Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center Celebrates 7th Anniversary
Gary and Mary West join San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward in celebrating 7th anniversary of Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center
More than 1.4 million meals served at Serving Seniors’ flagship facility since 2010
April 21, 2017
Toasting more than a million meals served and the many needed services and supports provided at Serving Seniors’ flagship Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center since 2010, pioneering philanthropists Gary and Mary West today marked the Center’s seven-year anniversary with San Diego City Councilman Chris Ward and Paul Downey, executive director of Serving Seniors.
They were joined at the celebration by 120 seniors to celebrate the positive impact the popular community-based health and wellness model has had on thousands of vulnerable, low-income seniors who primarily live in downtown San Diego.
“Thanks to Paul and our many friends at Serving Seniors, more than 1.4 million meals have been served to our honored guests, and an array of social services are made readily available to those who need them,” said Gary West. “It’s what makes our Senior Wellness Center unique — the integration of education, clinical and wellness services – all under one roof.”
Since 2010, the Gary and Mary West Foundation has supported the Senior Wellness Center and Serving Seniors, which are aligned with West Health’s mission of helping seniors successfully age in place, with access to high-quality, affordable health and support services that preserve and protect their dignity, quality of life and independence.
Councilman Ward said, “It’s exciting to be here today to celebrate the Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center, which has become a vital hub for seniors and fills such an important need in our community for the past seven years.”
“This one-of-a-kind Senior Wellness Center is a testament to Gary and Mary’s vision, passion and generosity,” said Paul Downey, president and CEO of Serving Seniors. “Together we are making life better on a daily basis for older San Diegans and helping them age successfully.”
In his remarks, West also applauded the Gary and Mary West Senior Dental Center for providing critical oral healthcare to more than 400 patients in under a year, saying that it underscores the importance of ensuring seniors have access to dental care, which is essential to meet their healthcare needs. The Senior Dental Center, located on the second floor of the Senior Wellness Center, opened its doors in June 2016.
The festive celebration, held during Senior Hunger Awareness Month, was held in the dining room of the Senior Wellness Center and featured testimonials from seniors, patriotic songs and a raffle, along with a ceremonial toast and cake.