Nascentia Health’s Eldercare Foundation held its second annual Legacy Luncheon on Tuesday, May 21.
More than 210 guests gathered at the Oncenter’s Nicholas J. Pirro Convention Center for the annual fundraising event, which featured a truly memorable presentation by world-renowned Hall of Fame keynote speaker, author, entrepreneur, workplace performance expert and acrobat Dan Thurmon. During his transformational “Off Balance on Purpose” keynote presentation, Thurmon performed handstands on a podium while discussing balance, juggled sharp objects to teach principles of performance under pressure, and wove through the audience on a six-foot unicycle to visually amplify principles for navigating change.
Complementing Thurmon’s performance were the presentations of the Foundation’s second annual Legacy Awards, recognizing community members/organizations and Nascentia Health patients who have made a profound and lasting impact on the greater Syracuse community or shown a commitment to advocating for the aging and/or eldercare services.
The Eldercare Community Champion Award was presented to Rescue Mission Alliance in recognition of their commitment to serving our community’s most vulnerable populations and to ending hunger and homelessness. While the organization’s programs and services have evolved over the decades, their core values of faith, hope and love have remained steadfast
The Eldercare Achiever Award was presented to Nascentia Health patient June Davis in recognition of her dedication to aging gracefully at home and in her community. A volunteer fitness instructor and active member of her local church, the 96-years-young Baldwinsville resident serves as an example for all those who are aging; she has grown older in number, but not in spirit.
The Amelia Greiner Lifetime Achievement Award was presented posthumously to Roslyn R. Bilford in honor of her lifelong dedication and commitment to Central New York and to the countless individuals she inspired throughout her prestigious career. In the spirit of Home Aides of Central New York’s founder, she gave selflessly of her time and talents in service to the community.
Local and state government representatives were also in attendance to present the honorees with official proclamations recognizing their outstanding dedication and commitment to the betterment of their communities.
The event raised $50,000 in support of the Eldercare Foundation’s mission of enabling aging, ill and frail individuals to remain at home with dignity and independence. Major sponsors included: The Hayner Hoyt Corporation; Bottar Law, PLLC; Cygnus Management Foundation, Inc.; KeyBank; Kinney Drugs Foundation; and Sutton Real Estate Company, LLC.
“Each year, we hold this event in the hope of raising our community’s compassion for aging individuals and their families,” noted Kate Rolf, President and Chief Executive Officer. “By recognizing the exemplary contributions of our honorees, we raise awareness of the importance of caring about, and caring for, our community’s elders.”