Wellington Cares held its third annual meeting on Thursday, Dec. 4 at Casa Tequila in Wellington. Guests were welcomed at the door and received a gift bag with items from Bethesda Hospital West, Florida Community Bank, the Prettelt Center for Family Health and Think Big.
Executive Director Kathy Foster welcomed guests, volunteers, participants and dignitaries to the event.
Foster began by informing attendees of the organization’s successes over the past year, including that the organization performed more than 450 volunteer hours, trained 13 new volunteers and received more than $34,000 in cash and in-kind donations.
“On behalf of the board of directors of Wellington Cares, I’m delighted to have the volunteers and participants we do,” Foster said. “We’re blessed to live in the Village of Wellington where people care about each other.”
Foster continued by thanking the Town-Crier newspaper and the Great Charity Challenge for their support over the years, and announced a new grant from the Quantum Foundation, as well as the organization’s goals for next year.
All in attendance also received a raffle ticket for a holiday gift bag and a poinsettia donated by Lowe’s Home Improvement in Royal Palm Beach.
“We are truly fortunate to have an organization like Wellington Cares in our community,” Wellington Councilwoman Anne Gerwig said. “It helps strengthen our village and attracts residents.”
The afternoon concluded with testimonials read by Volunteer Coordinator Diane Gutman and awards presented to volunteers Barbara Amato for donating 72 hours and Ann Brinson for donating 52 hours. “When you have this much fun, it isn’t work,” Brinson said.
Former board member and volunteer Melody Dombwas also recognized for her continued support of the organization.
Wellington Cares is a community-based, not-for-profit organization committed to coordinating volunteers of all ages to assist in enabling persons over the age of 65 to remain in their home with the support of the Wellington community, residents and local organizations. Visit www.wellingtoncaresorg.com for more information.
ABOVE: Kathy Foster with Melody Domb.