Expanding on the
recent success of its shingles vaccination program for
seniors, the New York Foundation for Eldercare (NYFE) will
hold a fundraising recognition dinner to honor outstanding
advocates for care of seniors on Thursday, October 29, at
6:00 pm at The 3 West Club in New York City. The
evening will be emceed by Pat Battle, Emmy
award-winning co-anchor for NBC-TV's Weekend Today
in New York and senior New Jersey correspondent.
Dinner honorees are
Eva-Maria Tausig, Board Member and Treasurer of the
New York Foundation for Eldercare; Lorayne C. Fiorillo,
a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, where she is the
investment manager of the NYFE portfolio; and Ashley A.
Romano, a National Director of Patient Experience and
Research Development at CareRite Centers, LLC, which
operates skilled nursing facilities. Caryn Resnick,
Deputy Commissioner of the New York City Department for the
Aging, will speak at the event.
The event focuses on a shingles vaccination
program for seniors, which NYFE launched at naturally
occurring retirement communities in The Bronx, Brooklyn and
Harlem, working with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York
and the City of New York's Department for the Aging. The
two-part program features
to raise awareness of shingles
among elderly New Yorkers,
followed by vaccination
for those who sign up.
NYFE's support of this program enables
seniors to receive shingles vaccinations
free of charge.
Shingles is a viral
infection that may affect as many as one in three people and
one million people annually in the U.S. It is caused by the
chickenpox virus (varicella zoster) and causes a
painful rash that may take up to four weeks to clear up.
People with weakened immune systems, such as seniors, may
suffer even more severe cases.
Funds raised at the
NYFE recognition dinner will support the expansion of the
shingles program to additional locations in all five
"The New York
Foundation for Eldercare is delighted to recognize the
financial leadership and guidance of Eva-Maria Tausig and
Lorayne C. Fiorillo. Their thoughtful investment strategy
has enabled NYFE's endowment to grow, making it possible to
launch innovative programs such as the shingles initiative,
which we now want to expand to reach even more seniors. In
addition, we are very excited to recognize Ashley Romano for
her innovative approach to attentive care to residents of
nursing homes and their family members," said Michael F.
Tietz, President of the Foundation.
The event is
co-chaired by Gary Kennedy, MD and Marc Benhuri, DMD, and
will feature an art auction (both live and silent) of works
by more than a dozen internationally recognized artists,
including Maurice Utrillo, donated by Weinstein Gallery of
In addition, there will be a musical
performance by members of Concerts in Motion, a NYFE
grantee, whose ensembles of professional musicians and
talented youth perform uplifting live music
concerts at no charge for people in nursing homes,
hospitals, naturally occurring retirement communities,
senior residences, Veterans Administration hospitals and
other such venues, and for homebound seniors.
For reservations, please contact Tanya
Figelman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 718-261-3039 or visit the
NYFE website at www.nyfe.org.
About The New
York Foundation for Eldercare
helping seniors enjoy healthier, safer, more productive and
dignified lives, The
New York Foundation for Eldercare (NYFE)
the elderly population and Holocaust survivors in the New
York metropolitan area, especially those residing in
nursing homes or other long-term care institutions. NYFE
also directly funds a variety
of other programs that provide targeted services,
bringing caring and dignity to older New Yorkers since 1966.
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Eva-Maria Tausig is
a long-time member of the board of the New York Foundation
for Eldercare and serves as its current treasurer.
Lorayne C. Fiorillo
is a Managing Director at Wells Fargo, where she has been
the investment manager of the NYFE portfolio since 2006.
Ashley A. Romano is
a National Director of Patient Experience and Research
Development at CareRite Centers, LLC, where she created a
national team of professionals that offers personalized care
to patients and their families.