FRIENDSHIP CENTERS NEWS & EVENTS  | October 2017
 
Promoting health, dignity and quality of life throughout the journey of aging.

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Friendship Centers News 
FRIENDSHIP CHALLENGE MEETS MATCHING GOAL
Hundreds of generous friends rose to the challenge and donated during our recent Friendship Challenge campaign. Despite having to end the campaign two days early due to Hurricane Irma's impending arrival, we were able to raise $29,774 from 203 individual donors.

As a result, these donations qualified for the $25,000 in matching monies. We are very grateful for the grand total of $54,774, which most donors designated for an area of need: Friend in Need Patient Fund, Feed A Senior Nutrition Fund, Senior Programming and Activities Fund, or Sponsor A Senior Adult Day Care Fund.

Our goal for the Friendship Challenge campaign was $75,000 but just like you can't take on City Hall, you also can't beat Mother Nature. Our website, friendshipcenters.org, is always available should you still wish to make a donation.

It takes a village to help older adults on their journey of aging. A hearty thank you from all of us here at Friendship Centers.


Volunteer Dentists and Doctors Greatly Needed
Friendship Centers had over 15,000 patient visits in our medical clinics in Sarasota, Venice, Lee County and Collier County last year. This is even more amazing when you consider all our doctors and medical practitioners are volunteers! Patients logged 3,200 dental visits with volunteer dentists and hygienists. We are always in need of volunteer doctors, nurses, dentists and dental professionals, so please call Robert Rogers at 941.556.3223 if you can spare a few hours to help seniors at our clinics!



Sarasota
Join Us at the Age Friendly Festival October 28
Come to the Sarasota Fairgrounds for a festival for all ages October 28, from 9 am to 4 pm! Our booth will have interactive activities like coloring, mind games and exercise groups for everyone. We will also offer our very own "Lucy" booth (remember the Peanuts cartoon?) with caregiving professionals helping caregivers learn ways to cope with caregiving and stress. Learn more about the festival here.

Venice
Country Jamboree Drew Smiles and Country Fans
The Country
 Jamboree at the Venice Campus on September 20 was a big hit! Entertainment was provided by Patti Highland, country music singer extraordinaire! There was also a special appearance by "Hope" the miniature therapy horse. Hope and Patti brought many smiles to the faces of clients, volunteers and staff. 



Charlotte County
Items Needed for Holiday Gift Bags for Seniors 
It's October and the holidays are fast approaching! Charlotte  County Friendship Centers is requesting donations of new and unopened items for holiday gift bags to help seniors stay happy and healthy at home this holiday season. You can donate requested supplies at the locations listed by October 31. Thank you for helping!

Lee County
Thank You to the Alzheimer's Association
Supportive Aging Services Director, 
Eric Flusche, accepts food packages for seniors affected by Hurricane Irma from the Alzheimer's Association, Gulf Coast Chapter.

The organization stopped by the Fort  Myers office in the Memory Mobile, one of its very visible outreach vehicles. It was a wonderful surprise! Here's a big thank you to the Alzheimer's Association for its generous offerings to area seniors in need.

Collier County
Donations to Help Diabetic Patients in Need
A huge thanks to Joe Balavage from Help a Diabetic Child, Inc. for organizing a large donation of insulin to the Senior Friendship Health Center which was forced to destroy its insulin supplies after Hurricane Irma. $50,000 worth of insulin (retail) was provided by Insulin for Life USA. All the insulin will benefit seniors at the Senior Friendship Health Center in Naples. We would like also like to thank the von Arx Family Foundation Southwest Diabetes Conference. What a team effort! On behalf of the many diabetic older adults we serve, we offer our sincere gratitude!



Senior Friendship Health Center Requests Personal Care Items for Patients in Need

Many of our senior clients in the Naples area have been left homeless and have been without basic needs for weeks since Hurricane Irma. This can be a major setback to patient's health and well-being during what is a very stressful time.

  Items requested include:
- Dental hygiene supplies (toothbrush,              toothpaste, floss, mouthwash)
- Denture cleaning tablets
- Gloves (all sizes: small, medium, large)
- Bandages
- Hand sanitizer
- Disinfectant wipes
- Alcohol wipes
- Extra strength Tylenol or Aleve
- Gauze
- Insect repellent
All items should be new and unopened. We will accept all brands. Items should be delivered to the SFHC location at 2355 Stanford Court, Unit #701, Naples, FL 34112, across from the St. Matthew's House Donation Center, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

UPCOMING EVENTS
Be a Legacy Hero 
Join the Friendship Centers' Legacy Society
A helping hand for generations to come


The  Friendship Centers' Legacy Society recognizes compassionate people who have thoughtfully included the Senior Friendship Centers Foundation, Inc. in their estate planning and have informed us in writing of their plans. 

Every Legacy gift helps to sustain the Friendship Centers and grow core programs and services for older adults in the communities we serve.  Legacy Society members are able to see the fruits of their gifts, in their lifetimes. They are honored and recognized for their generosity  on a permanent plaque in our Legacy Corners, at an annual Legacy Reception and at special events throughout the year.

Let us help you design a gift in perpetuity that reflects your values.

To learn more, contact  Jane Icely Charitable Giving Officer, 941.556.3215.
Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities 
 
Would you like to know more about how a corporate sponsorship can benefit your business while showing your support for older adults in our community?

Contact us to learn more:
 
Marty Katz at 941.556.3253,  mkatz@friendshipcenters.org
Jane Icely at 941.556.3215,  mjicely@friendshipcenters.org


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