While serving on the board of the Queens Museum, I got to know one of the members, Seth Kupferberg, and his wife, Tracey. She was honored by the Yellow Rose Society, an organization that provides critical services for people with Alzheimer’s disease. It was my pleasure to be there to cheer for her at the Garden City Hotel luncheon.
Tracey introduced me to Denise Silverberg, who founded the Yellow Rose Society.
It was 11 years ago that Denise’s mom, “Tootsie,” an energetic, dynamic sculptor, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As her memory began to fail so did her spirits, and Denise felt she needed to take action and get the appropriate help for her mom. Sadly, she couldn’t find an acceptable program.
Fortunately she did not give up and a friend at the Sid Jacobson JCC suggested she visit their Friendship Circle, a program for people with Alzheimer’s. The program served Tootsie well, with her spirits soaring once again, but the program was offered only four days a week.
Denise met other caretakers who desperately needed more days to be able to work and have a safe place for their loved ones. She went into action. To help her mom and the other families in need, she reached out to her friends, whose generosity enabled the JCC to expand its program to five days. The Yellow Rose Society was born.
Now, the programs have expanded and a unique one has been created. It serves people with early onset dementia, all under 65 and not eligible for funding. It is now supported by the group.
But Denise has hopes that funding can be found and has become a tireless advocate.
Seeing her caring, sensitive and knowledgeable pursuit of programs that will offer others what she was able to do for her mother, a life of living with dignity with Alzheimer’s will be accomplished. She’s unstoppable. How fortunate for all the people suffering from this disease — and their families, too!
So it was an honor to wear a yellow rose at the fundraising luncheon honoring Tracey and the Kupferberg Family Foundation and Denise Silverberg, the founder.
WIN held a winning night at the Waldorf
At the Friars Club, taken there by my friend Rhona Silver, a longtime member, I met a remarkable woman, Charlotte Prince. For years, she has been involved with WIN, an organization that provides housing for homeless women. She invited me to their annual gala at the Waldorf Astoria.
I was impressed to learn the depth of help they give to women who find themselves homeless. The apartments are available throughout the city, allowing the women and their families to live in dignity until they can stand on their own.
The sold-out gala raised over $3 million a remarkable success in these challenging fundraising days. It speaks highly of the power of WIN.
Charlotte King (r.) and her daughter.
Channel 5 anchor Steve Lacey with author Pat Moffett.
LIC Arts Open connects to the LIC Flea
As a devoted LIC Flea fan, I was delighted that the Plaxall family, owners of the property of the flea, opened their contiguous indoor space for the LIC Arts Open to feature several artists. I was so happy to see their unique work with LIC friend Alan Capper who after a heart operation had come home from rehab to celebrate his lovely daughter’s birthday.
We both were impressed by the eclectic mix of art filling the large open space. I for one was totally taken by the hand-painted F430 Ferrari sitting in the center of the “gallery” as the star it should be.
The car was designed in collaboration with NYC graffiti artist John “Crash” Matos and Joe “ Mac” of Martino Auto Concepts. It’s a joint effort between the artist and automotive legend Joe LaPadula. We were treated to this extraordinarily luxurious car enhanced by world-class artistry.
The LIC Arts Open has closed, but the LIC Flea is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Join me there.
Ferrari at LIC Arts Open.