ESSENCE OF LIFE
ESSENCE OF LIFE
ESSENCE OF LIFE
Sunday, March 22, 2020
YOU MAKE IT POSSIBLE
On a day that was to be our biggest celebration of the year, we instead turned our focus to helping seniors Shelter in Place through crisis.
With your help we are making it possible for seniors to receive grocery deliveries to their doorsteps, friendly check-in calls, and rides for essential appointments.
We acknowledge the steadfast sponsors who support our mission and work. We also recognize our amazing 2020 honorees. Their stories will be shared throughout the year until we can give them full recognition at next year’s event.
There is still much work to do in the days and weeks ahead, and we know we can do it with your help. Because of you, we celebrate the true Essence of Life as we watch our community rise to help seniors in need.
Deb’s Thank You to the Community
Kristen seeks challenges and finds solutions. As owner of Keepsake Companions, Kristen embraces and supports the needs of older adults in our community, not just as a business, but as a passion. “I see no boundaries,” cites Kristen when asked about helping seniors. “We have to work together as a society to take care of all people.” Kristen’s advocacy for older adults has epic impact with global reach–through ElderHelp, through legislative involvement, and through relentless efforts to create a better world for all.
As one of 11 children, Michele was raised by parents who believed in serving. After retiring from a career in systems engineering, Michele joined ElderHelp’s volunteer team as a friendly visitor, Seniors A Go Go driver, and office volunteer making check-in calls on Friday mornings. Overhearing staff discuss implementation of a new software system, Michele jumped in to help—giving us more time with clients and helping us work more efficiently.
THE SYCUAN BAND OF THE KUMEYAAY NATION
Honoring a rich tradition of respect for elders, The Sycuan Band of Kumeyaay Indians supports local seniors. We are grateful for a 20 year partnership that spans program support, volunteer service, and in-kind donations that directly improve the lives older adults.
LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN SEISSIGER
Enlisting at age 17, John’s service to country as a US Marine spanned 30 years. He fought in three wars, came home, earned a Master’s degree from SDSU, and built a life in San Diego as a CPA. But ask John about his astounding accomplishments, and he’ll humbly tell you that he “had nothing better to do.” Lee Covell, John’s former employer–now friend and companion—is honored to support this hero who lives independently in his home.
THE G.O.L.D. DIGGERS
Gifts of Loving Donors
Founded on the principles of Philanthropy, Friendship, & Community, the G.O.L.D. Diggers set out to make “Gifts Of Loving Donors” to San Diego’s most vulnerable populations. From a core group of just four women, they’ve donated over $715,000 over the past 25 years to worthy causes San Diego causes. We at ElderHelp are honored to be one of them. Through their famous “Hats Off” events, they build community awareness and raise not only valuable funding, but also the spirits of everyone they encounter.
CYNTHIA HANSEN MEMBER SPOTLIGHT
As ElderHelp’s Program Coordinator, Cynthia had a gentle, yet direct approach to making sure seniors received the vital services they needed. Honoring her memory, we’re recognizing Gilbert Olson a client who loves and appreciates his rides through Seniors A Go Go and the friendly visitors who spend time chatting about times gone by.