Aging Care Connections Celebrates Successful Capital and Program Campaign
Aging Care Connections celebrated the successful completion of its capital and program campaign initiative, Leading the commitment to aging well, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and receptions for the Lee Burkey, Sr. Society, the major giving program, and the community held Thursday, November 21 at the building now known as Aging Care Connections at the Burkey Family Center, 111 W Harris Ave, La Grange.
More than $1,200,000 in funds has been raised for much-needed refurbishing of existing facilities, specifically allowing for stricter compliance to ADA standards, as well as to expand programs to meet the increasing needs of older adults in the community.
At the Lee M. Burkey, Sr. Society reception, Lee Burkey, Jr. spoke about Aging Care Connections as a crucial community resource available to all. His father, Lee Burkey, Sr., who served as a Trustee of the Village of LaGrange from 1962 to 1968, Village President from 1968 to 1973 and Village Attorney from 1973 to 1987, was a member of the Aging Care Connections Board of Directors who inaugurated the $500 Club to ensure that aging services would be available to all who needed them.
Later in the afternoon, at a reception for the community, State Senator Christine Radogno spoke about the initiative she helped to launch through a State of Illinois lead grant of $200,000. The campaign involved raising the remaining funds required to ensure a more efficient, safer and functional facility to serve the growing number of older adults and families who depend on Aging Care Connections’ programs and services.
Tours of the building showcased a facility better-positioned to serve older adults and more-effectively configured to provide help to seniors expediently and comfortably. Successful completion of the initiative enhances Aging Care Connections’ position as a robust, vital organization continuing its 42-year history directed to ensuring the well-being and safety of older adults in the community.
Board member Lee Burkey, Jr. addresses guests at the ribbon cutting celebrating Aging Care Connections at the Burkey Family Center.
Celebrating Aging Care Connections at The Burkey Family Center are (from left): Jerry Burjan, Board member and Chair of the Capital and Program Campaign; Bill Wilson, President, Board of Directors; Debra Verschelde, Executive Director; Lee Burkey, Jr., Board member; John Burns, Village Clerk, Village of La Grange.
State Senator Christine Radogno speaks to guests at the community reception.
Jerry Burjan, Board member and Chair of the Capital and Program Campaign; State Senator Radogno and Debbie Verschelde, Executive Director, acknowledge the success of the campaign.
Photos courtesy of Glenn Kaupert Photography
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