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Following in Father’s Footsteps

Philanthropists Leslie and Scott Seigel to receive Heritage Pointe’s Inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award

Heritage Pointe’s annual fundraising gala, taking place at The Island Hotel in Newport Beach on Sunday, December 11, will honor Orange County philanthropists and community leaders, Scott and Leslie Seigel, with Heritage Pointe’s inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award.

“We are thrilled Scott and Leslie Seigel will be Heritage Pointe’s inaugural recipients of our Lifetime Achievement Award for their generosity and over ten years of solid commitment to the mission of Heritage Pointe and to the Orange County philanthropic community,” said Mike Silverman, MPA, chief executive officer of Heritage Pointe. “Since I arrived in Orange County a year ago, I have continued to hear nothing but great comments about the Seigels, with all of these comments focusing on ‘Tikkun Olum.’ The Seigels embody the very best of what giving back to your community truly means. We are honoring the Seigels for their foresight through Jewish and cultural leadership and for their dynamic entrepreneurial vision, which has ultimately inspired the culture of community, including the transformation in senior care.”

Chairman of the Heritage Pointe Board Jodi Greenbaum, Fred Forster, Aviva Forster, Leslie Seigel, and Scott Seigel

“This inaugural award recognizes an individual or individuals whose lifetime or long-term achievements have made a significant impact on our society,” explained Beth Slavin, director of philanthropy at Heritage Pointe. “Heritage Pointe honors those individuals who practice high ethical standards and who best exemplify the commitment and dedication toward the values and principles of our mission, which states that Heritage Pointe is to honor our community of mothers and fathers as Jewish tradition teaches us. The Seigels are outstanding role models of leadership and philanthropy, which is why they are being honored.”

Leslie and Scott Seigel, residents of Newport Beach, have been married for the past 31 years. Together they have successfully operated California Closets in Southern California for the past 35 years.

The Seigels are both very involved within their community. Leslie’s charitable endeavors include working with the Good News Foundation, Dress for Success, Senior Serv and Heritage Pointe.

Scott has served as President of Temple Bat Yahm in Newport Beach. Within his first year as President, Bat Yahm launched a brand new youth program, an engagement endeavor and a Distinguished Speaker Series, which has included such notables as Oprah, clutter guru Peter Walsh, Dennis Prager and William Shatner. Scott serves on the boards of the Solomon Society, the Pacific Symphony and the Union of Reform Judaism.

“Leslie and I are truly grateful and honored to be the recipients of Heritage Pointe’s first Lifetime Achievement Award,” Scott Seigel said. “What brings meaning, inspiration and fulfillment to Leslie and me is to honor the blessed memories of our parents who repeatedly supported our local Jewish community. I have followed in my father’s footsteps serving as president of my temple exactly 50 years later, and together Leslie and I know that it’s up to our generation to support Jewish endeavors . . .none more important than Heritage Pointe.”

For more information on Heritage Pointe, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3, 200 resident community in Mission Viejo, California, providing independent, assisted, and memory care services for the elderly, while incorporating Jewish traditions and lifestyles, please call (949) 364-9685 or visit

Brion Jeannette, Bonnie Jeannette, Heritage Pointe’s Founder Meryl Schrimmer, Chairman of the Heritage Pointe Board Jodi Greenbaum, and Martin Greenbaum.