Honoring Our Veterans

November 14, 2017 - S F

On Friday, November 10, 2017, Serving Seniors held a very special Veterans Day celebration to honor our veterans and their spouses. We welcomed two Girl Scout troops, six active duty Navy representatives, a Navy Captain, five WWII veterans, dozens of veterans from the Vietnam, Korean and Gulf wars, some peace-time veterans, the Serving Seniors Singers and local media.

Special Guests

Girl Scout Troops 4344 and 4823 led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and thanked our veterans, then the Serving Seniors Singers performed “America the Beautiful.”

Paul Downey, President and CEO of Serving Seniors, and Captain Brien W. Dickson, Commanding Officer of Naval Base Point Loma, delivered remarks honoring and thanking our veterans. Mr. Downey shared a poignant first-hand experience of coincidentally meeting a WWII veteran at Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial during his travels in France a few years ago.

We honored all the veterans present by playing the “Salute to the Services” and asking them to stand for applause during their service branch’s song. The veterans were also presented with hand-made thank-yous from the Girl Scouts, and certificates of appreciation from Serving Seniors.

“They Deserve Our Gratitude 365 Days a Year”

Paul Downey summed up the cause for celebration and suggested we honor our veterans by treating all people with dignity and respect:

“Nearly 25% of our clients at Serving Seniors are veterans. They are diverse in their backgrounds, cultures and walks of life, but they have at least one thing in common: they all answered the call to be part of something bigger than themselves, which transformed them from ordinary to extraordinary citizens.”

“Let us honor them today, and every day, by upholding the admirable American values they fought, and died, to defend: liberty, equality, individualism, diversity and unity. Let us honor their service by treating all people with dignity and respect, even when we disagree with them. Let us show our gratitude to our veterans by remembering, respecting and appreciating the bold ideals that this country was built on, that they defended, and treating each other accordingly.”

“As They Served Our Nation and All of Us, Let Us Now Serve Them”

When the formal program concluded the veterans and Captain Dickson came forward to cut the ceremonial cake, then the Navy representatives and Girl Scouts served lunch. There were smiles all around and it was a beautiful, meaningful event – thank you to everyone who came out to honor our veterans with us!

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We’d like to thank Balloon Guru for generously donating the balloons!

Local Elsevier Branch Supports Serving Seniors

October 14, 2017 - S F

succulent in yellow potOur friends at Elsevier San Diego held a baked goods and succulent sale this week and generously chose Serving Seniors as the beneficiary of funds raised! The succulents were beautiful and varied, and assembled by the Elsevier team, and the baked goods were tantalizing.

The fall-themed bazaar was held in the lobby of Elsevier’s building on B Street and open to everyone. Elsevier employees staffed the event and shared information about Serving Seniors.

Elsevier has supported Serving Seniors for many years: at least one Elsevier employee is a past board member, and the organization’s employees regularly volunteer at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, serving lunch to the seniors.

We’re deeply grateful for the time, energy, funds and smiles Elsevier has donated and look forward to many more years of partnership!

If you’d like to host your own event on behalf of Serving Seniors, please email shannon.fogg@servingseniors.org. To learn more about volunteering, visit this page.


About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of information solutions that enhance the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care.

“We help researchers make new discoveries, collaborate with their colleagues and give them the knowledge they need to find funding. We help governments and universities evaluate and improve their research strategies. We help doctors save lives, providing insight for physicians to find the right clinical answers and we support nurses and other healthcare professionals throughout their careers.”


succulents on table

Senior Idol 2017

August 29, 2017 - S F

On Thursday, August 24 we held our immensely popular annual talent competition, Senior Idol, at the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center. This year’s competition boasted fifteen phenomenal acts, one exceptional emcee, four judges and two generous sponsors. Performers and audience members alike enjoyed a talent-filled afternoon; the dining-room-turned-performance-hall was standing room only.

The Intuit company band welcomed audience members with a delightful collection of 50s and 60s-era chart-topping songs as they entered the dining room and made their way to seats. The band was so lively and talented that while we waited for the official program to begin, some of our seniors started dancing! Maybe every talent show should start with an impromptu dance party — it certainly put everyone in the mood to enjoy the show and support the performers.

Queen Johnson, a member of Serving Seniors’ Civic Engagement Committee, emceed the event and shared fun facts and tidbits about each contestant before they showed off their talents. The senior contestants dazzled us with their singing and musical talents, made us laugh with their comedy, inspired us with their art and moved us with their poetry.

Jose G. took home first place with his rousing performance of a “La Bamba”/”Twist and Shout” medley. The Serving Seniors Singers took home second place for their musical contribution while Julia M. and Candelario O. took home third and fourth place, respectively.

Darwin C. kicked off the event with a comedy routine à la Rodney Dangerfield, then Elizabeth “Lisa” V. played a Beethoven piece on the piano. Bob B., Ines N., Beatrice T., Candelario “Candy” O., Steve T., Avelina G., Larry L., Jose G. and the Serving Seniors Singers all performed songs. Donna Jean J., Julia M. and Patricia A. each read pieces of poetry and Dan O. painted (while dancing!) to music.

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