Baha'i Toby Emanuel profiled among others
Column with a Hart Eleanor Hart "To know how to grow old is the master master work of wisdom and one of the most difficult chapters in the great art of INing: INing: Henri Amiel, Swiss philosopher. I find it significant Hart that three of the five winners of WTV,I Channel 4's Jefferson Awards program, honoring citizens who have worked to improve the quality quality of life in and for the community consistently consistently without fanfare and remuneration, remuneration, are senior citizens. Recognition of Toby Emanuel, O. Mabel "Mame" Hunter Rea Bennett, 78, and Dr. Benjamin G. Forman. 73, will be made, with the other two winners, Lee Klein and Marilyn Reed, at a dinner Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Sonesta Beach Hotel, Key Biscayne. Chosen from more than 700 nominees submitted by the public in February, each will receive a bronze medallion featuring a replica of the seal of the United States. And all are, eligible for the national prize of $1,000 and the national national Jefferson Award, to be given in the chambers of the United States Supreme Supreme Court in Washington this sum-Rey. sum-Rey. sum-Rey. National sponsor of the program is the American Institute for Public Service, Service, chaired by Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and Sen. Robert Taft. Samuel S. Beard, former associate of the late Robert Robert Kennedy, is president and founder. Who are these illustrious five and what have they done? TOBY EMANUEL was instrumental In establishing the first facility for children children suffering from rhtiniatic fever, the National Children's Cardiac Home, in 1938 in a rented house on Miami Beach. Her sun, Victor, whose illness brought the family here from New York in search of a warm climate, was the first patient. (Later locations were on Brickell Avenue and in Coral Gables. In 1941 the home was moved into a new building at Hagler Street and Le Jenne Road and staffed professionally. Present 'location for the facility, now known as the National Children's Cardiac Hospital which treats children with acute heart disorders, is 1475 NW 12th Ave., part of the University of Miami Medical School Jackson Memorial Hospital complex). "Hers was a deed of valor for which she was never given credit," says her daughter, Grace O'Donald, who nominated nominated her mother'. "She is truly one of the unsung heroines of the area." MABEL "MAME" BUNTER REA BENNETT is the harling of the migrant workers. Through her involvement with the High School Equivalency Program (REP) of the University of Miami, scores of promising young migrants have earned a high school diploma, gone to college, found jobs. A relentless collector, collector, she finds and solicits discards furniture, clothing, kitchenware, for her families in need. She has been a volunteer volunteer since 1968 when the program was funded on the UM campus and she offered her services as a sewing instructor. instructor. DR. BENJAMIN G. FORMAN, who lost his sight in 1961, is on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week for the Center for the Blind in Fort Lauderdale, which he started on a shoestring after his arrival arrival in Lauderhill in 1972. The former scientist, chemical engineer and microelectronic microelectronic consultant with National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) before his world( went dark, has never retired, just shifted his priorities. "All my energy and the rest of my life dedicate to blindness." LEE KLEIN is some kind of angel to the hundreds of children going to the Deed Club Children's Cancer Clinic for chemotherapy each week. "tier love for children continually heals broken little hearts and comforts doubting little minds," says a father whose sevenyear-old sevenyear-old sevenyear-old sevenyear-old son is one of "her children," The clinic, under her directorship for the past 14 years, accepts the financial responsibility for each child's medical care, thus eliminating the debilitating reality of not being able to afford cost IV medical procedures. She donates evcry Tuesday and Friday to the clinic and is always On call for any emotional problem problem parents have. NIARILYN REED is I he (11 ironmcntalist ironmcntalist whose name is synonymous with the fight to preserve Biscayne Bay and other natural resources in bade County. Most recently she was a member of the Biscayne Bay Aquatic Preserve Task Force on which she worked endlessly toward promulgating acceptable rules for the proper management of the bay. The words of one of her nominators sums up her feats best: "There is a saying, saying, 'Everyone admires and loves the shade and fruit of the trees, but few take care of its the roots.' Marilyn has carefully and loyally tended the roots so that we and generations to come tnay enjoy the special beauty of our unique area." ANOTHER GRAY PANTHERS chapter chapter is being formed. This one will meet on the third Saturday of the month at 10 a.m. at Immanuel I utheran Church. 1770 Brickell Ave., says Elena 'errs-chaff, 'errs-chaff, 'errs-chaff, GP activist. The first meeting of the new bade County unit will he June 21 with Dr. Edith Lord, professor emeri Three who are growing old with grace, honor Ills of the University of Miami, discussing discussing -Mental -Mental Health for the Aging." There is a real need for a chapter in North Miami, adds lierrschatt. ,Anyone interested in forming a group there should call her at 446-7030. 446-7030. 446-7030. LOW-FAT LOW-FAT LOW-FAT COOKERY will be the focus of a cardiac nutrition workshop June 23 at 10 a.m. at Parkway General Hospital, 160 NW 170th St., North Miami Beach. Mary Tarantino, registered registered thelitian, will talk about the need tor dietary modification for person with cardiac history and show a short film "Diet and Your Heart." Menu with recipes and free samples will be distributed, distributed, and there will be a question and answer period. The program is tree and open to the public. THOSE GOLDEN YLARS. Happy 52nd annivcrsary to George and Thelma Kegelmever of Coral Gables. June 19. And happy 50th birthday, June 14, to Philip Bloom whose wife. Elaine, former former member Of the Florida House of Representatives and now talk host on WKAT radio, says: "He is truly worthy of a Super Spouse award. His encouragement encouragement sent me out into the community community while his support and acceptance of some of my former responsibilities made it possible for me to serve in public public office and help my community. His encouragement has given me and our children confidence to 'do our thing', while his stature has grown, too." If you would like a Super Spouse certificate. certificate. send names and date to be remembered remembered with large. self-addressed. self-addressed. self-addressed. stamped envelope to f kanor Hart. The Miami News, P. Box 615, Miami, 33152. This column welcomes information information about the senior community and guestions of geneful interest.