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SeniorServ Celebrates 50 Years of Dedication & Innovation
At the 7th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards
Anaheim, Calif. (June 1, 2017) – SeniorServ is proud to honor the heroes of the 7th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards on October 21, 2017 at the Grove of Anaheim. Utilizing the theme for our 50th anniversary celebration “50 Years of Dedication and Innovation,” SeniorServ puts the spotlight on those who have shown dedication to caring for and supporting the senior community, as well as those who have provided innovation in the field of senior care and advocacy.
The 7th annual Senior Care Hero Awards - considered the largest senior care recognition program in the county - recognizes the senior industry’s unsung heroes while serving as the sole fundraiser for SeniorServ, Orange County’s largest nonprofit senior nutrition Meals on Wheels provider.
Three honorees named to date include Senior Care Hero Humanitarian Awardee, Lynn Daucher, past Director of California Department of Aging; and Innovator Awardees Loren Shook, President, CEO, COB at Silverado Senior Living and W. Major Chance, (in memoriam) Founder and Executive Chairman of ActivCare Living. All three of these remarkable people are recognized innovators and have supported improving the protection, care and wellness of our senior population.
The black-tie Senior Care Hero Awards gala will be held Saturday, October 21, 2017 at The City National Grove of Anaheim. Last year's event drew 600 guests and recognized over 80 outstanding senior care industry and community advocates.
People’s Choice Hero categories are selected by public voting and include Veteran, Family Member and Volunteer. The industry recipients are chosen by an Academy of Leaders comprised of highly-regarded leaders in the field of senior care and include Senior Care Hero industry categories Outstanding Caregiver, Social Worker, Nurse, Physician, Executive Director, and Senior Care Professional. All nominees and winners will be recognized at the October 21st awards program which includes silent and live auctions, dinner and live entertainment.
Honorary event chair John Bennett, Chief Administrative Officer at St. Joseph Healthcare will be joined by event vice-chair Di Patterson, senior advocate, gerontologist and Founder and CEO of Success in Aging Centers. Auction chair is gerontologist and founder and CEO of Dupont Residential Care, Inc. and Assured In-Home Care, Inc., Jacqueline Dupont. Alignment Healthcare, an innovative Orange County-based health care management company that focuses on improving the health and wellness of seniors, is the event’s Platinum sponsor.
Tickets for the October 21st event are $150 each and tables of 10 at $1500. For further information, visit www.SeniorCareHeroAwards.org or call 714.229.5284.
SeniorServ’s Senior Care Hero Awards Gala Honors Unsung Heroes and Nets $205K for SeniorServ
Anaheim, Calif. (October 19, 2016)
The 6th annual Senior Care Hero Awards - considered the largest senior care recognition program in the county - was held on Saturday, October 15 at The City National Grove of Anaheim. Five hundred and fifty attendees helped recognize the senior care industry’s unsung heroes while raising net proceeds of approximately $205,000 in support of SeniorServ, Orange County’s largest nonprofit senior nutrition Meals on Wheels provider.
The black-tie Senior Care Hero Awards gala “Finishing Strong” featured a beautiful red carpet welcome and cocktail hour with silent auction followed by an Academy Awards-inspired program, dinner and entertainment by The Dave Stephens Band. Emmy-award winning broadcaster Patrice King Brown served as guest host and event chair was founder & CEO of Dupont Residential Care and Assured InHome Care, Jacqueline Dupont, Ph.D., MSG, MPA.
Special honorees named prior to event included Lifetime Achievement awardee John Kao, President & CEO of Alignment Healthcare; Senior Care Hero Humanitarian awardee Vincent Nguyen, D.O., C.M.D., Program Director, CARES/Palliative Care Program, Hoag Memorial Hospital and Senior Hero “Champion” awardee Olympian Greta Andersen, Orange County swimmer who participated in the 1948 (Gold medalist) and 1952 Olympics.
Similar to an Oscar-award format, Senior Care Heroes announced that evening included: Outstanding Caregiver – Shelia Hubbard; Outstanding Nurse – Joyce Brown; Outstanding Social Worker – Angelique Ellingboe; Outstanding Physician – Dr. John Zamarra; Outstanding Executive Director – Anwar M. Saeed and Outstanding Senior Care Professional - Fredy Dominguez. People’s Choice Heroes included: Senior Hero – Brenda Smith; Volunteer Hero – Helen Lynn; Family Member Hero - Dennis Wills and Veteran Hero - Alfonzo Jackson.
An entertaining yet thought-provoking presentation was given by SeniorServ CEO Holly Hagler comparing the trials and efforts experienced by Olympians to the roles that caregivers play. She creatively explained that while those in senior support roles don’t consider themselves heroes, being “champions” for seniors can most definitely be considered heroic.
