Marilyn and André Danesh have been involved with Hebrew SeniorLife for many years. But it was the 2010 opening of HSL’s multigenerational campus, NewBridge on the Charles, that caused the Daneshes to think differently about the impact they could have through their philanthropy. It came at a time in their lives when Marilyn and André began thinking about their legacy, and the example they could set for their family and their community.
As an HSL Trustee and a former Board member at The Rashi School, Marilyn was thrilled to see these two organizations collaborating. Both organizations are very close to her heart, and Rashi shares a campus with NewBridge. The multigenerational approach extends through the lives of all the residents and students. Three of Marilyn and André’s grandchildren attend Rashi and take part in the programming with NewBridge.
André says, “One of the things that impressed me was seeing the relationship between the seniors and young people, and how the children learned to be compassionate.”
The Daneshes were also looking to impact life in their own Brookline community. That’s why they decided to make a $1.5 million gift to Hebrew SeniorLife. One of the buildings at Center Communities of Brookline became The Marilyn and André Danesh Family Residences at 100 Centre Street in their honor.
“The city has been good to us,” remarks André. “We didn’t have a lot of money when we moved here, and now we can support something that we believe in. I think a lot of families, especially from the Jewish community, appreciate the service that Center Communities of Brookline provides.”
Marilyn notes, “Hebrew SeniorLife is a very caring community. And the affiliation with Harvard Medical School, plus the research and teaching, means that the staff is up-to-date on the latest standards of care.”