November 4, 2016   |    Press Releases, Ways to Give

Wesbury Honors Area Seniors and Groups

Senior Tribute 2016


On Thursday, October 13th, Wesbury recognized the community service efforts of three individuals and two organizations at the 8th Annual Senior Tribute Banquet and Auction. The event was be held at the Iroquois Club in Conneaut Lake.

We all know people or groups who amaze us with their talent, generosity and selflessness. They may be a friend, a neighbor, a relative, or someone from your workplace or church. Each year, Wesbury seeks to find these extraordinary individuals, aged 65 or over; or extraordinary groups or organizations with members of any age. The nominees are honored by allowing Wesbury to tell their story and applaud their contributions at the Annual Senior Tribute. The event is truly inspiring and not only spotlights these unsung heroes, but also serves as a fundraiser for Wesbury’s benevolent care fund, which helps support Wesbury residents who have outlived their financial resources and require charitable care.

The Honorees for 2016 Include:

  • M. Kent Brace of Meadville has spent the majority of his life helping others. From mentoring 4H and “at-risk” youth to building wheelchair ramps to “Make a Difference,” Kent is a kind man who cares deeply for his community, compelled to lend a hand to any neighbor in need.
  • Each week, more than 200 people turn to the Edinboro Food Pantry for their weekly sustenance. While Robert Devine is quick to point out that he is not the only volunteer deserving of the recognition for their good work, it is obvious without Bob’s dedication and service to the Food Pantry, the task to help so many in need could be a much more difficult endeavor.
  • Making sure area residents have their needs met is important to Scott Ladner of Conneaut Lake. Whether leading or following with Lions Club projects or educating about the importance of conservation and land management, Scott brings equal enthusiasm when it comes to helping others.
  • Throughout his teaching career and since his retirement, George Rutherford has been giving back to his community and the Conneaut Lake Historical Society and Museum. Always looking for ways to help, George is a true example of a senior in service to his neighbors.
  • Village Friends, Inc. of Corry is a part of a movement to help older adults stay safe, stay connected, and remain in their home as they age by providing links to the important services they need. From transportation needs and handyman services to planned trips and social gatherings, seniors of the Corry area can obtain the life-enhancing amenities they need to remain independent in the community they love.

The Event is Supported By:

Founding Sponsors

UPMC Health Plan, Associated Contractors, Inc., Northwest Pharmacy Solutions, LLC., and Wilkinson Excavating, Inc.;

Heritage Sponsors

First National Bank, Northwest Insurance Services, PNC Bank, Sodexo, and McKesson;

Signature Sponsors

Armstrong, McGill, Power, Bell and Associates, LLP, Cross Paving, LLC and RE Johnson Electric.


Now Accepting Nominations for 2017

The Wesbury Foundation is now accepting nominations for the 2017 Senior Tribute Banquet and Auction. The deadline for nominations is July 31, 2017.

Download a Senior Tribute nomination here or they can simply be written on a sheet of paper and sent to The Wesbury Foundation, 671 Calvin Court, Meadville, PA. 16335.


Wesbury United Methodist Retirement Community, located at 31 N. Park Avenue in Meadville, is a mission-driven, not-for-profit organization committed to providing compassionate care and services to area seniors. For more than 95 years, Wesbury has offered the full continuum of aging services, including independent living, enhanced living and personal care, skilled nursing care as well as in home outreach services to more than 500 people every day.