Honoree John Macsai (2nd from right) of Evanston in picture above with his family.Photo by John Searles

Ruby slippers sparkled as 186 friends celebrated at “The Ruby Slipper Event: There’s No Place Like Home,” hosted by SASI-Services for Adults Staying in Their Homes on Oct. 22 at the Evanston Golf Club. 

Honoree John Macsai of Evanston spoke movingly of his connection to SASI. “I am not here tonight as an author, architect, writer or painter. I am here as a survivor,” he noted, sharing his Holocaust experience and also relaying how he recently underwent heart surgery. He described how the kind, skilled assistance from SASI caregivers “guided me to a full recovery…I am deeply, deeply grateful to SASI, from the bottom of my newly repaired heart.”

 Honorary chair Senator Jeff Schoenberg described SASI as a “gem in the community,” saying that “it is not just an economic but a moral imperative to help people stay in their homes and remain as productive as possible in the community” as they manage health- or aging-related challenges.