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SearStone Announces Winners of Second Annual Ageless Hero Awards Honoring individuals and organizations that support Wake County seniors

April 28, 2016

Cary, N.C., April 28, 2016 – Last year the SearStone continuing care retirement community launched a new awards program to honor individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service, support and opportunities to Wake County seniors. After soliciting and reviewing nominations, SearStone is pleased to announce the winners of the Second Annual Ageless Hero Awards. 

The winners will be celebrated at a special gala Awards Banquet May 17 from 5-9 p.m. emceed by UNC-TV Reporter/Producer Julia Carpenter and featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Gale Adcock, N.C. House of Representatives. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 1-866-843-7534 or by completing the ticket order form at http://bit.ly/1Lr5eiZ. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship for the Student of the Year winner. 

Ageless Hero Student of the Year: Unika Boyce-Cooley

At age 13 Boyce-Cooley began volunteering at Preston Pointe to hand out the weekly media news, call Bingo games, and interview new residents for the monthly newsletter. Residents and staff enjoyed her presence so much that she was offered a job when she turned 17. 

Ageless Hero of the Year (55+): Jeanette Lee

As a hair stylist for over 40 years, Lee is attentive to the needs of seniors and routinely visits homebound patients to do their hair. She has also styled hair at senior living centers in Cary, and has helped customers with hair loss select wigs, which she then cuts and styles for them.

Ageless Hero Business of the Year: Silver Connections  

Silver Connections is an organization that supports people 55 and over with unique local events, travel opportunities, nourishing a sense of community, and personalized service. Owner Laura Kay House started the organization nine years ago to help connect seniors who might otherwise feel isolated from other seniors.

Ageless Hero Person of the Year: Brian Blum

Blum is the volunteer organizer for Memory Café, a collaborative project among five local Rotary Clubs that provides a safe and welcoming place for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their caregivers. He coordinates the event with the support of Alzheimer’s NC and the Town of Cary.

Ageless Hero Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. William Dunlap

Dr. Dunlap is a retired specialist in oncology and internal medicine with The Raleigh Medical Group, but continues to deliver care to older adults at the Oaks of Mayview skilled nursing facility. As a community leader and volunteer, he founded Hospice of Wake County in 1979 with a firm conviction that no person would be turned away regardless of ability to pay. Dr. Dunlap remains on the board of the organization, now known as Transitions LifeCare.

“We received more outstanding nominations this year than when we launched the awards last year, and I know our Selection Committee was faced with very difficult decisions,” said SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick. “On behalf of the staff, residents, families and friends of SearStone, I congratulate all of our deserving winners.”

The Selection Committee was comprised of David Wolf, SearStone resident; Cooper Linton, Transitions LifeCare; Delancy Carroll, Cary Chamber of Commerce; Jody Jameson, Cary Senior Center; Jim Trull, Keystone Financial; and Rev. George Adamik, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity

SearStone Seeking Nominations for 2nd Annual Ageless Hero Awards Submit by April 17 to recognize exemplary service to seniors

March 01, 2016

Cary, N.C., March 1, 2016 – According to a recent report by Forbes, the Raleigh-Cary Metro area has the second fastest-growing senior population in America. Perhaps one of the reasons why is because Wake County is full of caring individuals, businesses and organizations that support seniors.

The SearStone retirement community is currently seeking nominations for its second annual Ageless Hero Awards honoring individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service, support and opportunities to Wake County seniors. Nominations will be accepted through April 17 via www.searstone.com/hero.

Nomination forms can also be picked up from SearStone’s Winston Clubhouse, located at 17001 SearStone Drive in Cary. Questions about the awards program should be addressed to info@searstone.com.

Winners will be announced at a special gala Awards Banquet May 17 from 5-9 p.m. emceed by UNC-TV Reporter/Producer Julia Carpenter and featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Gale Adcock,  N.C. House of Representatives. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 1-866-843-7534 or by completing the ticket order form at http://bit.ly/1Lr5eiZ. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship for the Student of the Year winner.

Ageless Hero Awards will be presented in five categories:

Ageless Hero of the Year – An individual (age 55+) who has made an indelible mark on our community

Ageless Hero Student of the Year – A middle- or high-school-age student who has improved the lives of Wake County seniors

Ageless Hero Business of the Year – An organization that is not primarily senior-focused but that has made outstanding contributions to area seniors

Ageless Hero Person of the Year – Individual of any age who has made exemplary contributions to area seniors

Ageless Hero Lifetime Achievement Award – An individual or business that has made long-term contributions to area seniors

The Selection Committee for this year’s Ageless Hero Awards includes David Wolf, SearStone resident; Cooper Linton, Transitions LifeCare; Delancy Carroll, Cary Chamber of Commerce; Jody Jameson, Cary Senior Center; Jim Trull, Keystone Financial; and Rev. George Adamik, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“Our inaugural Ageless Hero Awards program last year was very successful,” said Chris Romick, SearStone’s executive director. “We hope to build momentum and make this the most prestigious senior-related awards program in Wake County. We encourage everyone to nominate worthy candidates.”

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity

SearStone Named Best Active Adult Community by Readers of Cary Magazine

January 07, 2016

Cary, N.C., Jan. 6, 2016 In the January 2016 issue of Cary Magazine, SearStone was named the recipient of the Maggy Award for Best Active Adult Community. The Maggy Awards are selected annually by readers of the leading lifestyle publication in Western Wake County. 

This distinction is especially noteworthy, as SearStone is "the new kid on the block" and welcomed its first residents in November of 2013. A runner-up in the category last year, SearStone took the top spot in this year’s Maggy Awards competition.

Page 35 of the issue features a full-page photo of SearStone residents simulating a red-carpet arrival, keeping in line with this year’s Maggy Awards theme of paparazzi snapping pictures of the winners in action.

Cary Magazine’s annual Maggy Awards recognize readers’ favorite people, organizations and places in categories related to service, restaurants, lifestyle, shopping and media. The full list of Maggy Award winners appears in the January 2016 issue, available for free throughout the Triangle area.

“On behalf of our wonderful staff and residents, we are extremely proud of this award from Cary Magazine,” said Chris Romick, executive director. “We strive to be very active in the local community, and this honor indicates that people are reacting positively to our presence.”

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.