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Help the Senior Center in Edmonds: It may be the key to our economic future


Last updated 4/15/2010 at Noon


The future of the Edmonds economy depends a lot on the City’s appeal and livability to the current and future wave of retirees, and the waves that follow. Will we Baby Boomers choose Edmonds to settle and age gracefully in a supportive community, or land somewhere else that is more welcoming and senior friendly?

The most visible symbol of how our community values seniors is the South County Senior Center, on the waterfront south of the ferry terminal.

For more than 40 years, the Center has been a welcoming “second home” in the heart of town. Despite its well-worn building, the Center is still THE place for a fun break, exercise classes, lunch with a world-class view, ballroom dancing, live music, conversing, a bridge game, and community gatherings.

Now you can even play a Nintendo Wii for a virtual reality bowling or golf workout!

Not everyone involved with the Center is spry enough for vigorous fund raising; many have worked hard all their lives and deserve a break. However, private funds are clearly needed if the Center is to be all it can be.

The Center’s future is much brighter, with Farrell Fleming back at the helm and a democratically elected board that is working well. The issue is, above all else, funding.

So… the rest of us need to pitch in: Please contribute to the Young at Heart Annual Campaign; plan to attend the Young at Heart Auction and Dinner June 25. Donate or help find auction items (high quality new things, weekend cabin stays, tickets to performances or sports games, trips and educational experiences, wines, etc.)

None of the above appeal to you?

You might name the Center as beneficiary of a life insurance policy, and/or including the Center in your estate plan.

Maybe donate a car you no longer need. Last year one of the Center’s larger gifts came from an SUV, which was sold on line for its donor by a board member.

This week a friend sold a dining set, with proceeds to the Center. You could downsize a bit, sell your excess stuff, and pass along the proceeds, and/or donate quality items to the Thrift Shop.

Visit the Senior Center, buy stuff, and lend a hand.

Help make sure that the Center remains the heart and soul of Edmonds.

Remember, the Senior Center symbolizes our commitment to the older generation and—if it thrives—could well be the engine that helps shape Edmonds’ financial future.

Call 425-774-5555 or visit the website at www.southcountyseniorcenter.org.

Cliff Sanderlin


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