CareLink’s 60th anniversary party, a full-filled evening dedicated to celebrating the agency’s milestone year, increasing awareness about mental illness, and raising funds to support the CareLink’s many worthwhile programs, was held at The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve on October 2.
Approximately 120 guests were on hand to enjoy drinks, dinner, dancing, and an online auction with dozens of fabulous items up for bid, including jewelry, premier tickets to sporting events, golf at area clubs, theater tickets, gift cards, and more.
After dinner, guests heard moving testimonials from CareLink program participants Cassandra Brown, Michael Lall, and Bob Wetzel, who spoke passionately about their experiences with the agency.
Cassandra, who struggled with recall and memory problems after suffering a traumatic brain injury, reflected on what it was like when she began working with CareLink’s Office of Career Services. “One of my goals was to continue taking classes and finish school,” she explained. “My Career Specialist and I worked on techniques to memorize words, how to study, and to just go and give it my best. Every time I went into the Career Services office, there was just more positivity, more encouragement. I got more comfortable and I began to think, ‘You know, I think I can do this.’”
CareLink President/CEO Eileen Joseph made remarks and presented the inaugural Friendship Circle Award to two individuals and one business that have served as strong, longstanding community partners to the agency: Ann S. Binder, Director Disability Services at Delaware County Community College; Gerald L. McCabe, Vice-chair of CareLink’s Board of Directors; and Assistant Store Manager Eric Johnson, accepting on behalf of GIANT Food Stores.
“The Friendship Circle Award derives its name from the Quaker roots of CareLink’s founder, Marcie Schmoeger,” Eileen explained. “Marcie was a devout member of the Quaker religious sect, which is also known as Friends, and her fellow congregants at the Lansdowne Meeting of the Society of Friends were instrumental in helping to lay the foundation for Tricounty Fountain Center, now known as CareLink. That compassion and dedication is consistently demonstrated by the community partners who support the work CareLink does today.”
CareLink’s 60th anniversary party and auction raised a grand total of more than $30,000 for the agency’s programs–thanks to all of our generous sponsors and auction donors!
CareLink’s 60th anniversary celebration features an auction and festivities at The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve!
Join us in celebrating CareLink Community Support Services’ 60th year at The Ballroom at Ellis Preserve on Wednesday, October 2nd! The event, dedicated to increasing awareness about mental illness and raising funds to support the agency’s many worthwhile programs, will feature hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, dinner, music, and dancing.
Tickets to the anniversary party are $125 per person or $200 per couple. Please note that CareLink employees enjoy a special staff discount! Employees should contact Kate Rosin at firstname.lastname@example.org or (610) 874-1119, ext. 613 to obtain a discount code before ordering.
The 60th celebration also includes an online auction with dozens of fabulous items up for bid and more added daily! The auction opens at 11:00am on Wednesday, September 25th and closes during the 60th party on October 2nd. All auction proceeds benefit CareLink’s programs and services.