Her Gift Is a Lasting Legacy
When Dorothy Graff and her husband Sy attended their first Master Series lecture more than 25 years ago, little did they know that a single afternoon class would turn into an enduring legacy at the Pasadena Senior Center.
Upon seeing the important work of the Center, Dorothy and Sy wanted to get involved. Dorothy became a volunteer with the Social Services Department and served as a Senior Advocate. She was a regular presence in the Center's lobby, visiting with people waiting for social services, and calling homebound seniors to check in on their well-being. "We gave out things and told people where to get stuff!" she said. Sy became a member of the Center and, ultimately, President of the Center's Board of Directors.
But their legacy continued beyond their volunteer efforts. The Graffs also understood that a healthy mind and body were critical to maintaining a better quality of life. To help seniors in need, they donated generously to the Center's social service programs as a way to assist those experiencing financial and emotional difficulties. Next, they generously underwrote the costs of strength training and exercise equipment for the Center's fitness center thus providing physical and wellness benefits to countless seniors for many years to come. After Sy's passing in 1998, the Center's Board of Directors renamed the fitness center in his memory.
"Dorothy Graff had an enthusiasm for life, and her commitment to people less fortunate has helped the Pasadena Senior Center immensely," said Akila Gibbs, the Center's Executive Director. "Because of Dorothy and other individual donors and foundations, adults 50 and older, whether they are low-income or not, have access to an incredible array of programs and services that enhance physical, social, emotional, and economic well-being."
When Dorothy passed away in April 2015, the Center's staff was deeply saddened over the loss of one of their greatest advocates. Many who were touched by her generosity made financial gifts to the Center in her name. The Center will be forever grateful to the Graffs, whose kindness strengthened the Center and benefited seniors in meaningful ways. Their legacy will continue for many years to come.
Including the Pasadena Senior Center in your estate plans is a meaningful way to create your legacy while helping us achieve our mission of engaging, enriching and empowering seniors. For more information about legacy giving opportunities, contact Pam Kaye, Senior Associate Director of Development, at (626) 685-6756 or firstname.lastname@example.org.