- 2018 Posts
- Caregiver Specialist Heather Resnick on Caregiver Support
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren
- Center Launches North Shore Senior Options
- On Blindness, Alzheimer's and Love
- Shared Vision: Winnetka Congregational Church Woman's Society Benevolence Committee
- Protecting Seniors and Adults with Disabilities: Adult Protective Services
- A Jack of All Trades: Al Davis
- Family Tradition: Gone Fishin'
- Dedicated Volunteer: Fern Kamen
- Generous Soul: Mitchell Slotnick
- Assessing the Older Adult Members of your Family
- Giving Back: Fay Goldblatt
- Adult Protective Services (APS) Program Benefits from Shamrock Shindig
- Humble Beginnings: Bobbi Halloran
+ 2017 Posts
- Arts and Crafts at the Center
- #GivingTuesday at North Shore Senior Center
- Leisure Time Well Spent - Daytrips at the Center
- New Advisory Council Formed
- Playreading with Vivian Mitchel
- North Shore Senior Center's Foundation Board
- Wills vs. Trusts
- Joan Golder Distinguished Senior Lecture Series showcased actor Mike Nussbaum
- 20/20 Corporate Campaign
- Functional Fitness: Training for Everyday Life
- Benefits of Pet Therapy for People with Memory Loss
- Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Benefit from Oktoberfest
- Small Screen Big Stars: Oh What a Night!
- Sharing a Common Thread
- Helping You Make Informed Choices for Care
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Distinguished Community Partner
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Dedicated Corporation
- 2017 Janet Burgoon Philanthropic Excellence Award for Outstanding Philanthropist
- Special Needs Trusts
- Gifts in Kind Increase the Center's Impact
- Enrich your Life with Lifelong Learning
- A Little TLC Goes a Long Way
- PEARLS: Reducing Symptoms of Depression Home-based Counseling Services Available
- Big Stars to Chair Annual Benefit
- Evanston Community Foundation
- Million Dollar Round Table Foundation
- Super Senior Day
- New Physical Therapy Services Now Available at North Shore Senior Center!
- Stroke Prevention Tips
- Why Powers of Attorney are Important to You!
- Get Expert Help with Your Tax Returns
- North Shore Senior Center Awarded Gold Status for Philanthropic Efforts
- Fitness as a Goal for Life
- Men's Club Offers Unique Programs to Community
- Spread the Love at North Shore Senior Center
- Jean Griswold Foundation supports House of Welcome Adult Day Services
- "I think a hero is any person really intent on making this a better place for people." - Maya Angelou
- "A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength, but by the strength of his heart." - Zeus from Hercules
- Winter Safety and Health Tips
- "A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself." - Joseph Campbell
- A Granddaughter's Love for her Grandmother
- Six Things to Consider Before Making Gifts to Grandchildren
- Lending Closet for Durable Medical Equipment at North Shore Senior Center
- Seniors Can Save Lives by Donating Blood
+ 2016 Posts
- Lifelong Learning Catalog Wins International Award for Best Brochure
- Life Stories are Gifts that Keep on Giving
- Visiting Aging Parents During the Holidays
- Edna Weber Garden of Light Wing at the House of Welcome
- Learn More About What Makes This World Tick
- 60 Years of Service: Advocacy
- 60 Years of Service: Compassion
- Myrna and John Cruikshank, III: Steady and Committed Philanthropists
- Kenilworth United Fund: Longstanding, Civic-Minded Community Partner
- Radford Green at Sedgebrook: Dedicated Corporation and Vested Supporter
- Simple Tips to Improve Your Balance
- 60 Years of Service: Creativity
- Daily Money Management Fosters Peace of Mind
- Opportunities for Learning, Exploring, and Connecting
- The Edna Weber "Garden of Light" Wing
- Protecting Vulnerable Seniors: Adult Protective Services Promotes Quality of Life
- Top Ten Reasons Why Older Adults Continue to Work
- Super Seniors We Admire!
- Scams and Fraud: Protect Yourself
- The State's Devastating Impact on Our Budget
- North Shore Senior Center Southern Hub Moves to Niles
- Alzheimer's Family Support Group
- Evanston Support Group for Family Caregivers
- Family Caregiver Support Group in Skokie
+ 2015 Posts
- Music + Dance + Dialogue = A Musical!
- Flex and Strengthen Your Muscles
- Generous & Caring Corporate Citizen
- More Than Service and Fellowship
- Art Gallery a "Hidden Gem" at North Shore Senior Center
- Sound Off on Hearing Loss
- Making Sense of American Poltics
- Fitness Center Enhances More Than Muscle Strength
- Virtual View of Art: From the Basics to Specialties
- Social Connections are a Key to Successful Aging
- North Shore Senior Center Celebrates Super Seniors!
- Super Senior Spotlight
- What is a Senior Center?
- MDRT Foundation Aids Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Program
- Social Worker Reaches Out to Seniors in Need
- How to Achieve Your Healthiest Brain Yet
- AmazonSmile: Your Online Shopping Can Help NSSC!
+ 2014 Posts
NSSC Member Continues to InspireApril 01, 2014
Mel Frankel loved North Shore Senior Center. When he passed away unexpectedly in July of 2009, a bequest to NSSC was made through his estate. Mel wanted his gift to support the Center’s Lifelong Learning programs, and the House of Welcome’s day services programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease.
Everyone knew that philanthropy and education were very important to Mel. What many of us never knew, though, was that Mel’s senior years in Lincolnwood were a stark contrast to his childhood.
Born in 1923 in Yale, Oklahoma, Mel Frankel spent his early youth in Oklahoma and Texas, living through Dust Bowl years of the Great Depression. When Mel was six years old, his father was shot and killed during a robbery of the family’s small haberdashery store. This act of violence left Mel, his mother, and his one-year-old brother Jerry alone to fend for themselves.
The tragedy was not enough to stop Mel.
He helped his mother raise his younger brother (who today is a retired Chicago physician), and eventually earned an engineering degree from the University of Oklahoma.
After serving in the Army in World War II, Mel settled in Chicago, where he met Phyllis Landerman. They were married in 1949. With a young wife to support, Mel joined Chicago's Levin Bros. Paper Corporation as a salesman. The business world proved to be another challenge that wouldn’t slow Mel down. He enjoyed a distinguished career with Levin Bros., rising to president of the company before it was sold in the late 1980s.
Married for more than 55 years, Mel and Phyllis had two children. Mel was determined to give his son, Steve, and daughter, Alisa, the advantages he had not enjoyed as a boy. Today, Steve Frankel is a partner in the San Francisco office of law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP, and Alisa Kannett is a Chicago-based interior designer.
Illness would not deter Mel, either. When Phyllis was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, Mel spent more than a decade caring for her prior to her passing in 2006. During these difficult years, Mel turned to NSSC for support and advice about how he could best care for Phyllis.
Those of us at North Shore Senior Center who knew Mel Frankel remember him as a cheerful man who enjoyed the Tuesday Men’s Club meetings, the computer classes, the lectures, and the various outings the Center sponsored.
Mel Frankel was unstoppable. Through his bequest, he continues to show us that he simply would not be deterred from doing what he thought was important. We are all grateful for his friendship and his generosity.
A gift such as the one Mel Frankel made supports the highest quality of care and services to our growing senior population. For more information about how you might be able to help North Shore Senior Center, contact Jon Labaschin, Associate Director of Major Gifts, at 847.784.6020 or firstname.lastname@example.org.