JULY 2020

A message from
Kim Vogt,
GRAPE President
Hello GRAPE Members,

As Carol stated in the June newsletter, thank you, thank you, thank you all so very much! This has been an unprecedented year and one none of us expected. We have truly dedicated members, sponsors, committees, board members, and staff who helped us end this unforeseen year with a successful first ever virtual GRAPE Gala. Here’s to it hopefully being our first and last virtual Gala. Fingers crossed! Thank you again for the amazing work by all who planned and participated.  

Our summer is finally here and things are loosening up a bit. While it is welcome news that we are heading into Phase 4 of reopening here in New York State, we still have many questions to be answered and unknowns ahead of us. This includes GRAPE and how we will move ahead related to the 2020-2021 GRAPE Program year. All of our committees continue to meet, strategize and move forward with plans to provide educational, advocacy, marketing and networking opportunities.

We will be setting up our regular schedule of breakfast and lunch educational opportunities, with the understanding that we will need to be flexible as we find our way. Please keep an eye out for our communication via email, Facebook and newsletters with the information you will need to participate in these programs.

I can’t wait until we are able to meet in person and enjoy one another’s company, but until then we will continue to create safe opportunities for our members. If you have ideas, questions or concerns please reach out to me, Carol or anyone on the committees. We are here for you.  

All my Best,
The GRAPE year and all memberships ended on June 30. You can renew now by using the pay buttons when you login to your GRAPE account or by contacting the GRAPE office at
(585) 256-4351 or info@grapelder.org. This has been a strange and difficult time for our group and we thank all of our members for supporting GRAPE and each other so we can move forward.
GRAPE 28th Annual Gala Fundraiser

Congratulations to the Gala Committee, led by
co-chairs Alison Bearer and Meghan Little, for your work and creativity to move our event online!
Thank you to CCOR for sponsoring our online fundraiser page and to those that purchased tickets, you have been notified if you won!

We would also like to thank the following for donating such great items:

  • Sue Barnes
  • Carol Bartlett
  • Alison Bearer
  • Black & Blue
  • Black Button Distilling
  • CCOR
  • Sue Cholach-Mary Kay Consultant
  • Elderwood Health Plan
  • Elderwood of Lakeside at Brockport
  • Rochester Regional Health's Edna T. Wilson Living Center and Wegman Family Cottages
  • HealthDirect Pharmacy
  • Jewish Senior Life
  • Meghan Little
  • Memorial Art Gallery
  • Rehouse Architecture
  • Paul Ryan
  • The Village at Unity
  • Kim Vogt
A big thank you to the following organizations who sponsored GRAPE!

Rochester Regional's Edna Tina Wilson Living Center and Wegman Family Cottages are very generously sponsoring GRAPE at the Vineyard Level
We are so excited to learn Seniors Rock Radio is back and on WHAM1180!
Joanna Palvino, long time GRAPE member will still be hosting at her new radio home and talking about senior issues - be sure to tune in!
The Marketing and Program Committees
will continue to meet over the summer to plan for networking and meetings. Other committees will regroup later this summer and in the fall. Volunteers are needed!
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact the GRAPE office or a committee chair - GET INVOLVED
Thank you to St. John's for hosting GRAPE's Monthly Membership Breakfast Meetings!

 Thank you to Legacy at Clover Blossom for hosting the monthly GRAPE
board meetings and committee meetings!

GRAPE New Members in June

Melissa Tekle
Director of Community Engagement
Kalos Health 
2424 Niagara Falls Blvd.
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Direct Cell: 585-369-3309
Phone: 716-216-8368

Carol Dulski
United Healthcare
6249 Hawks Road
Naples, NY 14512
(585) 531-9048

Karissa Kuhl
WNY Recruiting & Sales Associate
Nurse Connection Staffing
140 Metro Park
Rochester, NY 14623
Phone: (585) 397-0634

If you are "zoomed out" you will appreciate this !

With all of the cleaning out we have all been doing, here are some great ideas shared by Erin Schneider at Heather Heights

Summer is upon us and you know what that means right? It is garage and yard sale season. It is always nice to turn your once treasured items into a little extra cash, but have you ever considered alternative options for some of those items?

There are low income seniors throughout the Rochester community who would cherish and appreciate your gentle used items. So before you slap a price tag on it and put it on your lawn for passersby, think about donating them to your local nursing home or senior community. 

·          Stuffed Animals
The cute and fuzzy creatures that your children couldn’t live without would make any nursing home room feel warm and cozy. The stuffed animals that were once coveted by your children could receive a little extra love from a senior in your community.

·          Blankets
We have all spent time within the four walls of a hospital or rehab center and while these environments are safe and clean, they don’t always give us that “homey” feel. If you have a stack of blankets ready for your garage sale pick a few nice ones to donate and brighten up someone’s room for at least a little while.

·          Puzzles and Games
These are popular at senior communities and provide residents and patients hours of entertainment. Decks of cards, dominos, chess, checkers and jigsaw puzzles will always get good use and can be used as a way for seniors to socialize.

·          Books
“A reader lived a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one.” – George R.R. Martin.
Books are the perfect way to occupy time and travel to a place far away without ever leaving your chair. Books of any kind (large print is great but not necessary) are always appreciated and can brighten up anyone’s day.

·          Arts and Craft Supplies/Stationary
If you’re like me, you tend to buy everything you need to start a hobby, but it doesn’t always take-off. Nursing homes and senior living communities can always put those items to good use! Knitting supplies, jewelry making kits, sketchpads and colored pencils are welcome donations and recreation directors can use these items to connect with a resident who might be less engaged at social gatherings.

*Please check with the communities prior for any restrictions/rules.
The GRAPE staff has returned to the office after working remotely since March.
You can reach us at (585) 256-4351 or info@grapelder.org .
Let us know how we can assist!
Don't forget about one of our most valuable resources:
The ElderPages Directory!
If you are looking for more information or a referral for a client, be sure to visit theelderpages.com for resources. Bookmark the page for easy reference and keep your own information up to date, too!
A special thank you to our
newsletter editors:
Hillary Paine Hopkins
The Highlands at Pittsford
Sandy Swanson
Licensed Massage Therapist
Erin Schneider
Heather Heights

Carol Bartlett, Executive Director