SAHBA Orchestrates St. Luke’s Beautification

SAHBA Orchestrates St. Luke’s Beautification

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  When David Godlewski, president of the Southern Arizona Home Builders, first read about St. Luke's 100-year celebrations, he scheduled a visit to St. Luke's and asked CEO L'Don Sawyer, "How can I help?" A brief tour of St. Luke's quickly revealed the need for rejuvenation of the iron work and steel structures in front of St. Luke's, including in the East Courtyard where the kick-off event was held. Godlewski gathered several of his members including AB LeCocq Construction and the Home Builders Institute (HBI), which brought in a group of students to do the prepping. Dunn-Edwards donated all of the paint required. (Pictured above are John Gallagher of HBI in green and Octavio Mendivils of AB LeCocq Construction). As Godlewski said, “We are honored to have played a small…
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Makeover Magic for the St. Luke’s Van!

Makeover Magic for the St. Luke’s Van!

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St. Luke's van, which transports our Elders at no extra charge for shopping and other special occasions, had grown a bit worn and shabby from it years of service to St. Luke's Elders. Not any more!  Thanks to Az Litho, the vision of CEO L'Don Sawyer, Raim & Associates and the financial support of the Board of Visitors, the van is now wrapped in a cover that matches St. Luke's Report to the Community. A stunning, and highly  public display of the faces of our Elders, the beauty of our grounds and the pride and dignity that is central to St. Luke's. Today, we can all be proud of St. Luke's expanded presence in Southern Arizona as expressed through our brochures, annual reports, op eds  and other communications. Upgrading and beautifying…
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Fall Prevention Clinics Offered for Staff and Elders

Fall Prevention Clinics Offered for Staff and Elders

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Susan Kinkade, RN, BSN, CEN, Trauma Outreach/ Injury Prevention Coordinator at Banner University Medical Center led a clinic for the Elders and informational session for St. Luke's staff to heighten awareness on fall prevention. (She is pictured above, far right, leading Elders through fall prevention exercises). "Falls are the leading cause of serious injury and death among people aged 65 and older. Two thirds of those who fall will fall again within 6 months," Kinkade told Elders and staff. "And 25% of seniors who fracture a hip will die within six months of injury. The rate of falls for residents in care homes is twice as large as the rate of falls which occur for elders living in the community." She had good news too. There is much that can…
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Honor Your Father with Donation or Card from St. Luke’s

Honor Your Father with Donation or Card from St. Luke’s

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Father's Day Opportunity at St. Luke's St. Luke's is offering a special way this year to recognize your father or a father-figure in your life. Click on the link below to donate to St. Luke's in your father's honor, and, if requested, we will mail him a beautiful Father's Day card to let him know how much you love him and that a donation has been made in his honor. And from all of us at St. Luke's Home, thank you to the fathers, step-fathers and deeply kind men who profoundly shaped our lives. A very special Father's Day to all!  Just click here: https://www.stlukeshometucson.org/fathers-day-2018/
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99th Baile Charms All!

99th Baile Charms All!

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The 99th Baile de las Flores, held on April 21 at the Mountain Oyster Club, was a magical evening for all. More than 150 people attended the event and had a great time with the many special features including the Wheel of Whine, a raffle for the original painting, Suddenly Spooked, by local Artist Barry Sapp, a live DJ and live auctioneer Peter Collins. The evening also provided the opportunity, thanks to the generosity of our many donors, to successfully meet the Hillman Endowment Challenge Fund by the Connie Hillman Foundation.  Thirty-seven generous individuals stepped up and raised the necessary funds to match the $400,000 challenge, which means an additional contribution of $25,000, resulting in a fund total of $525,000.  And finally, a special call out to the hardworking committee members who made…
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Kids are the future? So are older adults!

Kids are the future? So are older adults!

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In college—Washington University in St. Louis. Yeah, go Bears!…If that’s still relevant!—I volunteered with the Campus Y and led a program called SAGE (Service Across GEnerations). We students would wake up early on Saturdays, hop on the school shuttle, and visit seniors at a nursing home. We played checkers and cards and talked to the seniors. There was Joyce, who enjoyed drawing penguins and who always called me Lou. And Mrs. Mosbey, a 90-year-old blind woman who listened to the radio and kept up with current affairs, who constantly ribbed me for being vegan. “You need to eat some meat,” she would say, “it’ll put some hair on your chest.” As delightful as the visits were, it was extremely difficult to get other students to participate. Whereas the program where…
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Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

Save the Date: 99th Annual Baile de las Flores on April 21, 2018

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Mark Your Calendars! The 99th Annual Baile de las Flores will take place Saturday, 21 April 2018, 5:30 pm, at the Mountain Oyster Club.  Tickets are $150.00 per person ($90.00 allowable tax deduction per reservation).  To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE. Since 1919, the St. Luke’s Board of Visitors has organized and presented the oldest ongoing charity event in Tucson to support St. Luke’s Home.  The Board of Visitors Committee continues this annual celebration with the 99th Annual Baile de las Flores.  We invite you to this year’s celebration in support of the Elders who live at St. Luke’s Home.  Since 1987 a renowned artist from the Tucson area has been invited to donate an original painting to the raffled at the Baile de las Flores.  Barry Sapp has graciously accepted…
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Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

Feldman Neighbors at St. Luke’s Home

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The Feldman Neighborhood Association turned out at St. Luke's Home to provide Neighbors' Night Out, which featured a dessert buffet, great music by DJ David Squires, better known as Kid Squid, and plenty of time to share food, conversation and fun. Neighbors from the surrounding area mingled with St. Luke's Elders. The event took place on October 19 from 6- 8 pm in St. Luke's East Courtyard. Representatives from Tucson's local law enforcement and fire houses were there . Also attending were the Honorable Olivia Cajero Bedford who represents District 3 in the Arizona Senate, and the Honorable Richard Elias, Pima County Board of Supervisors representing District 5. 
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St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

St. Luke Elders Visit Salpointe Catholic High School

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Elders Learn Social Media Skills at Salpointe A group of St. Luke's Elders visited Salpointe Catholic High School on October 5 for a special training, The Power of Social Media to Serve Social Justice.  The morning-long training by the Salpointe Morality class (pictured above). Elders learned the power of a wide range of platforms that can be used to further social justice in the country. 
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Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

Friends and Family Night at St. Luke’s

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Elders' Family and Friends Share Dinner at St. Luke's Nearly 100 people, including Elders and their family and friends, shared a delicious spaghetti dinner at St. Luke's Home on Sunday evening, September 24. The evening offered the opportunity for Elders' to invite those closest to them to share a meal, meet their friends in the St. Luke's community, enjoy great food and a beautiful evening of socializing and fun. Elders relished the opportunity to play host to those they loved. Several invited six or more of their friends and families and proudly introduced them to all. The spaghetti was delicious, conversation flowed, and Elders beamed. "It felt so special," one of them shared, "like hosting my family at a restaurant, a great night out!"  
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