March 2020 -- Adar-Nisan 5780,  Volume 26, Issue 3

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6th Annual “Eight Over Eighty”

Benefit Gala

At its 6th annual Eight Over Eighty benefit gala, nearly 500 business and philanthropic leaders, influencers, older adult advocates, and cultural patrons joined The New Jewish Home in a celebration of eight exceptional individuals who personify the value of aging well into their 80s as they continue to blaze trails.


The event at the Ziegfeld Ballroom on Wednesday March 4, hosted by David Remnick, editor of The New Yorker, raised $1 million to support The New Jewish Home, a comprehensive nonprofit health care system serving 10,000 older adults of all faiths and ethnicities each year.


This year’s honorees include: real estate entrepreneur and philanthropist Harold Grinspoon; The New Jewish Home’s longstanding therapeutic recreation aide Marie Holley; first female governor of Vermont Madeleine Kunin; private equity investor and bibliophile Sid Lapidus; Global Ambassador for American Jewish World Service and former Manhattan Borough President Ruth Messinger (in photo); renowned urban developer and essayist Daniel Rose; and acclaimed author and humorist Calvin Trillin.


Honoree Tao Porchon-Lynch, who passed away on February 21, 2020 at 101, was, among many other things, the world’s oldest yoga teacher per the Guinness World Records. Her video vignette made for an especially poignant moment of the evening as she was remembered for a life of meaning and purpose, a woman whose joie de vivre inspired countless others.


Dr. Jeffrey Farber, President and CEO of The New Jewish Home said, “I am honored to be in the company of our 2020 Eight Over Eighty honorees, indefatigable men and women who have made their mark in every facet of New York life. Whether their calling is real estate, business, politics, government, social justice, journalism, philanthropy or wellness, the fullness of their lives is an inspiration. And I can think of no one better than the late Tao Porchon-Lynch to exemplify what it means to age like a New Yorker and live your best life while doing it.”


Members of the Eight Over Eighty Gala Committee include Lisa Lippman and Ben Finkelstein, Winnie and Steven Grinspoon, Susan and David Haas, Himan Brown Charitable Trust, Judy and Michael Luskin, Nancy and Morris Offit, Tamar Remz, Marcia Riklis, Klara and Larry Silverstein and Diane Troderman.