Congressman Ed Perlmutter – visited the Seniors’ Resource Center (SRC) on March 12, 2015 to acknowledge SRC’s 2014 Leading Age Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award. SRC participants, Board, staff and other community leaders attended the event where the Congressman presented the proclamation that he had read into the Congressional Record during the 114th congressional session. SRC received notice of the award in September of 2014.
Praising SRC for its devotion to the senior community, Perlmutter read a congratulatory letter : “In recognition of exemplifying LeadingAge’s seven key attributes; Productive, Empowering, Effective, Enriching, Reliable, Responsive and Caring that characterize high-performing non-profits, I extend my deepest congratulations for this well-deserved [award]. Thank you for everything you do in our community.”
John Zabawa, SRC President/CEO thanked Congressman Perlmutter for his support saying “Congressman Perlmutter is a long-time champion of older adults and veterans, it takes all of us to accomplish this. ”As a life-time resident of Jefferson County and long-time supporter of SRC, Perlmutter said,“This is my old neighborhood, people love to live in the Jefferson County and Denver area and we don’t leave.”
The ceremony was held in SRC’s newest facility, a project the Congressman has followed from the beginning. Perlmutter attended the groundbreaking ceremony in 2010. “Seeing this building gives me lots of pleasure and pride. Thank you for being willing to make our community just that much better.” Perlmutter extended his gratitude to the SRC board, staff and community partners, assuring their service “has not gone unnoticed,” even on the national level.
Surprising the attendants, staff and Perlmutter alike, Perlmutter was given a painting created by one of SRC’s Adult Day and Respite Services’ (ADRS) many talented artists. ADRS Site Coordinator Lacey Hayden presented the painting, explaining they let participants know that he was coming and “decided to have a watercolor contest to create a gift to thank him”, showing their gratitude towards the Congressman’s visit and long-time relationship with SRC.
Leading Age, is a national association with a mission to expand the world of possibilities for aging. Their membership includes 6000 not-for-profit organizations representing the entire field of aging partners and hundreds of businesses, consumer groups, foundations and research partners. SRC was given Leading Age’s Excellence in Not-for-Profit Leadership Award in 2014 for their tireless efforts to advocate for and empower Colorado seniors and caregiving community.
Thanks to The Wheat Ridge Transcript for covering the event.