FiftyForward Madison Station Whistlestop Event Held
MADISON, TN — On March 10, the fictional FiftyForward Madison Station train made its longest trip yet, bound for Hawaii. Hosted by NewsChannel 5 meteorologist and Talk of the Town co-host Lelan Statom, guests were entertained by the Ukedelics during cocktail hour and got a taste of island life as they supported and learned about the work that FiftyForward does to support seniors in the community.
Special treatment at this year’s event came from individuals from the FiftyForward Madison Station member community. Two members of the FiftyForward Madison Station center (Alfred St. Aubin and Mary Taylor) surprised everyone by wearing authentic Hawaiian attire. Perhaps the most memorable statement of the evening came from Member at Large Kate Joy when she said how great it was to be reunited in person after the COVID-19 closures. She wowed the audience saying, “I want to thank the staff, the volunteers and the people who are here every day and make it worth living on.
FiftyForward Madison Station Center Director Brandy Lamb said, “We are grateful for the continued support, especially from the Madison community. It meant so much to come together in person this year to celebrate FiftyForward’s commitment to serving seniors. We look forward to seeing everyone again next year for our Whistlestop “train” stop in New York.
Following dinner and evening presentations to highlight the centre’s accomplishments over the past year, the following awards were presented.
The 2022 member of the year award went to Kate Joy. This award is given to an active member who, over the past year, has demonstrated consistent involvement, participation, leadership and/or service to FiftyForward Madison Station and its members. . His commitment to helping others and his sincere concern for others are tangible. Whether it’s knitting hats for newborn babies or watching over peer members when they’re not well or at the center, she shows a heart for the whole community. Upon accepting the award, Joy’s comments about giving the members a reason to keep living left some dry eyes in the audience.
The 2022 “Live Like Gilda” Community Service Award went to the Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia. The award commemorates the life and service of Gilda York, a lifelong friend and supporter of countless communities, including Madison and FiftyForward. MTSA has supported Whistlestop for 5 years and works with FiftyForward Fresh, our meal delivery service, to assemble emergency food bags that are distributed to food insecure seniors. Middle Tennessee School of Anesthesia President Dr. Chris Hulin accepted the award, which is given in recognition of an individual or organization that makes a difference through community service. Hulin fondly remembers his time working with Gilda York and expressed his deep gratitude for her team’s recognition and call to serve the community.
The 2022 Conductor of the Year award is given to the nominee who raises the most donations while representing one of Madison’s civic organizations. Board member Tonya Hancock representing the Kiwanis Club of Madison won this year’s honor ahead of Chuck Harter (Madison-Goodlettsville Rotary Club) and Curtis Gardner (Madison-Rivergate Area Chamber of Commerce) for community giving.
All of Whistlestop’s efforts benefit FiftyForward Madison Station and its diverse community of nearly 500 members. Through the center, members have access to vital services including transportation, legal advocacy, tax assistance and other important resources. The center also offers daily programming ranging from group art, music, and fitness classes to special events, volunteer opportunities, and more. Studies have shown that isolation is the greatest threat to the health and well-being of older adults. FiftyForward Centers have a profound impact on members by increasing their engagement and quality of life. (For an overview of FiftyForward Madison Station and how seniors benefit from engagement, visit https://bit.ly/3HbdyROFiftyForward).
This year’s Whistlestop sponsors include: Clover Health, Creekside Center for Rehabilitation & Healing, Dollar General, Garden Fresh Food Market, Kiewit, Memorial Foundation and TriStar Skyline Medical Center.
Founded in 1956, FiftyForward supports, advocates and improves the lives of people aged 50 and over. As a nonprofit serving Middle Tennessee, FiftyForward operates seven Lifelong Learning Centers – two in Williamson County and five in Davidson County – offering courses in health and wellness, arts, technology; virtual programming and exciting volunteer opportunities.
FiftyForward also provides comprehensive supportive care for seniors, including essential services such as FiftyForward Adult Day Services, FiftyForward Fresh/Meals on Wheels and Care Management. Learn more at www.fiftyforward.org and by following us @FiftyForward on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn.