California Parks and Recreation Society District 3 Awards
Showcase Award - Outstanding Special Event
Richmond Commission on Aging, Senior Winter Ball
The Commission on Aging celebrated its 20th Annual Senior Night Out event in 2013. The event consisted of seniors enjoying dinner, entertainment by a 60s soul tribute band, prizes, photos and a no host bar. Originally created for caretakers of homebound and isolated seniors to enjoy a “night out” of entertainment, dinner and socializing, this event has grown and attracted the baby boomer generation who want to enjoy music from their generation and have a more “party” and celebratory atmosphere. In 2013, the CoA met the baby boomer generation request with the introduction of the tribute band, Top Shelf and kept the foundation of the event by gathering sponsors for tables for homebound, low income and/or isolated seniors who could not afford to attend. In addition, they honored 2 female centenarians in an elegant and celebratory ceremony with the assistance of the Richmond Mayor, County Supervisor and Congressional office.
Mr. Jerry Anderson
Jerry has worked for the City of Richmond Recreation Department for a total of 41 years; three years as part time and thirty-eight years as full time. Jerry evidently found his passion because he started as Recreation Leader, promoted to Recreation Specialist, Recreation Program Coordinator and finally became a Community Services Program Manager.
Jerry has made significant contributions to the Richmond Recreation Department and the entire Richmond community particularly in the areas of youth activities and sports. He believed in fostering unity and partnership for the whole community and he was instrumental in establishing various collaborative programs in our multi-ethnic community that have provided services and programs for youth, adults, seniors, disabled people and the community as a whole. His professionalism and leadership have earned him the highest accolades and deepest respect from the community, participants and non-profit agencies.
Dubbed as Richmond’s father figure in 1994 by the West County Times, Jerry’s passion, hard work and dedication has motivated those that he served to achieve beyond their highest expectations. He has been a true role model for participants and peers alike.