Donors Honored for Steadfast Support of Waveny LifeCare Network
Posted on November 5, 2014
Waveny LifeCare Network thanked its many contributors for their steadfast support and commitment at a Donor Recognition Event on Thursday, October 23. More than 200 guests attended including honorees Lila Coleman (left) and The Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation represented by Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs.
With more than 200 people in attendance, Waveny LifeCare Network recently thanked its many contributors at a donor reception on Thursday, October 23. Both Lila Coleman and The Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation were honored for their loyal support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.
“Nurturing our organization for over 31 years with a unique spirit of generosity, goodwill and humor, it is our great privilege to honor our dear friend, Lila Coleman.,” said Tom Lewis, Waveny’s Board Chair. Volunteering with Waveny for over 3250 hours, Coleman was a Waveny Board Member for three terms and served actively on both the Nominating and Development Committees. She also assisted with our nurses, helped to beautify Waveny’s grounds and gardens, participated and directed social hours, and is currently acting as our Monday lunchtime cashier. She has hugely supporting Waveny’s most critical projects and campaigns both as a contributor as well as an influencer – a prime example being The Village’s capital campaign. Lila is also a founding member of our Legacy Society through her thoughtful long-term plans.
“She is a selfless woman who has dedicated most of her life to helping others, and continues to do so,” said Lewis. “Lila has made a difference in the lives of so many here in this audience, the New Canaan community and especially here at Waveny through her advice, experience, friendship, vision, leadership and inspiration.” A teacher by profession – as are all three of her children - Lila has assumed a new calling in teaching by nurturing and inspiring a whole new generation, including her nine grand-children and two great-grand-children.
The Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation was also recognized for its significant support of Waveny over the years. A long-time New Canaan resident, Barbara Benton Davis (better known as Bobbie) lived life with an “elegant zest.” A proponent of women’s education, the arts and an animal lover, Barbara had a passion for giving back to the community. When she set about her estate planning, she strategically chose to make a charitable bequest in her will to Fairfield County’s Community Foundation as a way to benefit the local community as a whole for years to come. Projects at Waveny supported by this special fund have made lasting impacts upon the quality of life for many. Specifically, monies from this fund enabled Waveny to expand their scholarship program to include Waveny’s Adult Day Program participants and to launch a collaborative program between Waveny, Norwalk Hospital and Soundview Medical in an ongoing effort to evaluate the possibility of introducing a transitional care program which focuses on seniors with complicated health issues.
“Philanthropy plays an important role in ensuring that all seniors, regardless of their ability to pay, can access important community programs and resources,” said Karen Brown, Vice President of Programs. “Clearly, Barbara Benton Davis understood these community needs.”
Waveny LifeCare 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 The Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home, the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, Geriatric Care Management, an Adult Day Program available on weekdays with flexible hours, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs at The Village and Care Center. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or visit www.waveny.org.