Conscious Party: Council on Aging celebrates 50 years

Photo courtesy of the Council on Aging.
Photo courtesy of the Council on Aging.

WHAT: Council on Aging of Buncombe County’s 50th anniversary gala

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 23, from 6:30 to 10 p.m.

WHERE: Doubletree Hotel, Biltmore Village, 115 Hendersonville Road, Asheville

WHY: The Council on Aging of Buncombe County will celebrate its golden anniversary with a gala to raise funds and expand the Council’s mission of linking senior adults and their families with information, opportunities and services that enhance their quality of life.

“This golden 50th anniversary is certainly worthy of a true celebration,” said development director Eric Mills in a release for the event. Mills adds that as the country’s population continues to age, the council’s mission will grow increasingly relevant — giving the council the opportunity to “celebrate what we can do for the next 50 years.

“This gala is a bit like a standing ovation mixed with an encore presentation,” Mills adds.

Executive Director Wendy Marsh also emphasized to Xpress the importance of making the council’s information and services available, especially since there are more people over age 60 in Buncombe County than there are 17 and younger.

“In 2002, we served 75 clients in our social work program; this year we have served about 2,000,” Marsh says. “Medicare counseling has increased from about 800 in 2010 to 2,000 per year.”

To spotlight the council’s mission, personal elder-care success stories will be presented throughout the evening at the gala. Asheville four-piece, band Citizen Mojo will perform a blend of classics, blues and rock, and a plated dinner with vegetarian and vegan options will be served. The event, which is co-sponsored by Parsec Financial Wealth Management, also features a silent auction with art and jewelry from local artists.

Tickets to the “Celebrating 50 Years” gala are $75 per person. For reservations or sponsorship information, call 277-8288. — Michael McDonald

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