About Our History
Mrs. Zelda Dubin
The Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center was established in 1995 to provide assistance to families of individuals suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Our center is named after Alvin A. Dubin whose widow, Zelda Dubin, made a generous donation to ensure the viability of a resource center in Lee County. Throughout their lives, Alvin and Zelda Dubin used both their time and assets to help others. Their legacy will continue through the center's work.
Zelda B. Dubin died on October 18, 2005 at Cypress Cove in Ft. Myers, Florida. She is remembered for her life as a humanitarian and community volunteer. She leaves a legacy in her name with the numerous charitable causes she helped over many years.
Zelda Dubin was an accomplished dancer. Early in life, she worked as a Broadway dancer in New York City. Later, she spent a few years working for MGM Studios in Hollywood where she appeared in dance scenes used for various movies. She finished her dance career as the owner and operator of nine dance studios in Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana. Her business, Vogue Studios, offered dance, modeling, and charm school lessons for young women.
Zelda met her late husband, Alvin A. Dubin, after she had retired to Florida. Zelda and Al lived a full life during retirement. They were long time residents of Seven Lakes where they enjoyed golf and social events with their many friends and neighbors. Zelda also loved to entertain guests in their home at Seven Lakes.
During their lifetime, the Dubins were avid supporters of several local charitable organizations. Zelda continued to show her support for their temple and favorite charities by leaving a legacy in Al's name at Temple Beth-El following his death in 1995. She also gave a generous gift to the Alzheimer's Resource Center, which was soon after renamed the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center in appreciation of Zelda's gift in memory of her husband.
Zelda continued to be active in the many fund raising and awareness events held by the Alvin A. Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center over the past ten years. The center recently celebrated its tenth year of providing services to caregivers in our local community. Mrs. Dubin was an avid fan of the center staff and the many quality programs offered in her husband's name.
"She will be greatly missed by all of us," says Dotty St. Amand, Executive Director of the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center. "Her zest for living a full life was an inspiration to all who knew and loved Zelda. Everyday, her generosity was an example to others about what really matters."
In addition to her involvement with Temple Beth-El and the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center, she was an active member of the Zonta Club of Ft. Myers for more than 20 years and a tireless advocate for Abuse Counseling and Treatment, working on their Arts for ACT committee for many years.
Zelda was extremely proud of her membership in Zonta International, both in Ohio and Florida. The mission of Zonta is to improve the status of women worldwide. Mrs. Dubin certainly was a role model for Zontians as she exemplified the ideals of Zonta in her charitable efforts on a daily basis. She was always striving to help women in need, from domestic violence victims to women caring for ailing family members.
"Mrs. Dubin will long be remembered for her charitable work. Through her generosity, the Dubin Alzheimer's Resource Center has grown into a well-established resource for thousands of caregivers throughout Lee County," says Kathy Shimp, Board President.
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