On Friday, September 11th MetroPlus Health Plan sponsored the first Mother-Love & Father Love Awards Luncheon at Lehman College/CUNY.
The Awards Luncheon was conceived to honor dedicated and loving seniors for their commitment to community senior centers. Seniors who have been nurturing, helpful and giving of oneself were nominated and voted on by their peers with awards presented at the luncheon ceremony. The winners represented the best in dedication, love, community caring and giving. The “spreading love” in your community theme is especially poignant in these times and the significance of having thisawards ceremony on 9/11 was not lost on the capacity crowd.
The program opened with a welcome from Barbara Scott, MetroPlus Medicare Benefits Specialist. State Senator Gustavo Rivera and Councilman Andy King greeted the audience and congratulated the awardees for their outstanding contribution to the community. Christopher Malone, Assistant Dean, Lehman College brought greetings from the College, who so graciously hosted the event in the picturesque music buildingfaculty dining room. In addition, Robert Reyes from the NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association providedbrochures and information.
Mother-Love & Father-Love Awards were presented to Lillie Brown, Roscoe Milliner;Richman Plaza Senior Center; Carmen Rosario, Abraham Adeyenim, Soundview; Shirley Bailey, Harry Rousseau, RAIN Eastchester; Rose Caffaro, Egidio Venturino, RAIN Nereid; Melvina Cameron, Pedro Berrios, RAIN Parkchester; Malinda Swann, Anibal Quero, Highbridge; Minnie Davis, Norman Blythe; RAIN Boston Secor and Virginia Caban, Julio Vadi, Andrew Jackson Senior Centers. Casa Boriqua and Brookdale Center for Aging were also represented.
Ovations were given to all the wonderful recipients, saluting their accomplishments and their commitment to the senior centercommunity was acknowledged and applauded. Several talented seniors performed and Elaine McClane recited her poem “Dusty”. This eloquent piece was a remembrance of the profound effects ofthe 9/11 tragedy which truly epitomized the significance of having the program on that day.
After the ceremony, attendees hadlunch and danced the afternoon away to the sounds of the Sonido Magico band. Not a seat was empty and all were very enthusiastic andclearly enjoyed themselves. Applause were given to MetroPlus, Lehman and all those who participated. The program was a major success and everyone is already looking forward to next year’s Mother Love & Father Love ceremony! MetroPlus’ Barbara Scott summed it up stating, “I am so proud of the huge turnout for the Mother-Love & Father-Love Awards Luncheon.The many smiles and laughter received from the seniors made it all worthwhile. We look forward to presenting this event again.”
MetroPlus Health Plan has been involved in the community for over twenty–five years, providing free or low-cost government-sponsored health care to those in need. They offer health insurance programs to children and adults, based on family income level and size. Some of the plans offered include Medicaid Managed Care and Child Health Plus. MetroPlus also offers several Medicare Advantage plans for people who are eligible for Medicare and receive full or partial Medicaid benefits and for people with HIV/AIDS eligible for Medicare with or without Medicaid. MetroPlus is a Qualified Health Plan approved by New York State to offer health insurance options through the New York Health Benefit Exchange.
1. Councilman Andy King, Barbara Scott-MetroPlus, Johanna Garcia-MetroPlus, Senator Gustavo Rivera
2. Seniors receiving Mother-Love, Father-Love Award
3. Elaine McClane reciting poem
4. Ramon Rivera, MetroPlus escorting senior