Auctioneer Jim Nye led the live auction efforts by auctioning an Ultimate Fenway Park experience. With the combined efforts of former MLB player and sports broadcaster Steve Lyons, Paul Gaarenstroom and SeniorServ Board of Directors, the package featured a private tour of Fenway Park, personal escort by Steve Lyons on the field for a meet and greet with Red Sox players, visit to the Red Sox dugout and a spot next to Lyons after his pre-game show.
The package - which raised $4500 - also included roundtrip airfare for two from Southern California to Boston and a three-night stay at the Hyatt Place. A general fund-a-need ask followed the live auction and the combined efforts brought in $122,000.
For more information about SeniorServ or the Senior Care Hero Awards, visit www.seniorcareheroawards.org or call 714.229.5284.
Community SeniorServ dba SeniorServ was incorporated in 1967 and merged with Feedback Foundation and Senior Meals and Services in 2006 to create a new agency with greater capacity, energy, resources, and vision for the sole purpose of meeting the increasingly diverse needs of the elderly population.
SeniorServ Appreciates Their Supporters!
January 31, 2016
On a wild day of weather, SeniorServ showed what it means to be grateful. With the help of Richard and Clarice Lehn, who graciously offered their spectacular home as a venue, 2016 Chair, Jacque Dupont, Founder & CEO of Dupont Residential Care, Inc, 2015 Chair, Pat Brydges, Regional Vice President, Care Integration at St. Joseph Heritage Healthcare and SeniorServ CEO, Holly Hagler thanked over 60 past sponsors and guests for supporting the Senior Care Hero Awards.
While enjoying the sunset view above the ocean, delicious crepes and hors d’oeurvres, past sponsors like Irvine Cottages, CAREChoices, Housecall Doctors, Pacific Group Insurance, Horizon Oxygen & Equipment, Inc. and many more were honored for their support of both the unsung heroes in the senior industry, and the work that SeniorServ does for seniors and their families.
Among the guests were Dr. Gwynn Parry, Director of Community Health at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, Dr. Vincent Nguyen, Program Director CARES, a Palliative Service at HOAG, Earle Zucht, Chairman of the Board of SeniorServ, and Fredy Dominguez from Attentive Home Care. Fredy was the amazing artist that donated his sculptures at the 2015 event.
Patrice King Brown was introduced as the 2016 Guest Host. Patrice, now a resident of Orange County, comes to us from Pittsburgh, PA, where she was a highly regarded evening anchor on the CBS affiliate KDKA, a host of her own morning talk show, and a recipient of an Emmy for Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting.
A special announcement was made to guests regarding the identity of the 2016 Senior Care Hero Humanitarian honoree, and the crowd showed their unanimous approval. But the general public will have to wait for the official announcement in March – so stay tuned.
SeniorServ Announces Senior Care Video
Contest Offering $3000 Cash Award
Anaheim, Calif. (May 14, 2015) – SeniorServ announced this week the newly created Inspiring Senior Award which seeks short videos of extraordinary seniors submitted by videographers of any level expertise. The contest is tied to the organization’s fifth annual Senior Care Hero Awards event to be held on October 17, 2015 at The Grove of Anaheim. Both the winning videographer and senior represented in the video will receive a cash award of $1500.
The contest includes the creation of a 2-3 minute video that shares a story of an inspirational senior (age 60 or older). Organizers are specifically looking for videos that highlight an individual that has overcome a significant challenge as a senior – whether health-related or other hardship.
Susan Papiri, Senior Director Community Relations of SeniorServ and senior staff director of the Inspiring Senior Care Hero Award stresses for participants to be creative with both the selected senior in addition to their video format and style.
Paul Huante, president of Anaheim-based Horizon Oxygen and Medical Equipment announced his support this week as the contest’s exclusive sponsor.
The contest launched online this week and deadline for submissions is July 31, 2015. Complete rules, entry information and sample video can be found at www.seniorcareheroawards.org. Submissions will be publicized through the Senior Care Hero Awards and SeniorServ websites in addition to SeniorServ’s Facebook page and other social media. The award winning submission will be shown during the October 17 event ceremony.
About Senior Care Hero Awards
Now in its fifth year, the 2015 Senior Care Hero Awards is produced by the Anaheim, Calif.-based nonprofit SeniorServ to celebrate extraordinary individuals in the senior industry. Nominations are accepted from all sources and include healthcare professionals, caregivers, volunteers and family members. Nominations and public voting begins June 1st and continues through August 31, 2015. The Academy of Leaders comprised of highly-regarded leaders and luminaries in the field of senior care will select the final 2015 Senior Care Hero Awards recipients. All event proceeds benefit SeniorServ’s Meals on Wheels program and other services for seniors in need. Call 714.229.5284 for more details or visit www.SeniorCareHeroAwards.org.
