The Connecticut Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently recognized Wanda Avila, Whitney Center’s Memory Support Coordinator, for the Most Growth in Fundraising in 2014 and recognized Whitney Center for its Bronze Sponsorship of the 2014 New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
Whitney Center, a senior living community, located in Hamden, Conn., has been a longtime supporter of the Alzheimer’s Association and is proud of Avila for her commitment to the residents she serves and her dedication and efforts in fundraising.
“To be recognized and awarded the Most Growth in Fundraising and to also see Whitney Center be awarded the Bronze Sponsorship Award confirms that every little bit we do to support the mission to end Alzheimer’s makes a difference,” said Avila.
Team Whitney Center participated in the 2014 New Haven Walk to End Alzheimer’s, raising $470 at the walk. Avila and her co-workers also coordinated fundraising efforts, including selling water bottles and bracelets, holding a bake sale, and having a Spa Night for residents, staff and family members at Whitney Center’s Spa on Main, raising an additional $1,500 for the Alzheimer’s Association.
“I am on the Alzheimer’s Association Connecticut Chapter Volunteer Committee,” said Avila. “I am more committed than ever to raise awareness in the fight against Alzheimer’s.”
Avila, who has worked at Whitney Center for five years, takes great pride in her work and inspires others with her passion for this cause.
“As a Memory Support Coordinator, I ensure that we provide excellent resident care and programming as well as outreach and support to families,” said Avila. “My goal is to create an atmosphere of warmth, comfort, security and joyfulness for my residents.”
Avila said she has already started thinking about fundraising efforts for this year’s walk, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 27 at Lighthouse Point Park, and she encourages others to join her in the mission.
“I witness daily the impact this disease has on my residents, their families and even caretakers,” said Avila. “Being acknowledged confirms that the message is getting out there and that people and organizations are becoming more aware of what Alzheimer’s is, its impact, and how important it is to find a cure.”
For more information about Whitney Center, or to make an appointment to visit the community, call 203-848-2641 or click here.