103-year-old great-grandma throws ceremonial pitch to former Mets shortstop at Ducks Stadium

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September 7, 2016 (Commack, NY) –  Residents at Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences enjoyed a night out at the old ballgame at LI Ducks Stadium for Jewish Heritage Night, a fun family event cosponsored by Gurwin Jewish.  Headlining the event was Gurwin assisted living resident Helen Stemple, who threw out the ceremonial pitch.  A perfect example of grace under pressure, the 103-year-old great-grandmother strode calmly on to the field and lobbed a perfect pitch straight into the glove of former Mets shortstop Bud Harrelson, amid cheers of fans and friends.   The former Brooklyn Dodgers fan credited her on-the-mark toss to pregame pitching practice on the grounds of Gurwin’s Commack campus.

 

Another Gurwin resident, Golda Thaw, was celebrating her 100th birthday, and was honored with scoreboard birthday wishes as well as birthday hugs and high fives from team mascot Quackerjack, who paid a visit to the residents in attendance.  “That was something else,” she said, beaming.

 

According to Staci Rosenberg-Simons, Marketing Director at Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner
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Residences, “Baseball is one of America’s favorite pastimes, and it resonates with people of all ages.  Residents of our assisted living community don’t give up these kinds of things once they move in; they gain the opportunity to participate in all kinds of activities and trips with new friends and companions.”

 

When asked how she felt after the pitch, Stemple said it was a night she will fondly remember.  “I enjoyed throwing the pitch to Mr. Harrelson, and then watching the game with my friends.  It was just wonderful!”

 

The Gurwin Jewish ~ Fay J. Lindner Residences is an elegant 201-apartment assisted living residence located in Commack, Long Island.  Full apartments, elegant restaurant-style dining, wellness programs and fitness trail, exciting social activities, membership to the Suffolk Y, and many other amenities make life at Gurwin extraordinary, including its beautifully-landscaped, park-like grounds.  The community also offers Enriched Pathways, a 14-bed unit dedicated to the care of those with memory impairment.

 

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