The largest Meals on Wheels and nonprofit senior nutrition provider in Orange County, the mission of SeniorServ is to improve the quality of life for older adults, persons with disabilities and their families by creating a safety net of health, nutrition and supportive services designed to enhance their independence, wellbeing and dignity. Community SeniorServ was incorporated in 1967 and merged with Feedback Foundation and Senior Meals and Services in 2006 to create a new agency with greater capacity, energy, resources, and vision for the sole purpose of meeting the increasingly diverse needs of the elderly population.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 1, 2015
Save-the-Date for the 5th Anniversary Celebration of the Senior Care Hero Awards™
The 5th Annual Senior Care Hero Awards™ has been scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015, at The Grove of Anaheim. The Senior Care Hero Awards™ celebrates the contributions of the unsung heroes in the senior care industry, including professionals from physicians to caregivers, as well as those committed to seniors outside the health care industry. Proceeds from the event benefit SeniorServ, the largest Meals on Wheels and non-profit senior nutrition provider in Orange County.
The public is invited to “unmask” their heroes by nominating and voting online for the senior care professionals and senior supporters of their choice. Nominations will open in June, 2015, and award recipients will be announced the evening of the event.
Something new for this year’s event – the Inspiring Senior Award video contest. The award will be given to the individual(s) and their subject who most effectively present a story in video form. The story will highligh the inspirational spirit that is revealed in the senior through the telling of his or her story. The prizes for this award will be $1,500 for the video creator, and $1,500 for the senior who is featured.
Last year’s event drew over 550 guests and provided over 18,000 meals to at-risk seniors. This year’s anniversary event is expected to exceed that due to its overwhelming positive response.
SeniorServ is dedicated to helping older adults live independently and with dignity, secure in home, health and heart. The non-profit also offers case management and in-home supportive services, Adult Day Health Care programs and Care Transitions services to reduce hospital admissions and readmissions.
For more information on the event visit: www.SeniorCareHeroAwards.org.
January 6, 2015
Senior Care Hero Awards Recipient named OC Register's "100 Most Influential People of 2014 in Orange County"
(Picture Above: Lahoma Snyder accepting her Outstanding Senior Professional Award at the 2014 Senior Care Hero Awards gala.)
Our 2014 Outstanding Senior Care Professional recipient, Lahoma Snyder, is named one of OC Register's "100 Most Influential People of 2014"!
August 28, 2014
Senior Care Hero Awards on “The Senior Bodyguard” Radio Network
On August 18th, Susan Papiri from the 2014 Senior Care Hero Awards™ was interviewed by radio show host, Geoff Scott of “The Senior Bodyguard” Radio Network, a radio show dedicated to being a “protector of seniors”.
In the interview, Susan and Geoff talked about how the Senior Care Hero Awards™ began, the 17 categories in which you can nominate and vote for your Hero online, the heartwarming and emotional stories, and the SeniorServ programs and how they benefit at-risk seniors.
Susan describes the October 18th evening of the Senior Care Hero Awards™ as the “Academy Awards of senior care… It’s got a red carpet and it’s set up just like an award show. I like to say the Academy Awards in Hollywood feeds egos; our Academy Awards feeds seniors.”
Susan Papiri tells viewers, “Please go to www.seniorcareheroawards.org and nominate and vote. You can vote once a day, every day. Take a look of some of these people. Nominate a hero of your own. Everybody has a hero in their life - nominate them!”
Push play on the audio player below and listen to this great Senior Bodyguard interview! You’ll learn more about the Senior Care Hero Awards™ and hear the moving life stories and experiences of the senior-serving heroes and the enriched lives of those seniors they’ve cared for!
August 22, 2014
The Senior Care Hero Awards™ will be in the OC Register this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Be the first to view it now!
2014 Senior Care Hero Awards™ Launch Party
July 21, 2014
The Launch party for the 2014 Senior Care Hero Awards™ was held on Wednesday, July 16th. The venue host was Capriana and Villagio at Capriana, the attached Memory Care Assisted Living community. In addition, Meridian Senior Living provided the spirits for the event. The large crowd that attended were treated to Tapas, Flamenco guitar and the surprise entertainment of three past Miss Senior California crown holders. Former SeniorServ CEO and current Chairman of the 2014 Gala, Randy Platt, encouraged the attendees to nominate, vote and support our wonderful senior care professionals and seniors in our communities.
We would like to thank all those who attended and, of course, our wonderful 2014 event sponsors: Alzheimer’s Association Orange County, Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim Regional Medical Center, Horizon Oxygen & Medical Equipment, Silverado, SCAN, St. Michael/CareChoices, Essensa/US Foods, Diagnostic Labs and Ernst & Young.
Don’t miss our main event, the 2014 Senior Care Hero Awards on Saturday, October 18th 6:00pm at the Grove of Anaheim. Tickets available at http://www.seniorcareheroawards.org/event-tickets.
SeniorServ featured in OC Register Article
"Senior population more vibrant than ever, but risks exist" by Shelly Hoss
June 5, 2014
The Senior Care Hero Awards™ is a way for us to honor the heroes in the senior care community while raising funds to support seniors in need.