Blow out the can­dles Areaw­ide Coun­cil on Ag­ing to honor long­time ad­vo­cate Edith Schaf­fer for 85th birth­day cel­e­bra­tion

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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

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