Cary Page past President Brian Blum has been nominated for the Ageless Hero award, given by SearStone retirement community, for his work to organize a monthly dinner-and-entertainment event for Cary seniors with dementia and their caregivers.
Blum marshalled the resources of Cary’s five Rotary clubs three years ago to buy food and organize volunteers to staff a Memory Café once a month at the town’s Senior Center. The event has grown to accommodate more than 50 participant families and volunteers, breaking bread together.
Volunteers from the five clubs serve in a variety of roles, including seating guests, serving meals, engaging folks in conversation and helping with cleanup. Rotarians also have been known to mention join in on the entertainment when it involves music and dancing.
Memory Café is just one of Blum’s regular volunteer activities, which include serving breakfast at the Chapel Hill Ronald McDonald house and tutoring disadvantaged youngsters at Read-and-Feed. He also raised money for cancer research by running the 26-mile Boston Marathon this year.
Also nominated for this year’s award are:
- Thirteen-year-old Unika Boyce-Cooley, for volunteer work at Preston Pointe senior living community.
- Jeanette Lee, for providing a visiting hairstyling service for seniors.
- William Dunlap, a retired oncology/ internal medicine specialist who founded Hospice of Wake County.
- Silver Connections, started by Laura Kay House nine years ago, for its work in bringing together isolated seniors for opportunities to socialize.
SearStone, a continuing care community located at High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary, will celebrate winners of the Ageless Hero awards at a May 17 banquet.