The Southeast Florida Chapter is saddened by the passing of Theresa Esman, a longtime supporter of our cause. Since it’s inception in 2008, The Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation has donated close to $500,000 to the Alzheimer’s Association. More recently, they funded a campaign in Miami targeting the Hispanic community to ensure that Spanish speaking members of South Florida can be aware of the services of the Alzheimer’s Association.
Executive Director Murray Levin, a personal friend of Theresa Esman’s, will continue to head the Saul and Theresa Esman Foundation and continue the legacy the Esman’s left behind.
He said, “She would want to be remembered as helping you [the Alzheimer’s Association] especially as her own younger sister is living with the disease to the point where she didn’t recognize her on the phone. The reason we went with the Alzheimer’s Association is because it is the premier organization confronting this disease. She knew the Alzheimer’s Association is trying to slow it down and would often tell me how much she appreciated the wonderful work your organization does.”
The Southeast Florida Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is one of the charitable organizations supported by the foundation since its start, and it remains one of the 14 organizations currently supported by the foundation. Grace Grant-Brown, CFO of the Southeast Florida Chapter said, “The Alzheimer’s Association has lost a very dear friend and donor. Theresa Esman, through the Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation, contributed generously to our cause in pursuit of an end to Alzheimer’s disease. Through the foundation, she has left a lasting legacy that will continue to positively impact the lives of people in our community. We at the Alzheimer’s Association, extend our condolences to Murray Levin and the team at the Saul & Theresa Esman Foundation. Mrs. Esman will be sorely missed.”
Saul and Theresa Esman moved to south Florida in 1979 and began supporting local charities, funding research to fight various diseases. Theresa Esman founded the foundation in 2008 to carry on the couple’s legacy, impacting medical research in south Florida for many years to come.