DOROT Benefit Commemorates 37 Years of Serving the Community

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Honors DOROT Leaders and Volunteers, Includes Performance by Carole J. Bufford

We are thrilled to honor Diane Katzin, Rick Kurnit, and their daughter Katrina for their exemplary dedication and service on behalf of DOROT,” said Mark L. Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT

DOROT will celebrate 37 years of service to frail, homebound and socially isolated older adults at its annual benefit on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 in The Reading Room at The New York Academy of Medicine. Honoring Diane Katzin, Rick Kurnit and their daughter Katrina Kurnit, the occasion epitomizes DOROT’s intergenerational mission of combating social isolation among seniors by bringing the generations together for mutually beneficial relationships.

Interested in opportunities for teenagers to be directly engaged with seniors for community service projects, Diane became a staunch supporter of DOROT’s youth volunteer programs, serving on the Youth Advisory Board and securing critical funding for those programs. She engaged her family in volunteer service, participating in Holiday Package Deliveries and the Thanksgiving Banquet as a unit, which spurred them to volunteer as individuals as well. Rick Kurnit, a media lawyer, has been teaching classes on DOROT’s teleconference program, University Without Walls, since 2001, when Diane joined the Board of Directors. Katrina Kurnit helped launch Next Generation, DOROT’s Teen Leadership Council, which mobilizes younger generations to improve the lives of older adults. Graduating seniors who are members of Next Generation will also be honored at the event.

DOROT’s 37th Annual Spring Benefit is co-chaired by Renée Adler Ascher and Michael Frankfurt, and will feature a performance by Carole J. Bufford, described by The New York Times as “most likely to succeed… among the younger generation of New York cabaret performers.”

“We are thrilled to honor Diane Katzin, Rick Kurnit, and their daughter Katrina for their exemplary dedication and service on behalf of DOROT,” said Mark L. Meridy, Executive Director of DOROT. “Diane has brought fresh perspectives and sharp insights to our organization for over 16 years, engaging her family and friends in programs that mobilize younger volunteers to keep isolated older adults connected to a caring community. Diane, Rick and Katrina exemplify DOROT’s intergenerational mission.”

The DOROT Benefit will take place at The New York Academy of Medicine, 1216 Fifth Avenue in New York City.

Since 1976, DOROT has worked to alleviate social isolation among the elderly and provide services to help them live independently as valued members of the community. We serve the Jewish and wider community, bringing the generations together in a mutually beneficial partnership of elders, volunteers and professionals.

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