“Art is for people to share and enjoy.”—JCHE Brighton Resident and Artist Yong Xin Zhao.
And so it was at the 2016 JCHE Gala and Auction celebrating “The Art of Community.”
We were so pleased to have over 400 friends of the JCHE join us for this special evening! Thanks to our sponsors, table hosts, ticket purchasers and bidders, the evening was a huge success, raising funds towards programs and services that enrich the lives of our residents.
Our silent auction featured the artwork of our residents – and their moving stories. Many of the artists joined us for the event, and our guests had the chance to meet them and learn about their fascinating lives.
Thanks to Artists for Humanity, guests participated in the creation of two large canvases that captured the spirit of JCHE. The paintings will be on rotation at our 4 campuses.
Aviva Sapers and Judith Sydney received heartfelt honors for their commitment to making our community a better place. In their moving acceptance speech, they stressed that no organization treats seniors like the treasure they are better than JCHE.
JCHE President and CEO Amy Schectman pointed to the urgency of finding ways to meet the needs of a rapidly growing senior population and how JCHE is leading the way not just in providing affordable housing, but in guaranteeing affectionate and supportive care for older Americans.
And Clara Marton, JCHE Resident Services Coordinator, delivered a moving tribute to JCHE’s Aging in Community model. Speaking with passion, Clara eloquently laid out how JCHE staff connect with residents on an intimately personal level. “They open up to us because they look at us as family,” Clara summed up, before leaving us with a beautiful visual of waltzing with a Brighton resident.
Lucky participants in our live auction and raffle won great prizes, including the best seats in the house for Broadway’s hottest ticket, Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 starring music sensation Josh Groban, 4 lower bowl seats on the 50-yard line at Gillette Stadium for the Patriots vs. Rams game, a 7-night stay for up to 8 people in a gorgeous 4-bedroom/3-bath home in Provincetown overlooking the harbor, and much more!
Thanks to everyone who joined us to support JCHE’s vision: A world where all older adults live a full life, full of connection and purpose in a dynamic, supportive environment.
Here are some pictures from the evening.