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Waveny Care Network Honors Donors and Legacy Society Members

Posted on October 14, 2010

Waveny Care Network thanked its many contributors for their loyal support and commitment at their Donor Recognition Event on Thursday, October 14.  Close to 200 guests attended including honorees pictured here from right to left:  Charlie and Alice Parker with their daughters Renee Delmolino and Trisha Bell and husbands Mike and Matt.

 New Canaan – With close to 200 people in attendance, Waveny Care Network recently thanked its many contributors at a donor reception on Thursday, October 14.  Alice and Charlie Parker and The Young Women’s League of New Canaan were honored for their loyal support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.

 “In recognition of your consistent generosity and well-roundedness as leaders in our donor community, it is our great privilege to honor our dear friends Alice and Charlie Parker,” said Harry Rein, Board Chair of Waveny Care Network. “The wisdom, work and wealth you both have shared with us is unquantifiable and appreciated beyond words. You truly are the dynamic duo!” 

From their six Swinging for Seniors’ gold sponsorships and collective work as
co-chairs and raffle solicitors for Waveny’s fundraising outings, to their dedicated service as top annual appeal solicitors every year, the Parkers are role-models in philanthropy and to the community as a whole. The Parkers have been members of the Development Committee for several years as well as co-chairs for the annual ‘Swinging for Seniors’ Golf & Tennis Outing. New Canaan residents now for 41 years, Charlie and  Alice were instrumental in establishing new fundraisers and friendraisers for Waveny including the Cava and annual mixed-doubles paddle event. Alice is an active member of several organizations including the PTC, Girls Scouts, and New Canaan Garden Club. She was instrumental in revitalizing Waveny’s Walled garden – a project to this day is considered to be one of the Garden Club’s most impactful initiatives. Charlie Parker has served on several boards including the Advisory Council for the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado. He was Director at the Continental Corporation.

 The Young Women’s League of New Canaan was also specially honored for their long history of support to Waveny.  “Over the years, The Young Women’s League has raised more than $1 million in charitable grants distributed to over 70 local and regional organizations,” said Rein. “We are most grateful to have been a regular recipient.” Funding from The Young Women’s League has helped Waveny to be in the forefront with its Women’s Health & Wellness Program at New Canaan Inn; neuromuscular electrical stimulation system devices that offer revolutionary therapy on an inpatient and outpatient basis; and the Nintendo Wii® intergenerational program. “It is our honor to celebrate this important community group, which since 1973 has blossomed into an important civic resource of over 200 dedicated members. The Young Women’s League is a special organization - they give; they gift; and they educate others to do the same.”

 Legacy Society members Elizabeth Erb was posthumously recognized and honored at the event for her generous bequest to Waveny. According to her family, Elizabeth’s bequest represents “the affection and high regard she had for Waveny Care Center and the services it provides to the community.”  Elizabeth was a resident of New Canaan since 1956 and was active in many local organizations. She was elected to the first New Canaan Town Council in 1970 and served two terms. She was also past President of The New Canaan Community Foundation. Giving back to her community was a paramount priority to Elizabeth and Waveny is deeply grateful to have received such a spectacular gesture of her respect and adoration.

The entertainment for the evening was provided by The Magical Music Singers of the Magical Music for Life Foundation. Founded by Carter Norton, the Foundation’s mission is to use music to better the lives of children and help them learn, find reassurance and confidence through music. “It is so wonderful for our children to get out and support their community by giving back and supporting local non-profit organization such as Waveny,” said Ms. Norton.  The Magical Music Singers strive to participate in local events in order to strengthen, support and become part of their community and to better the lives of everyone involved.

 Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program with transportation and flexible hours six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs and hospice care at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.