2016 Gala Dinner Honors Three Outstanding Citizens The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation (ASCF) held their 23rd Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at Transit Valley Country Club, gathering over 110 guests. The event is held each year and recognizes individuals who have made significant contribution of their time and talents to positively affect the lives of area seniors, enabling them to age within our community.
The Honorary Chairpersons were Robert and Bonnie Wallace where Robert is President/CEO of Episcopal Church Home and Affiliates. The event sponsor was BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York. Mistress of Ceremony was Hannah Buehler of 7 Eyewitness News.
All proceeds from the event benefit the ASCF which is committed to promoting the welfare of senior citizens in the Town of Amherst and to helping maintain and raise funds to support senior services and activities in our community.
The ASCF Creative Advocate Award was established to recognize an individual, or organization, which has taken a creative new idea and developed it into a successful program, service or policy to support senior citizens. The Foundation presented this award to Peter Fleischmann who has served as director and CEO of the Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies since 1982, where he leads all development, grant making, investment and administrative operations. The Foundation for Jewish Philanthropies administers over 1,000 endowments, charitable trusts and other philanthropic funds serving broad charitable purposes, with assets of more than $165 million.
The ASCF Senior Leadership Award recognizes a person who has demonstrated outstanding leadership by promoting and developing activities which provide a favorable climate for seniors to age within the community. For 2016, the ASCF selected Ann Monroe as our senior leadership honoree. Since 2003, Ms. Monroe has served as president of the Health Foundation of Western and Central New York, an independent private regional health philanthropy which serves communities within the region.
There is no shortage of seniors in our community that give generously of their time to help others. These senior volunteers serve as a role model for all by demonstrating the critical importance of individual involvement and caring. One of these special individuals is Frank Temple a 91 year old World War II veteran who donated 430 hours (approximately 11 forty-hour work weeks) in 2015, providing needed transportation to area seniors through the Hearts and Hands program. Frank chauffeured 43 different individuals to 181 appointments, driving more than 6,100 miles to help his neighbors. Mr. Temple is also a Habitat for Humanity volunteer and finds time to volunteer through his church. The ASCF proudly recognized Frank Temple our 2016 Senior Citizen Volunteer honoree.
CONGRATULATIONS to all three of these terrific individuals!
Enjoy a photo album from our 2016 Awards Dinner below: