PrimeLife Enrichment to host Italian-themed fundraiser April 29


By Desiree Williams

PrimeLife Enrichment Inc., will host its first-ever fundraising event at its facility, 1078 Third Ave. SW, at 6:30 p.m. April 29.

From left, Becky Hayes, Howard May and Diana Weaver attend a previous PrimeLife fundraiser. (Submitted photo)

Although PrimeLife Enrichment has existed since 1977, the Carmel location is the first facility owned by the organization. Sandy Stewart, development director, is excited to have enough space for people to see the center and experience what it does.

“You’re asking people to raise money to support your mission,” Stewart said. “We like the idea of having people be able to see our mission right in front of them.”

PrimeLife Enrichment is a nonprofit dedicated to providing socialization and healthy lifestyle options to those age 50 and older. The agency provides services at home, transportation and a variety of classes and socialization efforts at the activity center.

Stewart has worked for PrimeLife Enrichment since 1992 and was executive director for 20 years.

“I don’t know if I was guided into this profession or if I drifted into it, but I started first in nursing homes, so I’ve been in elder services for over 30 years,” she said.

As development director, Stewart arranges all fundraising efforts for the agency.

“This is the generation that built our society, that raised us, that developed what we have and what we enjoy,” she said. “They deserve to have the best possible life in their older years.”

Since 2006, the theme for each fundraiser has fallen under “Life’s a Journey.” This year will be a journey to Italy for “Unlimited Pasta-bilities.”

Sherman Burdette, Fox 59 feature reporter, will emcee. The fundraiser will feature an Italian dinner, music and dancing to Rhatatat, a live auction and silent auction. Those interested can participate in the auction online if they cannot attend the event.

Tickets are $100. All proceeds will fund operations and programs at the center. To learn more and purchase tickets, visit


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