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April 24, 2015  RSS feed
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Masked Ball to celebrate Menorah Manor’s 30 years

A display of some of the 81 celebrity-signed, artist-decorated masks that will be auctioned off at the Masked Ball. A display of some of the 81 celebrity-signed, artist-decorated masks that will be auctioned off at the Masked Ball. Since opening in 1985, Menorah Manor has amassed some incredible statistics: 1.7 million days of care to residents at its three facilities; 5.1 million kosher meals served.

Menorah Manor will celebrate those 30 years of service to the Jewish community with a Masked Ball on Sunday, May 17, at the St. Petersburg Coliseum, featuring dinner, dancing to live music, cocktails and a silent auction of artist-decorated masks signed by celebrities.

“The staff at Menorah Manor and our fabulous committee worked as a team, had fun doing it, and hopefully has created an event to remember,” said Susie Berman, chair of the ball.

The band Hologram will provide the music at the anniversary gala and there will be a short video by Jay Gross, but the evening’s highlight is expected to be the silent auction of the one-of-a-kind masks.

Susie Berman is chair of Menorah Manor’s 30th Anniversary Masked Ball. Susie Berman is chair of Menorah Manor’s 30th Anniversary Masked Ball. The ball committee has spent two years gathering signatures on the masks, winding up with 81 signed and artist-decorated masks plus an additional 13 decorated, but unsigned ones. Among the celebrity mask signatories are Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; singers Joan Baez. Neil Sedaka, Johnny Mathis, Reba McEntire, Edgar Winter and John Mellencamp; actors Henry Winkler and Sally Kellerman; Tampa Bay Rays’ Evan Longoria, local television news crews and community leaders.

Emceeing the event and leading the auction will be Jason Alpert, son of Menorah Manor’s first president, Barry Alpert.

Menorah Manor’s history dates back to the early 1980s when a group of community leaders came together with a dream: to create a home on the West Coast of Florida that would care for our Jewish seniors.

In 1985, the dream became a reality with the opening of the Bernard L. Samson Nursing Center in St. Petersburg on property adjacent to Congregation B’nai Israel and Philip Benjamin Tower, a Jewish-supported senior apartment building.

In 1998, the nursing center was expanded to add more programs and services, including the opening of the Irv Weissman Adult Day Center and the Toby Weinman Alzheimer’s Care Village.

In 2003, The Toby Weinman Assisted Living Residence opened next door to the Samson Nursing Center to offer another level of care.

Then for the first time, the Menorah Manor community expanded outside St. Petersburg, opening The Inn on the Pond assisted living community in 2012 on property where the Golda Meir-Kent Jewish Center once stood.

The gala begins at 5 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Tickets are $180 per person and sponsorships begin at $1,800 and include two tickets. Both can be purchased online at or by calling the Menorah Manor Foundation at (727) 302-3888.

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