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.
President, Gary and Mary West Foundation