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September 1998

Coordinated Care’s Prime Time Awards


Coordinated Care is pleased to introduce its 1998 Prime Time Awards honorees. These awards were created to honor Western New York citizens who exemplify successful aging.

The Prime Time Awards luncheon honoring this year’s awardees will be held on Tuesday, September 8, 1998 from 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Buffalo. For more information call 858-2307.

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Mildred Haskin

MILDRED HASKIN - Millie, is the prime example of productivity which seniors now have in our society. This youthful 88 year-old is a member of the Aurora Senior Center and she spends her days helping other people, especially the young. Volunteerism is her middle name. Millie, a breast cancer survivor, takes time to listen and comfort others traveling down the same road. She believes that positive thinking is 9/10ths of your recovery. Many senior women have progressed well because of her positive attitude and love of life.

Millie can also be seen daily driving her fellow seniors around town, assisting with their shopping errands or at the local lap pool swimming and enjoying the art of yoga.

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Christa Caldwell

CHRISTA CALDWELL - Christa Caldwell, age 65, exemplifies successful aging. Whenever possible Christa guides young adults on how important continuing their education is. Christa’s love of people and her generosity to individuals is number one. Christa was the first woman to serve on the Board of Trustees of the Lockport Savings Bank and the first woman to be honored as “Citizen of the Year” in 1992. Christa’s retirement has been as busy as her work life. Helping, mentoring and serving as the ultimate role model, she has inspired and been appreciated by all who meet her.

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Hugo Kahn

HUGO KAHN - Hugo, 83 years old, is still going strong! Hugo, a Holocaust survivor, teaches local high school children about the Holocaust seen through his eyes as a young boy living in Germany. He wants children to hear first hand the tragedies of that era.

In 1983 Hugo began volunteering at the Food Bank of Western New York and is now considered one of the most influential volunteers. He has “sold” the Food Bank concept to dozens of donors, helping to raise thousands of dollars. When anyone asks Hugo, “why do you do what you do?”, he states that “people must remembr that 40% of the food distributed is eaten by children. They are the future—we must feed and take care of them.”

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Nicoletta Sebastiano

NICOLETTA SEBASTIANO - Nicoletta, now 86, has always had a zest for life! While in her late 50s she decided to make her life long dream of teaching come true. Because of her excellent educational background and office experience, it was not hard for her to find a substitute teaching job in a local business school. Later, Nicoletta loved this school so much that she and her brother purchased it.

Nicoletta is a very warm, affectionate and caring person. People can rely on her for everything. She never says no! Nicoletta extends her caring and commitment to the community by her active involvement in the Cheektowaga Senior Center. She serves as a TAP volunteer, each week calling seniors in the community to check in on them, give encouragement and to make sure they are doing fine.

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Stanley Richter

STANLEY RICHTER - Stanley Richter, age 82, exemplifies successful aging and has dedicated his life to serving others. Stanley believes that exercise is the key to a long and healthy life. He walks daily around Martin Luther King Park and has won bronze, silver and gold medals in the Senior Olympics of Western New York.

Stanley, legally blind and deaf since 1978 loves to teach widowers and widows how to line and ballroom dance. His positive attitude toward life and his joyful spirit are a real gift to all who meet him.

Burt Flickinger Caregiver Award

LAURA FLYNN is a truly unique and loving person, going far beyond what most people would consider exemplary. Laura is the primary caregiver for her disabled brother-in-law Joe. He was in a car accident about 11 years ago, suffering a severe head injury that put him in a coma for 2 months. After that, he was in a specialized head trauma facility for a year. Joe remains a quadriplegic who cannot talk or take food or medicine orally. For many years Laura has selflessly and scrupulously seen to Joe’s proper care. It is a 24-hour a day, 7 days a week job, for which she is not paid. Finding competent and available professional in-home nursing care for Joe is very difficult. He is simply too much work for 99% of the RNs, LPNs and PCAs. He is not frail. Laura herself is disabled. She was in a car accident in 1990 which left her with broken neck bones, persistent pain and diminished use of her right arm. Laura Flynn is the epitome of a caring, loving person who does what she does because it is the right thing to do!



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Ralph Loew Humanitarian Award

RUTH KAHN-STOVROFF is the 2nd Recipient of the Ralph Loew Humanitarian Award. The award, named for the late Reverend Ralph Loew, a community leader and activist in Western New York, is presented each year at the Prime Time Awards Luncheon to a well known man or woman in their Prime Time years who continues to demonstrate the leadership, effectiveness and compassion which marked the life of Ralph Loew. Ruth, for many years a leader in Buffalo’s not-for-profit community, has led campaigns and programs for a variety of causes: to assist the blind, the ill, underprivileged children and families, among others. Known for her quiet, gracious manner, Ruth’s effectiveness with a group emanates from her ability to cut quickly to the heart of the matter at hand. Her advice is sound, filled with compassion as well as practicality. Her loyalty to favorite causes, friends and family is legendary. Ruth Kahn Stovroff perfectly exemplifies the principles which have made the Prime Time Awards so significant—successful aging is truly finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow of life—and sharing it.



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