The Cedars Auxiliary
Founded in 1927, The Cedars Auxiliary is a group of dynamic women and men dedicated to the residents of The Skilled Care Center and The Sam L. Cohen Rehabilitation Center at The Cedars.
Our first members collected a nickel a week to build The Jewish Home for Aged on Portland’s Munjoy Hill. Today, Auxiliary fundraising and volunteer efforts support therapeutic and recreational programs that allow our elders to live as independently as possible while receiving the highest standard of care. Learn more about The Cedars Auxiliary.
“Gather: A Cocktail Party” was held on October 22, 2015 at The Atrium at The Cedars. The event featured signature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and entertainment by the Jim Ciampi Duo. Thank you to our many generous sponsors and guests for your support.
From left to right: Joanne Larman, Past President; Jaime Shapiro Berg, Past President; Suzie Berzinis, Past President and current Vice President of Fundraising; Renee Givner, Treasurer; Dee Emple, President; and Rena Becker, Past President
Dee Emple, who became president of The Cedars Auxiliary at the October 10, 2013 Donors Dinner, has been involved with The Auxiliary for the over eight years. “My friend, Emily Sandberg invited me to join and once I met other Auxiliary members and The Cedars staff, I knew The Cedars was where I wanted to volunteer.” Over the years, Dee’s children have joined in to help with Auxiliary events and her son Charlie has even brought in their corgi, Stella, to visit with residents.
As president, Dee looks forward to planning events and fundraisers, as well as to recruiting new, energetic auxiliary members of all ages. “I really think it’s important to get our children involved, so that they understand the concept and benefits of community service and develop a sense of volunteerism to last a lifetime.” And Dee plans to do just that, focusing on teens within our community.
Dee lives in Falmouth, Maine with her husband Rob and their three children. A Physician’s Assistant since 1991, Dee currently works with sports medicine specialist Dr. Douglas Brown at OA Centers for Orthopedics.