will reflect our commitment of enriching the quality of life for residents of The Legacy at Preston Hollow.”

Poverty Simulation Program at Beth Torah, Nov. 8

A powerful Poverty Simulation Program, co-sponsored by the Jewish Community Relations Council and Congregation Beth Torah, will be held on Sunday, Nov, 8, 9 a.m. to noon at Beth Torah, 720 W. Lookout Drive in Richardson.
Members of the Dallas Jewish community are invited to experience firsthand how those in poverty have to deal with hunger, disability, transportation and much, much more by simulating a month in the life of someone less fortunate.
Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. A donation of $5 to be given to an area homeless shelter is suggested, or bring paper goods and toiletries to be donated to Jewish Family Service.
For more information or to register to attend, please contact mjacobson@jfgd.org or 214-615-5261. Because of space limitations, early RSVPs are urged.

Brandnu Marketing wins two communications awards

Mazel tov to Melanie Hoffman, principal, and Addison marketing firm Brandnu Marketing which has been recognized with two Dallas Quill Awards from the Dallas Chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) — one of the highest local honors for communicators. The company specializes in providing innovative solutions for branding and identity, print and Web, public relations and advertising strategies, all specifically tailored to help companies achieve their objectives.
Brandnu Marketing earned a Dallas Quill Award of Excellence for Communication, Creative-Organizational Identity, for its rebranding work with PepWear, formerly Music Ts, Custom Design and Diploma Plaques International. And, it garnered a Dallas Quill Award of Merit for Communication, Creative-Interactive Media Design-Internet, for its redesign of Christian Community Action’s Web site at www.ccahelps.org.
The IABC Dallas’ 2009 Quill Awards program recognizes business communication excellence. Each entry was judged by two members from other IABC chapters who are business communicators from major corporations, agencies and other organizations. Entries scoring a combined average of 5.75 or higher receive the IABC Dallas Quill Award of Excellence. Those scoring between 5.25 and 5.74 receive an Award of Merit. To learn more about IABC Dallas and the awards, visit dallas.iabc.com. The 2009 Quill Awards were presented Sept. 30 at the Old Red Museum of Dallas County History and Culture in downtown Dallas.

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