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Gary and Mary West Foundation Honored for Intergenerational Work

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Shelley Lyford accepting the award on behalf of the Gary and Mary West Foundation.

It is my pleasure to share the good news that the Gary and Mary West Foundation has been awarded the 2015 Generations United Leadership Award for Outstanding Support of Intergenerational Programs. For nearly three decades, Generations United has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together.

This distinguished award honors the innovative and invaluable philanthropic support the Foundation has given to intergenerational programs over the years that build bridges between young and old individuals in San Diego County, valuing their unique strengths and contributions. I was honored to accept it on behalf of Gary and Mary and the Foundation at the organization’s international conference today in Hawaii.

In my remarks, I underscored Gary and Mary’s dedication and passion for making successful aging a reality for seniors and their loved ones so they can live high-quality, engaged lives with choice, dignity and independence. I emphasized the importance of fact that 10,000 people turn 65 every day, which is why our collective work with our grantees is focused on improving seniors’ lives and achieving the best health outcomes for a fraction of the current cost.

The Foundation is proud of our wide array of high-impact intergenerational grants. An example of our work is a program we coordinated with Serving Seniors at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center where we brought teenagers in from neighboring communities to provide computer help and technical assistance to the Wellness Center’s elderly clients. It was a resounding success as the seniors enjoyed interacting with young people, which in turn increased the teens’ overall awareness of, and respect for, the issues facing low-income and homeless older adults.

Please join me in congratulating Gary and Mary and the Foundation for this award and thanking them for their immeasurable, selfless contributions to healthcare and our nation.

Shelley Lyford
President, Gary and Mary West Foundation

 

Gary and Mary West Awarded the 2015 Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award

Gary and Mary West were awarded the distinguished 2015 Herb Klein Civic Leadership Award last night by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Named for former San Diego Union-Tribune Publisher and civic icon Herb Klein, this prestigious award honors business and community leaders who have made significant contributions to improving our region.

Mr. West graciously accepted the award on behalf of West Health, the Foundation and all of their grantees saying, “Their hard work and dedication make everything we do possible. This is their award—and Mary and I are very proud to accept it on their behalf.”

The Wests were recognized for their leadership and generous outcome-oriented philanthropy through the efforts of the Foundation and West Health at the event celebrating the EDC’s 50th year and attracting more than 900 San Diego business leaders. In particular, the award focused on Gary and Mary’s tremendous support of our region’s scientific advancements and medical research innovations, improving the quality of lives of thousands of seniors and supporting returning veterans – all of which have proven invaluable to our community and its citizens.

In his remarks, Mr. West underscored his and Mary’s dedication to making successful aging a reality for seniors and their loved ones so they can live high-quality, engaged lives with choice, dignity and independence. He urged the influential attendees to consider the nation’s growing senior population as they lead their respective businesses saying, “Every eight seconds someone turns 65…think about the healthcare needs of our aging population: your parents, your grandparents, and, someday, yourself. How can we improve lives and achieve the best health outcomes for a fraction of the current cost? San Diego has the opportunity to become a ‘model city’ where seniors age successfully in their homes. We can become the ‘gold standard’ by which all other cities are measured,” Mr. West said.

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