Preston Center of Compassion honors Councilman Jimmy Vacca for years of service

Sr. Patricia Warner (left) presents Councilman Jimmy Vacca (right) with an award for his years of service to Preston Center of Compassion's Senior Run Program.
Photo courtesy of Preston Center of Compassion

Preston Center of Compassion’s Senior Run Program is empowering seniors to get active in their community.

The program, located in Throggs Neck, was created to offer seniors a variety of activities to go to beyond the usual “Bingo night.”

Through the program, seniors are invited to attend shopping trips, listen to guest speakers, and learn the importance of “a healthy body and mind”.

The center’s senior run program is funded by New York City Department of Aging through a grant sponsored by Councilman Jimmy Vacca.

Vacca was honored by the center at a luncheon held at Schuyler House on June 6 for his years of dedication.

During the ceremony, Sr. Patricia Warner, executive director of Preston Center of Compassion, thanked Vacca for his support to the senior citizen population in Throggs Neck.

It also presented him with a Leadership & Compassion Award.

The ceremony also included a guest speaker, Cormack McEnery, an elder care attorney who spoke about the importance of planning for the future, estate planning and elder law.

Vacca said the group is very well known in the community and they provide an important service that is not a luxury but a necessity to seniors in the area.

“I’ve supported them since I’ve been in the council,” Vacca said. “They are one of the many senior groups that I’ve wanted to support because of all of the things they do. I know of their great work and I was honored that they thought of me.”

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