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Spectrum Generations hosted the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, raising funds in effort to support Meals on Wheels
Hallowell, ME – On Monday, August 12, three chefs competed in the 7th Annual Celebrity Chef Challenge, held at Spectrum Generations’ Cohen Community Center in Hallowell. The event raised over $16,500 in support of the organization’s programs and services, including Meals on Wheels.
Chris Hart, of The Blaine House, won both the judges’ and people’s choice awards with his winning dish of roasted garlic and thyme marinated bistro steak with chimichurri, zucchini, potato, and gruyere gratin with wilted chard and cabbage. The dish will be incorporated into the organization’s Meals on Wheels program, which serves of 225,000 meals annually throughout central and midcoast Maine. Competing chefs Chris Geer, executive chef at the Tuscan Brick Oven Bistro in Freeport, and Elisha Irland, chef and owner of The Oak Table and Bar in Augusta, both put forth tasty dishes utilizing the donated beef, Swiss chard, potatoes, zucchini and summer squash, all of which are commonly utilized ingredients in the Meals on Wheels program.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of Spectrum Generations said, “For seven years we’ve been hosting this event and I think this is the best ever. To have the community of individuals and business leaders step up to support our efforts in addressing the nutrition needs of homebound adults speaks volumes. Meals on Wheels is a vital program to many of Maine’s older adults, and we are proud to be able to continue supporting our mission of keeping them safe and aging in place.”
All of the produce was donated from farms in Lincoln County: Brown’s Farm (Nobleboro), Goranson Farm (Dresden), and Veggies to Table on the Oui Farm (Newcastle), with the gleaning donation being coordinated by the Lincoln County Gleaners. The dinner was sponsored by Central Maine Power, with additional support provided by Fiore Oils and Vinegars, Vital I/O, and Bernstein Shur.
For more information and to view a video of the event, please click here.
Spectrum Generations, the Central Maine Area Agency on Aging and Disability Resource Center, will be hosting its 17th Annual Golf Fore a Cause Tournament to be held on Friday, June 21 at the Brunswick Golf Club (recently named 2019 “Small Business of the Year” by SMMC). This year’s event will benefit the current Meals on Wheels waitlist. Participants will tee off at 1:00 p.m., spend the day on the course, and transition into the evening with a homestyle BBQ and live music around the fire pit. The cost is $125 /individual, $450/team and includes 18 holes with cart, bagged lunch (catered by Cohen on the Meadows), homestyle BBQ dinner, awards, contests for longest drive, accuracy drive, putting and hole-in-one contest for a chance to win $5,000. New this year, for $25 you can join us for just the dinner portion of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance.
There are various sponsorship levels available which offer a great way for businesses or individuals to generate positive publicity from their association with our tournament. For event information visit www.spectrumgenerations.org/golf. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor contact Sarah Brown at [email protected] or call 620-1677.
The grant will focus on bringing much-needed education and awareness to the state’s rural areas
Healthy Living for ME – a partnership between three Area Agencies on Aging: Spectrum Generations, SeniorsPlus, and Aroostook Agency on Aging – has recently been awarded a 3-year, $450,000 grant to expand and promote classes which focus on falls prevention for older adults.
Gerard Queally, President & CEO of lead grant applicant Spectrum Generations said, “Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans, but falling is not an inevitable part of aging. These falls prevention classes are proven to help older adults reduce their risk of falling and we are thrilled to be receiving this funding to continue working with our partners throughout Maine to offer the education, resources, and skills they provide.”
Falls prevention classes, like A Matter of Balance, emphasizes practical strategies to reduce fear of falling and increase activity levels. Participants learn to view falls and fear of falling as controllable, set realistic goals to increase activity, change their environment to reduce fall risk factors, and exercise to increase strength and balance.
Healthy Living for ME currently provides a single-point of entry to a statewide network of workshops that empower adults to address and better manage their health issues. Workshops offered focus on improving balance and preventing falls as well as those which focus on helping adults manage chronic conditions – including high blood pressure, chronic pain, heart disease, COPD, arthritis, and diabetes.
A full listing of workshops available in throughout Maine and searchable by zip code, can be found online at www.healthylivingforme.org or call 1-800-620-6036 for more information.
Augusta, ME – Spectrum Generations is pleased to announce the addition of two new members to the organization’s Volunteer Board of Directors.
“We are pleased to welcome Shelley Rudnicki and Josée Shelley to Spectrum Generations’ Board of Directors, as both bring a wealth of financial and organizational knowledge that will support our agency’s mission,” said Gerry Queally, President and CEO of Spectrum Generations. “We are very lucky to have Shelley and Josée join us in this capacity, and I look forward to working with both of them in the coming months.”
Spectrum Generations serves older and disabled adults in Kennebec, Knox, Lincoln, Sagadahoc, Somerset, and Waldo Counties, and the towns of Brunswick and Harpswell. Among the programs offered are Meals on Wheels, health and wellness activities, Community-based Health Care, and Community Case Management.
The new Board members, who begin their service this week, are as follows:
Shelley Rudnicki, Somerset County Member since 2019
Shelley earned her degree in Social and Criminal Justice from Ashford University. In 2018, she was elected to serve in the Maine House of Representatives where she currently represents District #108; this includes the towns of Fairfield, Mercer, and Smithfield. Shelley is the current Chairman of the MSAD #49 School Board and has been a member of the Board for 11 years. She formerly served on the Fairfield Planning Board, the Central Maine CATV Board of Directors, was President of the Benton Elementary PTO, and Treasurer of the Basketball Boosters. Shelley is a member of both the Fireside Chapter and Martha Washington Chapters of the Order of Eastern Star and is owner of Shelley’s Used Cars, LLC. Shelley lives in Fairfield with her husband of 31 years and is the proud mother of two adult children.
Josée Shelley, Knox County Member since 2019
Josée L. Shelley, CPA graduated from the University of New Hampshire where she studied both Sociology and Business Administration. She has worked as the CFO for Kennebec Behavioral Health since 2003 and has served on several Boards; most recently she has been working with Bartlett Woods in Rockland Maine. Josée’s real passion is working with growing non-profits and applying her operational management skills to serving an organization’s mission rather than just for corporate profits. Josée lives in Owls Head, Maine and enjoys spending time with her adult sons and extended family. She also loves to travel off the grid and plans to work well into her seventies.