By Sharon Wisch-Ray
Marc Stanley named chair of Legacy Senior Communities board of trustees
The Legacy Senior Communities, dedicated to serving Jewish seniors for more than 60 years, has announced the election of Marc R. Stanley as chairman of the board of trustees.
Stanley has served on the board in various capacities for 20 years, in leadership positions for the majority of that time. In addition, he previously served as chairman of boards of The Legacy Willow Bend and The Legacy Preston Hollow–Dallas Home for Jewish Aged. Stanley was installed as chairman during the organization’s recent annual meeting, along with new trustees Charlie Corson, Seth Davidow, Cindy Moskowitz and Stephanie Prescott.
“Marc has played an instrumental role in our success over the years, and we are honored to have him serve as the chairman of the board of trustees,” said Michael Ellentuck, president and CEO of The Legacy Senior Communities. “Marc has demonstrated time and time again that he is dedicated to serving Jewish seniors. His leadership is a tremendous asset to our community and our organization.”
“We have a responsibility to nurture Jewish life at every level. My grandfather was a resident of Golden Acres, and I know firsthand the important work we do to serve Jewish seniors and their families,” said Stanley.
“We proudly provide thriving communities where Jewish seniors lead vibrant lives. I am particularly excited to serve as board chair as we build The Legacy Midtown Park, a new comprehensive care, Jewish retirement community in Dallas.”
Stanley has been very involved in service to the Jewish community for more than 30 years. He is the immediate past chairman of the National Jewish Democratic Council, former co-chair of the Foundation for Jewish Culture, and currently vice-chair of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs. In May 2011, President Barack Obama appointed him to the Council of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. He has also held various leadership positions in AIPAC, the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas, and the Jewish Community Relations Council. In the 80s, he co-founded Dallas Action for Soviet Jewry.
Stanley is the founder of Stanley Law Group, a law firm that focuses on national class actions and complex litigation. He is a former president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association and has served in many leadership roles in his legal profession. He brings a wealth of understanding about business and leadership to the board.
“We have an amazing executive staff at Legacy and are fortunate to have remarkable leaders from across our community serving on our boards and committees. It makes me very proud to work with such a talented group of people so committed to delivering an exceptional Jewish experience for seniors in our community,” said Stanley.
“I look forward to continuing on the path envisioned by our immediate past chair, Carol Aaron, and to this opportunity for service.”
More than 400 attend the J’s be. event
The annual soiree was the party of the year, while helping the organization flourish.
On Saturday, Dec. 5, the Aaron Family JCC was once again transformed into the hottest venue in North Texas for the annual be. event. More than 400 attendees enjoyed the nightclub-like atmosphere, while wearing their most chic attire and enjoying dinner, dining, dancing, cocktails, live music and amazing raffle prizes.
Be.2015 was chaired by Angela Aaron Horowitz, Linda Garner, Lisa Lieberman, Jill Tananbaum and Ellen Ungerman. Proceeds from the event will benefit The J’s year-round programming and services.
“We describe this annual fundraiser as a chance for our community to come together and ‘be past. be present. be future.,’” said Artie Allen, The J’s president. “It’s a night of genuine celebration that also raises money for the vital programs and services provided by The J.”
Raffle prizes for the event included a Las Ventanas Vacation Package (Cabo Penthouse), a $5,000 gift card, and a JCC Lifetime Membership.
In conjunction with be., The J launched a new initiative called The Giving Tree which allows for philanthropic support of the various branches of the J including fitness; Jewish life and learning; preschool, youth and teen services; seniors; tennis and gymnastics; and camp. The branches on The Giving Tree represent its departments and each leaf represents enhancements that will allow these departments to grow toward the future.