Lutheran Foundation Welcomes New Donors with Luncheon

Cornerstone Council members in attendance at the luncheon: front row (L to R): Virginia Rumfelt; Sharon Hamilton; and Patty Calanni, Northwest Insurance Services. Back row (L to R): Tom Holt, member and Lutheran President and CEO; Debbie Brandow, Allied Alarm Services; Gwen Axelson, Lutheran Development Officer; and Mike Roberts, Allied Alarm Services.

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Over 70 community members recently attended the Lutheran Foundation’s annual donor luncheon honoring members of the 2016 Touching Lives Club and members of the Juliet Anderson Rosch Society. The Touching Lives Club recognizes donors for their annual giving white the Rosch Society recognizes donors who have established planned gifts in support of Lutheran’s residents.

“You all do so much for Lutheran and everyone we serve. The things we do would not be possible without your generous support,” said Gwen Axelson, development officer for the Lutheran Foundation. The Touching Lives Club was created in 2007 to honor donors who give financial gifts in support of all the programs at Lutheran.

One particular program, G.A. Family Services, receives Lutheran Foundation gifts throughout the year. An eighth grader from Frewsburg school district attended the luncheon to talk about her experience in the foster care program, having just been officially adopted, and what donor support meant to her future.

Other programs supported by the Lutheran Foundation are the Edgewood Communities, Senior Life Matters, Lutheran Home and Rehabilitation Center, Hultquist Place Assisted Living Program, Warner Place Medical Model Adult Day Care Program, and the RSVP and Foster Grandparent Programs.

“Your contributions enhance the programs and services offered here at Lutheran. You make a difference in the lives of everyone we serve,” said Tom Holt, president and CEO of Lutheran. New members of Lutheran’s Cornerstone Council were also recognized at the event. Cornerstone Council members are individuals or businesses who have given $10,000 cumulatively since 1996 when the Lutheran Foundation was first established. The new members included EFPR Group, Wade E. Elliott, William and Kathleen Evans, and Thomas and Carol Maier.

For more information or to make a donation to Lutheran, please visit or call Gwen Axelson at 716-665-8137.
Lutheran, a Christian organization, is a comprehensive continuum of community, residential, and home based supportive services that help people of all ages gain or retain independence.