The JGS Lifecare 40th Annual Frankel-Kinsler Classic Day of Tournaments, held on August 16th at Twin Hills Country Clun in Longmeadow, raised over $115,000 to support senior care at The Leavitt Family Jewish Home, Ruth’s House Assisted Living, Sosin Center for Rehabilitation, Wernick Adult Day Health Care, Spectrum Home Health and Hospice Care, and Genesis House. With over 200 guests in attendance, the event honored the memory of Seymour Frankel, who passed away on December 31st. Frankel, a stellar volunteer, was a founder of the Classic in 1981 – named originally for the Raymond and Herman Kinsler families and later for Frankel’s son Michael, a past Chairman of the JGS Board who died suddenly in 2013 at age 49.
“We’re overwhelmed by the tremendous show of support from businesses and individuals throughout Western Massachusetts, said director of development Susan Halpern. “Event proceeds will enrich programming and services for the more than 400 people cared for each day across the JGS Lifecare family of services, as well as support staff skill and career advancement through the funding of educational scholarships.”
Tournament Co-chair Jeff Grodsky underscored his great-uncle Seymour’s contributions: “He worked tirelessly for this organization and a number of organizations in town, and he touched everyone in a special way.” Past Board Chairman, Attorney Stephen Krevalin, paid tribute to Frankel who, “shared an abiding and passionate commitment to care for our needy and our elderly, and in particular the Jewish Nursing Home of Western Massachusetts, now JGS Lifecare. The creation of the Kinsler golf classic 40 years ago was an incredibly important step to help us not only raise significant funds but also share our compelling story with so many. And while the Kinsler tournament raised countless funds for JGS, it is but a small fraction of the contribution and ultimate legacy of Seymour Frankel.”
Krevalin concluded, “In the Jewish tradition, we ask that the memory of the deceased be a blessing. There is no question that Seymour Frankel’s life was truly a blessing.”
After a touching photo slideshow, Past Board Chair Sue Kline presented an original poem highlighting Frankel’s many contributions — a particularly fitting tribute to a man known for penning poems on every special occasion. View the tribute slide show and poem at https://jgslifecare.org/frankel-kinsler-highlights. Israel Schepps awarded tournament prizes and Richard Halpern announced raffle winners.
Event sponsors include The Albert & Judith Goldberg Family Foundation; Harry Grodsky & Co, Inc.; The Lynn D. and Gilbert A. Haberman Family Fund at the Jewish Endowment Foundation, a division of the Jewish Federation of Western MA – on behalf of the Haberman, Katz, Webber families and Kittredge Equipment Co.; Steve and Georgianne Roberts; HUB Retirement & Wealth Management formerly Epstein Financial Services; Berkshire Bank; Alekman DiTusa LLC; Century Investment; CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP; Donna, Emma & Joely Frankel; Kaste Industrial Machine Sales, Inc.; Nancy, Jim, Jesse & Ben Pelletier; NEFCO; and ProCare LTC Pharmacy.
For a full list of supporters and to view photos of the picture-perfect day visit https://jgslifecare.org/frankel-kinsler-highlights.
“As an organization whose majority of funding comes through Medicaid, the Frankel-Kinsler Classic is an enormously successful and fun way for us to engage the community to help provide fiscal resources for us to maintain our quality of care and enrich our programming,” commented Susan Halpern, director of development.
2021 Frankel-Kinsler Classic Golf Tournament Champions:
Congratulations to all of our winners!
- Low Gross – Vincent Guardioni, Anthony Guardioni, K. Cunningham, Jeff Denault
- 2nd Gross – Kevin Green, Darryl Beech, Dave Tabin, Dave Oleksak
- Low Net – Mark Katz, Jerry Schreibstein, Andy Zolator, Ben Falk
- 2nd Net – Ryan Alekman, Rob DiTusa, Corrine Syson, Phil Phillips
- 3rd Net – David Ference, Joe Gozzi, Bruce Devlin, Mike Quinn
- Closest to the Pin – (hole 3) John Enos; (hole 9) John Enos; (hole 13) Darryl Beech; (hole 18) Susanne Osofsky
- Longest Drive – (hole 11) Scott Killyanski and Corrine Syson
- Straightest Drive – (hole 5) Charlie Epstein
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