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Mary Tarbit to be honored at Senior Center Gala Feb. 16

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  • Mary Tarbit, 90 years old and going strong!  Photo taken at The Palatine Township Senior Center

    Mary Tarbit, 90 years old and going strong! Photo taken at The Palatine Township Senior Center
    Diane Lanour, Program Director

Julie Selof

Mary Tarbit, PTSCC volunteer is this year's Guest of Honor at the Palatine Township Senior Center's 13th Annual Caring Hearts Gala.

Mary is being honored for her selfless service to the Senior Center and for her spirit that keeps her going strong at 90 years of age. In 1989 Mary's husband passed away and she found herself facing the possibility of immobilization. She had never learned to drive because her husband took her where she needed to go or she took public transportation.

"It was hard and I was afraid," she said but she was more afraid of being isolated.

Mary got her license while she was in her late 60s and started working at PTSCC as the Community Nutrition Network Food Service Aide in the early 1990s where she assembled Meals on Wheels for the homebound.

"It's the best thing that ever happened to me," says Tarbit about the Senior Center. Twenty years later, she is still active and volunteers as a driver for the Home Delivered Meals Program and runs the Poker Group. She gives of her time, her resources and even delivers meals to the homebound on her birthday. She says that activity is the key to her happiness and we can all learn from her example.

Come support Mary and the Palatine Township Senior Center by attending the Gala on Feb. 16, 2013 from 6 to 11:30 p.m. at Cotillion Banquets, 360 Creekside Dr., Palatine.

The evening is full of the fun and excitement of Las Vegas with all the glitz and glamour with none of the gambling.

Come see our Las Vegas Revue with magician, lip sync acts and lots of laughs as well as celebrate PTSCC's 40th Anniversary serving the Palatine Township and surrounding communities.

Our featured live entertainment is the well- known swing band Bopology to complement our Rat Pack Era theme.

This black tie optional event includes open bar, dinner, dancing, live and silent auction items and raffles.

Try your luck on our raffle! Tickets are $10 each or 3 for $25 and the cash prizes are $50, $150, and $500. Some of our auction items include a Chicago Bears replica football helmet signed by #33 Charles Tillman; a week stay at a beautiful home in the Hamptons; 4 One-Day Hopper Passes to Disney Theme Parks; 2 White Sox "Gold Coast Club Tickets"; Seven Night Stay at "House on the Rock", Deer Isle, a "Bridged" island off the coast of Maine; Exotic Car Share Driving Experience Package; Waterford Crystal wine decanter and over 100 more items! Our Honorary Chair this year is Jack Lloyd, BMO Harris Bank, Market President.

Thank you to the our generous sponsors:

Diamond Circle: Alexian Brothers Medical Center; BlueCross and BlueShield of Illinois; BMO Harris Bank; Marktime Media; Ray and Judy McCaskey; Northrop Grumman; Raco Industrial Corporation-Martha Atherton.

Platinum Circle: Palatine Bank and Trust and C. Norman Andrews-noted auctioneer.

Media Sponsor: Journal & Topics Newspapers.

Gold Circle: Cornerstone National Bank and Trust Company; The Garlands of Barrington: Northwest Community Healthcare; Lavelle Law, Ltd.; A. L. Sittaro, CPA.

Silver Circle: Harry Benstein with Melaleuca; Phyllis Benstein with GigiHill; BIK & CO, LLP; Bradish Associate, LTD; Brandt Financial Concepts, Inc.; Katie Brown with Arbonne International; Comfort Keepers; DeFranco Plumbing, Inc.; Jack Devero with Genworth Financial; Lifelong Learning Institute at Harper College; Plum Grove Nursing and Rehab; and Right at Home.

For an invitation, raffle ticket information or printable flyer visit For more information contact Julie Selof at 847-991-1112 or

PTSCC provides programs and services which support older adults and their families by encouraging independence, well-being and connection to the community. Our Recreation, Education, Health and Wellness, Noon Dining, Home Delivered Meals, Adult Day Care, and Social Services programs are available to persons 50 and older and their families who live in Palatine Township and the surrounding communities in the north and northwest suburbs. Services are available in English, Spanish and Russian at seven satellite locations. Our Social Services staff also makes home visits as needed. For more information, visit our website at, like us on or call 847-991-1112.