Foundation Overview

A Promise Made

overviewLeeza Gibbons is a nationally recognized TV news journalist, author and entrepreneur whose latest book Take 2 Your Guide to Creating Happy Endings and New Beginnings recently hit the New York Times best Seller list. Recipient of AARP’s Annual Inspire Award and named the “Voice of the Caregiver” she has demonstrated insight and innovation by creating Leeza’s Place and Leeza’s Care Connection to offer free services to the voiceless population of caregivers who report feeling under-valued and alone on their caregiving journey. Her listeners and viewers are often empowered with her message and uplifted by her example of how to be your own health advocate.

Leeza’s Care Connection Facts

Leeza created The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation in 2002 as a promise to her mother to “tell her story and make it count” after her diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. Leeza’s Place, now known as Leeza’s Care Connection is the signature program of The Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation opening its first doors in 2003. It is what Leeza “wished we had when we were going through this journey”

Leeza’s Care Connection is a place for caregivers to “Summon their Strength” and call on their courage when a health crisis hits in their family. It is a place to go for support, to ask questions, find resources and connect with other caregivers. A place where caregivers learn the importance of holding onto yourself while caring for someone you love.

Our Centers Educate, Empower and Energize. We are an energetic community of people who stand together so no one has to walk this path alone. Caregivers develop new skills to help handle the changes and demands of their new life, allowing them to become stronger and more resilient, building a support network and family who understands both the burdens and blessings of caregiving.

In the US, there are over 65 million caregivers currently taking care of a loved one going through a health crisis, that’s 30% of our population. These are husbands and wives, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, family and friends who are taking care of people they love. Caregivers are often depressed, stressed and depleted which can lead to burnout…often causing stress related disorders that can take up to ten years off the life of the caregiver.

 

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Our Mantra is “Breathe Believe Receive”. Caregivers must nourish themselves mind, body, soul and spirit before taking care of their loved ones. Breathe in the oxygen so you can stand steady and strong, Believe you will get through this journey and Receive what others have to offer. Our psycho, social, emotional, wellness approach at Leeza’s Care Connection connects caregivers to themselves and others. It is within in the journey we become strong and are able to face the challenges of caregiving. Gaining self confidence and increasing self-esteem while reducing stress energizes caregivers and allows them to feel “I can do it”.


 

Our Board Members

Todd Rubenstein

todd-pic-webTodd is a founding Board Member of the Anti Recidivism Coalition, a support and advocacy group for formerly incarcerated young adults seeking to improve their lives. Last year, ARC was instrumental in passing two pieces of legislation, SB 260 and SB 9, both reforming sentencing rules for juveniles, focusing resources on rehabilitation, rather than mass and long term incarceration. Todd is an advisory board member of the Harold Robinson Foundation, offering a camp experience to underprivileged children in LA County. Each year, HRF sends 2,500 kids to camp, who otherwise would not have the opportunity. He has brought all of these organizations together, building partnerships, community and a better life for many kids. As the managing partner of top entertainment law firm Morris Yorn, TR has instituted a policy at his firm of hiring young people from his programs. Todd is also the Board Chair of InsideOUT Writers.

Gregg Silver

Gregg-SilverGregg Silver was born and raised in Beverly Hills, California and attended college at Pitzer College of the Claremont Colleges where he graduated with  a B.A. in Business Management as well as played both football and baseball. After graduating, Gregg spent three years in executive management positions within Hyatt Hotels and 10 years at Universal City Studios in Hollywood where he was an executive in charge of the Universal CityWalk Project. For the past 14 years, Gregg has owned his own real estate investment company while also brokering real estate transactions through Keller Williams Realty in Beverly Hills where his real estate group has been the top producing agent team in their office for the past three years.

Robbie Blumenfeld

robbie-pic-webABEX president and CEO, launched his company as a five-person operation in 1981. Today Abex employs over 100 skilled individuals and manufactures the majority of their portable modular exhibit components in-house.  From award-winning rotomolded cases, which Abex manufactures in-house, to the elite winner of Exhibitor’s Best of Show award for exhibit design, Abex has proven to be an innovator in the exhibit industry. Robbie Blumenfeld’s commitment to utilize state-of-the-art equipment in all aspects of his company allows the Abex staff to provide the highest quality products and services.

Holly Tyrer

LXYPVD-XHolly Tyrer has been a dedicated supporter of the Leeza Gibbons Memory Foundation since its inception over a decade ago. In 2006, when Leeza’s Place opened in Los Angeles, Holly became a weekly volunteer heading the Scrapbooking program. For seven years Holly nurtured the community through scrapbooking cherished memories, journaling, storytelling and an endless supply of hugs for those that needed it most…the caregivers.

 

 

New & Noteworthy
How TV and radio host Leeza Gibbons is using her experience as a caregiver to help others Leeza Gibbons is a 60-year-old Emmy®-winning host and New York Times best-selling author, but her roles as an entrepreneur, mother, wife and caregiver are where she’s made her greatest contributions in life. Gibbons’
Leeza visits the set of WIS News and talks with Mary King about Leeza’s Care Connection inaugural fundraising event– Leeza Gibbon’s Dare2Care Fair & Health Expo.    
Midlands native and TV journalist Leeza Gibbons was back in the Capital City over the weekend to host her first ever Dare2Care Fair and Reception. It’s all part of her Leeza’s Care Connection Foundation. The goal of the free fair and health expo on Saturday was to empower parents and
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