Hebrew SeniorLife announces $1.5 million gift from Brookline residents Marilyn and André Danesh
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Building at Center Communities of Brookline will become The Marilyn and André Danesh Family Residences at 100 Centre Street in their honor

BOSTON— Hebrew SeniorLife (HSL), the largest provider of senior health care and communities in New England and an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, has received a $1.5 million gift from Marilyn and André Danesh. The gift will name Center Communities of Brookline’s 100 Centre Street building The Marilyn and André Danesh Family Residences at 100 Centre Street. Center Communities of Brookline, which is part of HSL, is a mixed-income senior supportive living community.

“The town of Brookline has been very good to us,” said André, who is a real estate investor and president of Allied Financial Corporation, a privately-owned investment firm. “We wanted to do something that would have an impact on our local community, the Jewish community, and a cause that we care deeply about. We believe strongly in HSL’s leadership and their ability to change the lives of older people.”

The Daneshes’ gift will be used across the entire HSL continuum to fund its health care, communities, research, and teaching. Every day, HSL serves more than 3,000 seniors of all faiths and income levels in the Greater Boston area.

“Marilyn and André are true leaders,” said Lou Woolf, President and CEO of HSL. “Thanks to their generosity, HSL will be able to improve its ability to help seniors live their best life in the best place. Donors like the Daneshes allow us to develop, implement, and share innovative approaches to caring for seniors.”

“Hebrew SeniorLife is a very caring community,” said Marilyn, a retired Brookline Public Schools French teacher. “The quality of the staff, collaboration with Harvard Medical School, research and teaching efforts, and multigenerational programs all work together to make HSL a unique organization that is helping so many seniors and their families.”

The Daneshes have been HSL supporters for more than 20 years. Marilyn is an HSL Trustee and a member of the Friends of Hebrew SeniorLife (formerly the Women’s Auxiliary) and the HSL Hospice Care Visiting Committee.

Center Communities of Brookline is home to 581 residents. The community offers independent apartment-style living with amenities including onsite dining, medical care, fitness and wellness programming, 24/7 security, and community activities. CCB serves seniors of all income levels, with market rate and federally-subsidized apartments available. For more information about CCB, visit

About Hebrew SeniorLife

Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the non-profit, non-sectarian organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit, follow us on Twitter @H_SeniorLife, like us on Facebook or read our blog.