Tuesday, July 2, 2013

El Segundo TV: Elderfest honors Older American of the Year, local senior citizens

by Amy Lieu 
 A senior citizen who has contributed to the El Segundo community is honored at the 25th Annual Elderfest Celebration at the Hacienda Hotel.
Elaine Allen is awarded the Older American of the Year, one of the most prestigious honors for senior citizens in El Segundo.
Aside from Allen, the event was also an opportunity to acknowledge the local elderly citizens for their community service and involvement.
Allen said she couldn’t believe she received the award, much less deserved it. “But I got it, and I’m very honored to have it.”
More than 170 attendees celebrated with Allen.
The current El Segundo resident has lived in the city for 55 years, and is active with many local organizations.  
For the Lutheran Church, she has planned various fundraisers like fashion shows.
She is a member of the El Segundo Women’s Club for decades. There she served of the member of the board and raised money for scholarships for the youth, and created art for thank you cards, invitations and brochures for many events.
She has also assisted with many events for the El Segundo Senior Club.
 “This award means a great deal, when I think of the others that have received it in town and to be in amongst that group, it’s just beyond words.”
Friends describe her as having a great sense of humor.
Towards the end of Allen’s speech, she wanted to clarify a rumor that was going around town.
“I am the 2013 Older American of the Year, not Oldest.”
Allen just could not help but to make the whole crowd burst in laughter.  
This story appears near the middle of the latest episode of “Your City, Your News.” You can view it by clicking here.

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