The Notables Of Miami Jewish Health Systems Raise Money For Alzheimer’s Research

June 13th, 2013 By Jackie Larena-Lacayo

MIAMI – The NOTABLES of Miami Jewish Health Systems® hosted a cocktail reception and private screening of “THE LEAP” on Thursday, April 25th at Miami Jewish Health Systems, Douglas Gardens Campus. Guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres while socializing with the producer and director of the film Yale Yang and Dr. Marc Agronin, Medical Director for Mental Health and Memory Services at Miami Jewish Health Systems, along with other executives, civic and business leaders. Producer Billy Corben of famed documentary film “Cocaine Cowboys” served as the moderator at the event. Among the attendees included NOTABLES President Abby Schaefer, Vice Presidents – Mark Bender, Fabio Nick and Hildine Potashnick and NOTABLES Executive Committee Members Rona Bartelstone, Julia Beren-Sosnick, Hollis Freimark, Hon. Judy Lusskin, Jane Kahn Jacobs, and Xiomara Umana.

Proceeds raised at the cocktail reception will benefit NOTABLES, a supportive arm of Miami Jewish Health Systems FOUNDATION, who raises funds for the Memory Center and support the progress being made against Alzheimer’s disease and memory disorders through diagnosis, research, treatment, education and compassionate care for patients, families and caregivers.

“THE LEAP” is a short film produced and directed by University of Miami graduate student Yale Yang. Filmed on the Douglas Gardens Campus, the filmmaker uses science fiction to tell the story of a physicist suffering from Alzheimer’s disease; his last memory is of an experiment gone wrong. Yang hopes that his movie will help raise awareness for the disease.

Yang, who is pursuing a Master’s degree in Fine Arts at the University of Miami Department of Cinema and Interactive Media, was inspired to write the story after seeing how his own grandfather suffered from Alzheimer’s disease following the loss of his wife. Yang’s film “LOTTO (2012)” – won Best Picture, Best Director, Best Sound Design & Best Original Score at the 15th Annual UM Canes Film Festival: (In the category of 1st year films).

Dr. Marc Agronin, Medical Director for Mental Health and Clinical Research at Miami Jewish Health Systems served as the story consultant on the project that was shown to an international audience at the World Alzheimer’s Conference in Taiwan.

About Miami Jewish Health Systems

Miami Jewish Health Systems is one of the most innovative healthcare providers in the United States. Treating more than10, 000 people annually of all ages, ethnicities and religions annually, this not-for-profit organization, formerly known as Miami Jewish Home and Hospital, offers community-based, residential and on-campus medical programs. The 73-year-old institution draws patients from across the nation and around the world for its pioneering Centers of Excellence that include: Rosomoff Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center; Brucker Biofeedback Center; Memory Center; Rehabilitation Services at Miami Jewish Health Systems’ Nursing Facility and the Program of All Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE). More information on Miami Jewish Health Systems is available at

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