Excellence is Ageless Gala Honors Seniors, Celebrates Abundant Life®
More than 540 friends, business partners, staff and residents of Lutheran SeniorLife gathered at Heinz Field on April 25 for the 11th annual Excellence is Ageless Gala and Awards Celebration. Proceeds from the event benefit benevolent care. This year, $201,000 was raised to continue providing an Abundant Life® for our residents who have outlived their financial resources.
The Honorable Tom Ridge and Dr. Mark Wholey, M.D. were the Gala honorees. This award is given to individuals age 55 and older who have made significant contributions to the community through profession, service, philanthropy or leadership. Chris Martin, president, Southwest Region of Northwest Savings Bank served as Gala Chairman.
Dr. Wholey is an internationally recognized interventional radiologist, co-founder of MEDRAD, and an inventor of the Wholey Wire used in vascular procedures. He is currently Director of the Center for Vascular and Neurovascular Interventions at Allegheny General Hospital.
Mr. Ridge served our country as the first secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania. He is currently President and CEO of Ridge Global, an international security and risk management firm.
In his remarks, Ridge shared his thoughts on getting older. “Aging is just a number,” he said, noting that many things improve as they age such as wine and wood. People, he said, are the same. “Getting older means getting better.”
David Fenoglietto, president and CEO of Lutheran SeniorLife, acknowledged the ever-changing needs of seniors as they age, and re-affirmed Lutheran SeniorLife’s commitment to serve elders in a manner that aligns with the lifestyles and needs of older adults.
“We believe and accept that senior living models of yesterday, and even today, do not have to be the future,” Fenoglietto said. “We will continue to look ahead and when needed or called upon, will change the model of senior living to ensure that each person can live with dignity and respect, and to have access to health and wellness programs that elevate opportunities to support a person’s autonomy, decision making and meaningful engagement in today’s world.”
The evening’s festivities included a silent auction featuring several pieces of original art crafted by friends, residents and staff of Lutheran SeniorLife. Entertainment was provided by the Kenny Blake Trio. The invocation was given by The Rev. Brian A. Evans, STS, senior pastor, First English Evangelical Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh, and the benediction was given by The Rev. Kurt F. Kusserow, Bishop of the Southwestern Pennsylvania Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
Martin gave special thanks to those who participated and supported this event. “Your generous and thoughtful contributions will help Lutheran SeniorLife continue its mission to serve elders now and in the years to come, by providing them with opportunities to live an Abundant Life® regardless of their physical condition or financial circumstances,” he said.
Pictured at right: The Honorable Tom Ridge, Gala honoree; Chris Martin, Gala chairman; Dr. Mark Wholey, M.D., Gala honoree
Please enjoy additional pictures from the 2014 Excellence is Ageless Gala below.