The Salute to Seniors Award is presented quarterly to honor an individual who is making a difference in their community. Qualified nominees are active adults age 62 and above who volunteer their time and talents to their communities, and who also exemplify leadership, spirit, and citizenship.
“It was an inspirational event sitting through a lovely lunch and hearing how these seniors have dedicated so much of their time to giving back to our community,” said Justin Spooner, executive director at The Stayton. “The team at The Stayton is so happy to be able to recognize these deserving individuals for the difference they are making here in Fort Worth. Volunteerism is so important, and each honoree is a testament to how important and fulfilling it can be to give of one’s time.”
The 2010 honorees were nominated by the nonprofit organizations they serve, and include: Laveta Curry, Fred Smith, Sally Proffitt and Frank Calvert. Each honoree was presented with a commemorative Salute to Seniors Award Tiffany gift during the ceremonies.
(Cook Children’s Medical Center)
Before retiring, Curry, 74, worked for Prudential Insurance for 37 years. In 1999, her husband passed away, and faced with a new chapter in her life, a friend introduced her to the idea of volunteering. Having dealt with a sick niece who experienced frequent seizures, the decision to devote her time to a children’s organization was an easy choice.
In addition to her service with Cook Children’s Medical Center, Mrs. Curry also volunteers for the Citizens on Patrol program in her neighborhood where she works directly with the local police department to monitor her neighborhood for any suspicious activity.
(Fort Worth Southwest Lions Club)
At age 81, Smith is retired from the local grain business. His involvement with the Lions Club began through a recommendation from a close friend. Today, his main duty is to approve the distribution of eye glasses to underprivileged children throughout Tarrant County, a job he takes very seriously, for he believes proper vision as a young student is very important.
(Union Gospel Mission of Tarrant County)
At 64, Proffitt chairs the Business Department at the Northeast Campus of Tarrant County College and also finds time to tutor students at Union Gospel Mission. Proffitt has also involved her students from Tarrant County College in helping the organization. One of her leadership classes helped prepare grooming packs for Union Gospel Mission before finishing their business degrees. She also helped to involve Education majors who come as interns to work with the students of Union Gospel Mission as part of their teaching prep.
Proffitt has had a long haul of volunteerism and is a big proponent of working with children. She’s also given her time to church youth groups and Girl Scout troops.
(The Salvation Army)
Calvert and his wife drive a canteen unit serving at disasters around the country. Calvert and his wife always serve together. Their motto is that as long as they’re together they don’t worry about it.
Currently, Calvert is the coordinator for The Salvation Army’s bell ringing campaign, which keeps him especially busy during the holiday season.
In 2008, SQLC founded the SQLC Charitable Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that operates to make grants to and support programs and services that advance the interests of seniors.
ABOUT THE STAYTON AT MUSEUM WAY
Scheduled to open this fall, The Stayton at Museum Way, a $164 million senior living community now under construction in Fort Worth’s Cultural District, will be an 11-story, three building community featuring 188 independent living residences with a variety of spacious one-, two- and three-bedroom floor plans. The Stayton will provide onsite assisted living, memory support, and private skilled nursing for life care residents and others in the community.
The Stayton at Museum Way is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit senior living community sponsored by Senior Quality Lifestyles Corporation (SQLC), a Texas-based nonprofit organization that sponsors sister communities The Buckingham in Houston, Edgemere in Dallas, Querencia at Barton Creek in Austin, and Mirador under construction in Corpus Christi. For information call (817) 439-6936 or visit www.thestayton.com.