Ruth Stavisky remembers her involvement in the Women’s Auxiliary at Hebrew SeniorLife as a major highlight in her life. “It opened doors for me and opened my eyes to different things. I used to tell women thinking of leading the group – ‘Don’t hesitate. You will be as busy as anything for a few years, but you will look back on it, and say it was one of the best things you ever did.’”
Ruth has been involved with Hebrew SeniorLife since 1974, and served as Women’s Auxiliary President from 1980–1982. (The Women’s Auxiliary is now part of the Friends of Hebrew SeniorLife.) Ruth and her husband Norman have many family connections to HSL. Norman’s mother was a resident at Jack Satter House in Revere, and Ruth’s mother lived at Hebrew Rehabilitation Center.
Being involved as both volunteers and family members has helped the Staviskys see HSL’s work from many different perspectives. Over the years, their appreciation for HSL’s research and teaching efforts grew to the point where they recently made a $500,000 gift to the Institute for Aging Research. Their generous donation will help fund IFAR’s new Clinical Trials Unit, to speed discoveries from the bench to the bedside.
“We’re very lucky to be able to consider gifting some of our wealth to good charitable causes,” says Norman. “It’s a wonderful feeling. I can’t tell you how good I felt about this first significant contribution that we’re able to make. We also hope our gift will inspire other significant grants from private and government funders.”
The Staviskys are also pleased to set an example for their three children, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. “Our son said that he wants his children to know that these are the values our family has,” notes Ruth.
“Hebrew SeniorLife has tremendous roots and tremendous history in the community,” she continues. “I’m proud to feel very much a part of that history and the organization’s growth.”