We are excited to announce the official launch of St. Luke’s Catering which will offer the award-winning creations of Chef Melissa (above left) and her Sous Chef Selina (right) to the broader community! This social enterprise is launched as a means not only to share St. Luke’s delicious food but also to add a new revenue stream to support St. Luke’s Elders.
What’s offered? An array of fresh, seasonal foods made to order and presented with artful beauty. Selections include chicken salad mini-phyllo cups, wraps, homemade cakes made from scratch, fresh tossed salads with arugula, spinach and seasonal vegetables and charcuterie boards including sweet and savory, a special brunch board or a more traditional cheese and meat board.
It’s easy to place an order! Contact Melissa at 520-207-0865. Your party will be in the creative, competent hands of St. Luke’s culinary team and you will be supporting all our St. Luke’s Elders. A win-win that will leave your tummy and heart feeling fine!
Elders Benefit from First-Hand Look at Candidates
St. Luke’s Elders had the chance to see for themselves the four candidates for Mayor of Tucson at the July 23 Meet and Greet held at St. Luke’s Home. As one of our Elders shared, “I was not sure who I would vote for but meeting them helped me decide.”
More than 60 individuals attended including all four candidates for Mayor of Tucson and their campaign managers, three St. Luke’s Board members, 13 community members, ten staff and more than 30 Elders.
A special thanks to the AARP-Arizona Office for sponsoring the delicious food which was prepared by our own amazing culinary team. Guests also included members of the Elder Alliance, the Feldman Neighborhood Association and the Salome Christian Church.
Candidates, pictured above at the event, with Linda Hollis the center, are from left, Randi Dorman (D), Steve Farley (D), Regina Romero (D) and Ed Ackerley (I).
St. Luke’s Acknowledged by Arizona Forward
Arizona Forward will present their 39th Annual Environmental Excellence Awards on September 21st at the Arizona Biltmore Resort in Phoenix at their 50th Anniversary Gala. St. Luke’s submitted a proposal for consideration for one of the Environmental Excellence Awards recognizing St. Luke’s work in creating a healthy, caring environment for low-income Elders through its Stronger, Longer holistic approach to health and well-being
Lori Singleton, President and CEO of Arizona Forward, called St. Luke’s work “inspiring” and “heartwarming.” Winners of the award, which could be St. Luke’s, will be announced at the Gala. In addition, St. Luke’s Stronger, Longer programming will be highlighted during the gala and will be included in the program award’s booklet that will be presented to the more than 500 guests expected to attend. St. Luke’s CEO Linda Hollis, who was offered complimentary tickets, will be one of those guests!
Arizona Forward advocates for a balance between economic development and environmental quality, and convenes business, community and civic leaders in thoughtful public dialogue on critical sustainability issues.
In Memory: Bill Bennett
All of us at St. Luke’s were greatly saddened to learn of the death in late July of Bill Bennett (pictured above with his granddaughter Lisa Robinson last December in the St. Luke’s Chapel next to the poinsettias they had donated).
Bill and his wife Joanne, who died in 2017, contributed huge amounts of time, attention, love and care to St. Luke’s and our Elders. Bill called bingo for the Elders for many years, served several terms as a member of the St. Luke’s Board of Directors and most recently chaired the Development Committee. Joanne was instrumental in the restoration of the St. Luke’s Chapel and was an active member and leader of the Board of Visitors.
Bill brought a special twinkle, humor and big heart to St. Luke’s. He adored his family, loved to play golf, and always had a sparkle in his eye as if he had just heard a good joke and wanted to share.
St. Luke’s extends its heartfelt love and energy to Bill’s family. Committee meetings will not be the same without his warmth, humor and joyous heart.
Hollis Joins Leadership Council of the ELDER Alliance
St. Luke’s CEO Linda Hollis PhD was invited to join the Leadership Council of The ELDER Alliance. The purpose of the Leadership Council is to help the ELDER Alliance design a new vision for growing old in Tucson and to set priorities and strategies for action by the ELDER Alliance and the community.
As Hollis said, “I am honored to work with other community leaders as part of the Leadership Council. Together we can make a real difference in the lives of all Elders, especially the low-income older adults in our region.”
The ELDER Alliance launched in 2010 and currently has a membership of more than 130 individuals with affiliations in more than 70 organizations and active community volunteers.
Happenings at St Luke’s Home
Mark Your Calendars
Health Tips for Wellness: Thursday, August 8, 2 PM, presented by CAre More, St Luke’s Dining Room.
Desert Skies United Methodist Church Trio: Sunday, August 11, 2:15 PM featuring three women playing the flute, violin, and piano, St Luke’s Dining Room.
Benefits of the Senior Companion Program: Wednesday, August 22, 10 AM, Q and A with Suzette Gonzalez, Program Coordinator with the Pima Council on Aging Senior Companion Program, St Luke’s Dining room.
Watch This Space!: Brand new school year of academic program partnership with UA and SLH coming our way in September.
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