Donors Honored for Loyal Support of Waveny LifeCare Network
Posted on October 31, 2016
With close to 200 guests in attendance, Waveny LifeCare Network thanked its many contributors at its annual Donor Recognition reception on Thursday, October 20. Dede and Jim Bartlett, Carole Clarkson and Tripp Killin of the Jeniam Foundation, and Legacy Society inductees Emily and Tom Nissley were honored for their long-time support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.
“In recognition of their extraordinary generosity, countless contributions to the community and valued support of Waveny, it is our honor to recognize our dear friends Dede and Jim Bartlett,” said Todd Lampert, Waveny’s Board Chair. As key Waveny advocates for decades, the Bartletts have supported Waveny’s most critical projects and campaigns, both as contributors and influencers. They have been long-time sponsors and participants in “Swinging for Seniors,” Waveny’s annual Golf & Tennis fundraiser, and have provided numerous grants earmarked to back humanitarian efforts at Waveny like its Adult Day Program assistance fund.
“Outside of Waveny, the Bartletts’ history and contributions are equally as significant,” said Lampert. “Their world of service has made countless positive impacts on our community and beyond.”
Andrew Clarkson and the Jeniam Foundation were also specially honored. For decades, Andrew was a trusted advisor and the driving force behind Waveny’s Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, one of the few geriatric assessment clinics in the state of Connecticut in a non-hospital setting.
Andrew’s interest in the “practical” underpinned the success of countless operational projects at Waveny, especially those involving technology. Programs supported by the Jeniam Foundation included a digital Care Tracking system which laid the foundation for Waveny’s next step into paperless records through Electronic Medical Records. Jeniam generously provided additional grant monies to cover staff training associated with this transition. Before WiFi was commonplace, the Foundation funded a wireless access network throughout Waveny’s entire main campus to equip the organization with this important resource proactively and far ahead of its time.
“Andrew will be forever remembered for the thousands of lives he touched, the countless organizations he helped, the community he loved, and his life’s motto of ‘Learn, Earn and Return,’” said Joanne Boyer, Waveny’s Director of Development. “Anyone fortunate enough to have met him is better off for having done so.”
Emily and Tom Nissley were recognized as Waveny’s newest Legacy Society inductees, and thanked for their thoughtfulness in naming Waveny as the recipient of a very generous gift in their estate plans. The Nissleys have been long-time supporters of the organization’s key fundraising efforts throughout the years, in addition to funding grants that have bolstered Waveny’s entertainment and communications systems.
Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a non-profit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or email [email protected].