Ethel & Maud’s program, Program Organizer, receive statewide recognition

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CHAMPAIGN COUNTY – A program for Champaign County community members 55 and older has received a Community Impact Award from LeadingAge Illinois.

Ethel & Maud’s works to engage the mind, body and spirit of local seniors who do not and may never live at the Clark-Lindsey retirement community. The program began as a themed monthly luncheon with food and entertainment, but has expanded to include an educational segment and additional wellness programs.

Representatives of LeadingAge Illinois presented the Community Impact Award to Clark-Lindsey at the LeadingAge statewide awards ceremony in Schaumburg on April 6.

Clark-Lindsey received this award for “participation in outreach to the greater Champaign-Urbana community beyond the organization’s own walls and core mission.” In the past 11 months of running the program, attendance has averaged 85 guests. Ethel & Maud’s has served over 1,000 meals to nearly 400 unduplicated attendees.

Community Relations Coordinator Laura Beyer launched the program in April of 2015 and was also recognized for her efforts.

Beyer received the Strive and Thrive Management Staff Award from LeadingAge in Chicago on April 6. The award honors individual committed to excellence through innovation. Beyond her work with Ethel & Maud’s, Beyer also founded the CLVolunteer program and works with community leaders to make Champaign-Urbana more “age-friendly.”

More information about Clark-Lindsey’s community and its programs can be found here.

(Pictured: Laura Beyer, Deb Reardanz and Sara Hawkins)

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