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September 9, 2009 > It's rock and roll time for seniors

It's rock and roll time for seniors

By Meenu Gupta
Photos By Courtesy of Linette Young

No man is an island but often faced with transportation challenges, many seniors are confined to their homes. Since 1993, Tri-City Elder Coalition (TCEC) has sponsored Seniors' Night Out to celebrate an evening of friendship, food and fun. It is a time when community leaders, organizations and individuals celebrate seniors by escorting them for an evening out which includes entertainment, good food and friendship. On Friday, September 25, TCEC will host its Seniors' Night Out at the Newark/Fremont Hilton. This is the Coalition's 16th Night Out event and the theme is "Down on the Bayou." Those interested in becoming an escort have the option of either escorting a senior known to them or being paired by event organizers. Donations will also be gladly accepted from anyone who would like to support the senior community but may not be available to attend Senior's Night Out.

This is the primary fundraiser for Pathways to Positive Aging, the Coalition's plan to improve the lives of local seniors. "We need sponsors to pay for the senior's dinners and escorts who can pick up the seniors in their homes and enjoy the dinner and dancing with them," said. Aging and Family Services Administrator, Karen Grimsich. The price for an escort dinner is $50. To purchase a dinner for a senior and for an escort is $100. "Cargill Salt is our lead sponsor this year with a much appreciated $5,000 gift," said Grimsich. The event chairperson is Pete Stark.

Proceeds from the event benefit seniors in need, as well as Pathways to Positive Aging projects. TCEC's Personal Urgent Need (PUN) fund. PUN grant are one-time endowments given to seniors in desperate need who have no other form of financial assistance. "This is a pot of funds that can be used to support seniors during a special time of need. This year, with the cuts in the State's funding, we are seeing an increase in the need for these mini-grants," said Grimsich. As of July 1, low-income seniors are no longer able to access dental care, audiology, podiatry, and purchase incontinence supplies. The Coalition has recently authorized PUN funds to be used for emergency tooth ache treatment and hearing aid repair. "We expect to see more seniors request assistance with PG&E and other basic needs," said Grimsich.

To sponsor the event or for more information contact City of Fremont Human Services Department at (510) 574-2030. Contact Linette Young (510) 818-9888 or email if you know of a senior who would like to attend.

Seniors Night Out
Down on the Bayou
Friday, September 25
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Newark/Fremont Hilton Hotel
39900 Balentine Drive, Newark
(510) 574-2030

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