Senior Community Services plans to hold its first-ever Inaugural Awards Gala on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at the Springfield Country Club to recognize three crucial figures within the Delaware County aging services community. The honorees are the late Edward E. Baum, longtime SCS board member and volunteer, Denise V. Stewart, Director of the County Office of Services for the Aging, and SAP North America, a multinational corporation with its US headquarters in Newtown Square. The night will begin with a cocktail hour, giving attendees a chance to survey items in the silent auction. Dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Besides the award presentations, the event will include dinner, dessert, and dancing to the sounds of Best Kept Soul.
In March, SCS lost Edward E. Baum, who joined SCS’ board in 1987, and served in several leadership positions and board committees, including board president. Mr. Baum’s background as a public health professional, involvement with SCS at the governance level, and his dedication as a volunteer illustrated his deep concern for the health and welfare of seniors. Mr. Baum donated more than 300 hours of his time every year to the APPRISE Medicare counseling program. SCS is the county-designated provider for this program that provides health insurance counseling to nearly 10,000 individuals a year.
“Mr. Baum was known affectionately as the ‘Dean’ of the [APPRISE] program, leading other volunteer counselors by example. His significant and unique contributions to the agency continue to shape crucial decisions and help keep the agency’s programs aligned with our mission,” said Arthur Weisfeld, SCS’ Executive Director.
Denise V. Stewart started her career in older adult services with SCS in 1980. She was appointed Director of COSA in 2013, after serving as Deputy Director since 2001. Ms. Stewart’s tenure has been distinguished by growth in the number of older adults COSA serves, positive changes in how COSA delivers programs, and excellence in meeting the needs of the county’s older adults. SCS’ care management and caregiver support programs, subcontracted through COSA, serve nearly 2,000 older adults in Delaware County every year.
SAP North America has established a reputation as a leader in corporate social responsibility. With programs that support youth, STEM education and digital literacy, SAP makes a difference in the lives of thousands of people and organization. By matching employee gifts and encouraging volunteer service, SAP also provides support for Delaware County seniors. Margot Goodson, SAP North America’s Head of Diversity and Inclusion, will accept the award on behalf of SAP North America.
For over 40 years, SCS has promoted meaningful, independent living for Delaware County older adults through direct programs and services in homes and in the community. In 2019, SCS helped over 23,000 older adults, about one in five of the county’s older adult population, through its senior centers, a “center without walls,” congregate meals and in-home services like care management, home-delivered meals, and an Aging at Home program that helps more than 300 Greater Lansdowne and Ridley residents with home repair and handyman services.
For event information contact SCS’ Development Team:
John Federico, Director of Advancement at email@example.com or (484) 496 – 2147
Lynn O'Connor, Associate Director of Advancement at firstname.lastname@example.org or (484) 496 – 2142
For more information about SCS, visit www.scsdelco.org