The Naples Senior Center, a nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive programs and social services for seniors, announced the appointment of Alan S. Jaffe as Chairman of the Board of Trustees. A resident of Naples, Jaffe has an extensive legal background and has supported the Naples Senior Center for several years.
Prior to his retirement, Jaffe was Chairman and Managing Partner of Proskauer Rose, a 140-year-old, New York-based law firm of 750 lawyers with 12 offices on four continents. Before being elected by his partners as the firm’s Chair, he was engaged in collective bargaining on behalf of management and in counseling clients on strategic labor and employment law considerations affecting corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Jaffe is an honors graduate of Cornell University and Columbia Law School where he was an editor of the Columbia Law Review. During his years of practice, he had long been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law and The Best Lawyers in America.
As a volunteer, Jaffe has spent more than 35 years working for a variety of charitable and social services organizations. In addition to his current service with the Naples Senior Center, he is Vice Chair of the board of directors of the Mahaiwe Performing Arts Center in Great Barrington, his northern home in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Jaffe completed two years of study and participation as a member of the Greater Naples Leadership Class XXII. During his years in New York, he held a number of volunteer positions while attending to his legal career. These include Vice Chairman of the board of the New York Legal Assistance Group; Chairman of the Educational Alliance; President of UJA-Federation of New York; and President of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York.
He also long served as an officer and member of the Executive Committee of the American Jewish Committee and the Joint Distribution Committee. Jaffe continues on many of these organizations as an emeritus board member. Jaffe also previously served as a board member of the Beth Israel Medical Center where he chaired its legal committee. Prior to becoming Chairman of his firm, he was a mayoral appointee to the boards of directors of the New York City Public/Private Initiatives Inc., New York Sports Development Corporation and Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York.
The Naples Senior Center is the only human services agency of its kind, providing “one-stop shop” services addressing the emotional and social needs of seniors in Collier and southern Lee counties. Since opening its doors in January 2014, the organization has seen
a surge in the depth and scope of need for comprehensive senior services in this region. The Naples Senior Center provides critical programs and services addressing the emotional and social needs of seniors in Collier and southern Lee counties. All services
are provided by licensed and credentialed professionals in the field of aging. They include Structured Dementia Respite Support; Geriatric Case Management and Senior Outreach Programs; and Emotional Support Services as well as a “choice” Food Pantry.
An average of 40 different social, educational and wellness programs are also offered each week thanks to a dedicated corps of more than 200 trained and vetted volunteers. Among the programs are a weekly “Lunch and More;” classes in art, music and film;
brain fitness and educational seminars; courses in computer science; physical well-being; and interest groups. The center serves everyone regardless of backgrounds and beliefs.
To accommodate future growth, the Naples Senior Center has embarked on “A New Era for Seniors” capital campaign to raise $15 million for a new state-of-the-art facility. A lead $5-million gift by local philanthropists Patty and Jay Baker puts the capital
campaign on a successful track and will inspire others to help in the cause. Additional support is being provided by the Brookdale Foundation, members of the Naples Senior Center Board and a matching grant from the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
For additional information on the Naples Senior Center and its comprehensive programs and social services for area seniors and their families, visit www.NaplesSeniorCenter.org