Orchard Estate of Woodbury’s Lauren Sklarin Receives Long Island Power Woman Award

Director of Community Relations for New Assisted Living Community Recognized
for Improving the Lives of Long Island Seniors 

Lauren Sklarin

For over 25 years, Smithtown’s Lauren Sklarin has been advocating for Long Island businesses and individuals, most currently as the director of community relations for Orchard Estate of Woodbury, a Benchmark assisted living and memory care community under construction in Woodbury, N.Y. Today, Orchard Estate is announcing that her advocacy work and achievements have earned her the Long Island Power Woman award.

Yesterday at Leonard’s Palazzo in Great Neck, Sklarin was recognized as a change-maker, rainmaker, innovator and being a voice to impact change. Drawing on the experience of caring for both of her grandmothers, she is passionate about helping

Long Island seniors and their families through the aging process. She frequently educates the public about dementia and enjoys helping people obtain the best quality care to meet their needs.

“Lauren’s positivity and immense energy around helping seniors in our community is a rare quality and something that everyone is benefiting from,” says Doug Cormack, executive director of Orchard Estate. “She makes Orchard Estate and the communities we serve a much better place, and I can think of no one else, female or male, who is more worthy of this award.”

Sklarin is also passionate about helping children learn the skills they need to succeed in life. She has spent the last 15 years teaching presentation skills to children in South Huntington, N.Y. As a licensed soccer coach, she has spent 10 years coaching children in the HBC Soccer Club and Smithtown Kickers Soccer Club. She has also coached basketball to children through Half Hollow Hills FURY. With two children in the Smithtown School District, Sklarin spent three years as vice president and secretary of the PTA of Accompsett Middle School where she led many successful fundraisers.

Prior to joining Orchard Estate, Sklarin served as director of community relations for Home Instead Senior Care for Central Suffolk County. Before that, she served in account management roles for a number of public relations agencies, including Publicis and Edelman. She graduated from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in journalism.

The Long Island Power Woman awards recognize successful business, community, cultural, political, civic and religious female leaders. The idea is to bring women together to support and learn from one another so they can achieve their goals. The annual event gathers Long Island’s high-powered businesswomen together to celebrate their achievements and create powerful allies in the workplace and community.

About Benchmark
Based in Waltham, Mass., Benchmark is a leading provider of senior housing in the Northeast with 6,400 associates and 58 communities. Founded in 1997 by Tom Grape, Benchmark offers independent living, assisted living, Alzheimer’s care and continuing care retirement communities in Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The organization was selected by FORTUNE magazine for its inaugural 2018 Best Workplaces for Aging Services list, taking the number 16 spot on the list of top 40 aging services companies and ranking number three among companies with more than 40 communities. Benchmark is one of only six companies named to The Boston Globe Top Places to Work list every year of the 11 years it has been published. And it has been consistently recognized by Boston Business Journal, Hartford Courant and Hartford Business Journal as a top workplace, and by the Boston Business Journal, Providence Business News and Hartford Business Journal as one of the healthiest employers. Click here for more information.

Press Contact: Carol Arnold, Arnold Communications, carol@arnoldcomm.com, (603) 502-0469.

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