Blow out the candles Areawide Council on Aging to honor longtime advocate Edith Schaffer for 85th birthday celebration
The Areawide Council on Aging and the community will honor Edith Schaffer Lederberg August 15 at her “85th Birthday Luncheon” to take place at the Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac. Lederberg has been a staff member of the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Broward County (ADRC) since August of 1977 and has served as the nonprofit’s executive director since 1986.
Major sponsors for the luncheon include: Broward Health; Sunshine Health;Broward Bank of Commerce; Dr. Murray and Mary Todd; Gale and John Fontaine; Ruth Haupert Lengemann; Humana; Vitas; Synalovski and Associates; Florida Power & Light Co.; and Goren, Cherof, Doody & Ezrol.
The Areawide Council on Aging, which administers the ADRC, was founded in 1974. Since then, it has been the federal and state designated focal point for planning, coordinating and funding projects and services for more than 381,538 senior Broward residents. Broward Meals On Wheels, senior centers, Alzheimer’s programs, legal, minor home repair, and a variety of adult day care, as well as in-home services are overseen by the ADRC under Lederberg’s leadership. The first Gay-Lesbian-Transgender Day Care Center was established by the organization and remains active.
Throughout the year, the ADRC coordinates a number of fundraisers in order to raise critically needed funds to help alleviate waiting lists. Lederberg was previously honored for her 70th, 75th and 80th birthdays, as well as at her completion of 30 and 35 years on staff.
Lederberg’s honors include being appointed as a White House Conference on Aging Delegate three times, a designated member of the Federal Judicial Nominating Commission twice, honored as a Woman of Vision by the American Committee for the Weitzman Institute of Science, inducted into the Broward Women’s Hall of Fame and being elected a Pioneer of Broward by the Broward County Historical Commission. The administrative building of the ADRC, located in Sunrise, is named in her honor.
A native of Freeport, Long Island, Lederberg moved to Florida in 1977 during the first recorded snow in Broward County. She is a published poet and advocate for older Americans. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a master’s degree in education from Hofstra University in New York. She currently resides in Tamarac.
For more information, call 954-745-9567 or visit www.adrcbroward.org.
Edith Schaffer Lederberg’s 85th birthday celebration "Through the Years" will take place Aug. 15 at 11:30 a.m. at the Woodlands Country Club in Tamarac.
Gale Fontaine, left, and Campbell Epes