Nearly 100 people attended the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council's Forty Years of Caring 40th anniversary celebration and open house from 1-3 p.m. Friday Aug. 23.
Displays with memorabilia from prior years of the Senior Center were showcased and yellow mums and red tablecloths were made for a festive atmosphere.
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At 2 p.m., the program started with Karen Fay, PTSCC board chairman, introducing the board members and thanked everyone for coming. Fay acknowledged the elected officials in attendance: Michelle Mussman, Illinois State Representative, 56th District; William Huley, Palatine Township trustee; and William McLeod, Village of Hoffman Estates president.
She also thanked the PTSCC corporate sponsors in attendance: John Delapa from Cornerstone National Bank and Trust Company, Justin Thomas from Lutheran Home, A Lutheran Life Community, and Priscilla Barnett from Tamarack Retirement Living.
Business supporters present included Tom Toya and Lou Batalla-Toya with Ardent Care Health Group, Inc.; Adriana Czerwiec with The Arlington Rehab and Living Center; Jayne Elvey and Gaby Alvarado with American Chartered Bank; Pamela Miller with The Garlands of Barrington; and Deb Armstrong with Palatine Bank and Trust.
Other community partners included Karen Hansen from the Arlington Heights Senior Center and Cindy Gunderson from Catholic Charities N.W. Senior Services.
Fay introduced PTSCC's executive director, Carol Reagan, who then highlighted how far the center has come in 40 years of serving the older adults of the Palatine community.
PTSCC was first called the Palatine Township Council on the Aged, occupying one room offering recreation and social services. PTSCC had one part-time staffer and 28 volunteers, and the Senior Center was open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
Now it is called the Palatine Township Senior Citizens Council, operating the Palatine Township Senior Center with 17,800 square feet of space and offering health and wellness, lifelong learning, nutrition, recreation, adult day care, and social services in Russian, Spanish and English to those ages 50 and older.
The hours of operation have expanded to Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., as well as some evenings and weekends.
PTSCC now has eight full-time and seven part-time staff and almost 300 volunteers.
"This wouldn't have been possible without the support from the community, civic groups, governmental leaders, agencies, and businesses who so graciously partner with us," said Carol Reagan.
Next, Karen Fay drew Mickey Farmer's raffle ticket as the winner of the 40th anniversary handmade quilt, which was donated by Bonnie Miller. More than $300 was raised through the quilt raffle to support the programs and services of the Senior Center.
Refreshments of cake, cookies and punch were served and everyone received a 40th anniversary chocolate bar designed by That's A Wrap Creations.
For more information, visit www.ptscc.org or call (847) 991-1112.
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