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 Jefferson's Ferry Monte Carlo Night Fundraising Gala Planned for September 23
Jamie and Maria Lavin to be honored with Humanitarian Award



South Setauket, NY…July , 2017 … In what has become an eagerly anticipated yearly tradition, Jefferson's Ferry Life Plan Retirement Community is getting in gear for its 14th Annual Monte Carlo Night fundraiser in support of the Jefferson's Ferry Foundation. Monte Carlo Night is an extravaganza of fabulous food, music, and Monte Carlo-style casino games that draws an enthusiastic crowd of Jefferson's Ferry residents, friends, families and other supporters of the Life Plan Community. The Jefferson's Ferry Foundation was primarily established to assist residents and employees in times of need through its Resident Assistance Fund, and will occasionally provide funding for capital projects that benefit the community. Monte Carlo Night is the Jefferson's Ferry Foundation's largest fundraising event, and hosts about 250 people each year. Revenue from ticket sales, games and raffles will directly benefit the Resident Assistance Fund.

The Resident Assistance Fund adds an extra layer of security to Jefferson's Ferry's Life Plan promise, covering the monthly fees of residents who have outlived their assets or experience an unanticipated financial need through no fault of their own. The Resident Assistance Fund plays a welcome and critical role at Jefferson's Ferry.

"We've found that on occasion, even with the best financial planning, a resident may find it difficult to make ends meet," said Bob Caulfield, President and CEO of Jefferson's Ferry. "The Resident Assistance Fund was established to protect the peace of mind that our lifestyle offers residents. We are grateful for the generous support of so many friends and families both within and outside the community that keeps the fund and other activities of the Foundation viable." The evening's festivities will also include the presentation of the Humanitarian of the Year Award, a prestigious honor given to those philanthropic leaders in the senior services community who exhibit tremendous commitment, selflessness and long-term dedication to helping others. This year, Jamie and Maria Lavin, who own and operate the Hauppauge office of Home Instead Senior Care will receive the Humanitarian of the Year Award in recognition of their many caring contributions to seniors and their families in the Long Island community.

Helping seniors is something that has always come naturally to Jamie, whose parents ran a 55+ community in Suffolk County. He worked in all aspects of the business while in high school and college. Later, with a Hofstra Law degree and Master of Laws in Taxation from NYU, Jamie spent his early career at a Manhattan law firm while Maria held a management position at a global market research firm, also in Manhattan. When Maria's grandmother's health started to fail in 2007, the couple saw firsthand the tremendous repercussions of having a loved one who needs help. By 2008 they had both switched careers and opened their Home Instead Senior Care office. In their new roles, Jamie and Maria not only provide home care for seniors and families in need; they are deeply committed to events that support research into Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia and programs that offer respite for caregivers. Jamie and Maria are longtime sponsors of Day Haven's Caregiver Day of Renewal, which is hosted each year by Jefferson's Ferry. The Day of Renewal offers on-site day care to relieve caretakers of their responsibilities and treats them to a program of relaxation, camaraderie and helpful information. The Lavins are valued as speakers on a variety of topics associated with seniors by non-profit organizations including the Alzheimer's Association of Long Island. Their Home Instead Senior Care office has raised thousands of dollars in support of the Alzheimer's Association of Long Island and Jamie currently facilitates a Caregiver Support Group. He also serves on the Steering Committee for its 2017 Caregiver Conference.

Thank you, Jamie and Maria for your contributions to both Jefferson's Ferry and the larger Long Island community!

For more information and tickets, please contact Kaylin Peterson at 631-675-5507.

About Jefferson's Ferry ( Jefferson's Ferry is a not-for-profit Life Plan retirement community for active adults age 62 and above, with cottages, apartments, assisted living, and a quality health care center all on one site. Located in South Setauket, a vibrant community along Long Island's north shore, Jefferson's Ferry is surrounded by various attractions, shopping, beaches, theaters, and a world-renowned university. Jefferson's Ferry offers exceptional living and amenities, including restaurants, fitness center, indoor pool, computer center, library, recreational areas, gardens, and gazebos. A mix of cultural excursions, civic activities, and a community of residents who participate in shaping Jefferson's Ferry's future, ensures a spirited and engaged lifestyle.

Jefferson's Ferry recently received two Bethpage Best of Long Island Awards for the third year in a row as voted by Long Islanders, for Best Retirement Community and Best Assisted Living, is the recipient of multiple Healthcare Hero Awards, and has been regularly recognized by HIA-LI for Outstanding Achievement in Business.


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