Areawide Aging Agency held their first fundraising luncheon on August 15, at the First Baptist Church of Bethany. With over 80 people in attendance, Board President, Michael Taylor, deemed the event a success. Don Hudman, Executive Director, briefly spoke about what Areawide does as an agency. He informed the crowd about the different agencies Areawide Aging Agency works with on a daily basis, along with how many seniors lives are affected annually. Mr. Hudman recognized the project directors and Areawide staff in attendance. “Without these hardworking people, our agency would not exist,” commented Hudman.
Corporal Kim Lopez with TRIAD of the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s office, spoke of her love of seniors. Corporal Lopez was the first full time officer assigned to crimes victimizing elderly in 1984. She shared stories of how the grandparents raising grandchildren program started and supplied about 40 children with school supplies their first year. This past July, 365 children being raised by their grandparents were given school supplies through a program funded by Areawide. Oklahoma rates second in the nation for grandparents raising grandchildren.
Areawide Aging Agency would like to thank the following sponsors who helped make the event a success: Platinum Sponsors - Choice Home Health, Legacy Legal Center, MIT Group, Donald W. Reynolds Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence, part of the Fran and Earl Ziegler College of Nursing at the OU Health Sciences Center, and OG&E; Gold Sponsors - JCS Minerals and Directors Life Assurance Company; and Silver Sponsors - Eldercounseling & Clinical Services, Logan County Council on Aging and Norman Regional Health Systems – The Senior Counseling Center.
Easter Bags for Seniors was a Huge Success!
We would like to thank everyone who donated items and their time to help with the Easter bags for seniors. We would especially like to thank OG&E and their volunteers for helping to stuff the bags. We had almost 250 bags to give to home-bound seniors.
Christmas Cheer for the Elderly
Areawide Aging Agency would like to thank everyone who participated in our Christmas Cheer for the Elderly project this year. We received twice as many donations this year than we received in the past! These donations went to home-bound seniors in our four county area, around 300 seniors. Our goal is to gather enough donations for every home-bound senior being served by our nutrition projects (around 1,500). We will start collecting items again in November 2017! Thanks again to everyone who helped this year. The senior's really appreciated them.