The Eldercare Foundation’s 9th annual “Gift of Age” Cabaret will be held on Friday, April 22, 2016 at the Sheraton Syracuse University Hotel. Tickets are $150 per person ($100 for veterans and active service members) and may be purchased by calling 477-9301, emailing email@example.com, or by visiting www.477home.org/eldercare-foundation-events.
The evening will begin at 6 p.m. with a cocktail hour featuring performances by LeMoyne College a cappella group Fermata Nowhere. A formal sit-down dinner and performances by award-winning singer/pianist Tony DeSare will follow. DeSare’s sophisticated original compositions and unique takes on classic standards have earned him a reputation as one of the country’s hottest young artists. According to USA Today, “DeSare belongs to a group of neo-traditional upstarts stretching from Harry Connick Jr. to Michael Bublé and Jamie Cullum.”
During the event, two individuals and a local not-for-profit organization will be honored for their support and commitment to the mission of The Eldercare Foundation.
Eldercare Achiever Awards will be presented to VNA Homecare Physical Therapist Timothy Lavallee and his patient, James Hall. Lavallee believes the success of caring for someone at home goes beyond clinical care and extends to the patient’s emotional, social and mental well-being. With that in mind, he assisted Hall, a World War II veteran, in applying for Honor Flight Syracuse’s fifth mission in April, 2015. Upon his acceptance, Hall chose Lavallee, himself a veteran of the Air National Guard, as his Honor Flight Guardian and, together, the men embarked on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to our Nation’s capitol. This shared experience solidified a bond between patient and clinician that has grown into a treasured friendship that will last a lifetime.
The Eldercare Community Champion Award will be presented to Honor Flight Syracuse. Through their mission of honoring America’s veterans by transporting them to Washington, D.C. to visit the national memorials dedicated to their sacrifice and service, Honor Flight Syracuse shows our elders the respect and admiration they so deserve. The private, not-for-profit organization is one of more than 130 regional hubs of the National Honor Flight Network, whose current focus is veterans of World War II and any war veteran with a terminal illness. The program has also begun outreach to Korean War and Vietnam War veterans. Veterans may apply for an upcoming mission at www.HonorFlightSyracuse.org. Their next mission will depart on April 30, 2016.
“This year’s honorees are true advocates for our community’s aging population, and are dedicated to the work done by Home Aides of Central New York,” said Kate Rolf, president and chief executive officer of VNA Homecare. “They, along with our generous sponsors, advertisers and contributors, allow our agency to serve the aging, ill and frail members of our community.”
For information about this year’s event, including sponsorship opportunities and ticket sales, please contact Eldercare Foundation Director Aida Byrne at 315.477.9301 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Funds raised by the Eldercare Foundation support the important work of Home Aides of Central New York, a not-for-profit agency affiliated with VNA Homecare that has been serving the aging members of our community since 1966.