William L. Greene has been named Chairman of the 2012 Masonicare Quality of Life Walk. This year’s Walk will be held on Saturday, May 19, 2012 at the Great River Park Amphitheater inEast Hartford.
“I’m honored to serve as this year’s Walk Chair,” Greene said. “I’ve served as a volunteer on previous Quality of Life Walks and I can tell you that it’s great event for a great cause.”
A resident ofCoventry, Greene grew up in Willimantic and attended Windham Technical High School for carpentry. After serving in the Army, he went to work at Pratt & Whitney, where he held a number of positions until his retirement 40 years later.
It was through his involvement with the Masonic fraternity that Greene, a Past Master of Connecticut Masons, first became aware of a healthcare provider for seniors based inWallingfordand founded on the ideals of Masonry. We know it today as Masonicare. Since then, Greene has served on virtually every board of Masonicare and its affiliates. In addition to his Masonic involvement, Greene is a longtime supporter of Special Olympics Connecticut, regularly participating in Penguin Plunge fundraisers.
Proceeds from the walk, coordinated by The Masonic Charity Foundation of Connecticut, will benefit the Quality of Life Funds at Masonicare Health Center in Wallingford, Masonicare at Newtown, and Masonicare Home Health & Hospice. The Quality of Life Funds at these Masonicare affiliates are used to meet the needs of residents and patients when no other funding sources are available.
Dental care, home health aide visits, telehealth services, and providing Certified Nursing Assistants (CNA) at medical appointments are just a few examples of the purchases made possible by the Masonicare Quality of Life Funds. Without charitable contributions from loyal donors, Masonicare simply could not provide the high level of care that its residents and patients need and deserve.
In previous years, hundreds of enthusiastic walkers and volunteers – including members of the Masonic family, Masonicare employees, Masonicare residents and other participants from across the state – donned their walking shoes for a scenic trek along the Connecticut River. Walkers have a choice of three distances: half-mile, mile, or three miles. Organizers hope to register 500 walkers and have set an overall fundraising goal of $41,000.
“People should sign up for the Walk because it’s a lot of fun and because it’s another way to give back to the residents and patients of Masonicare,” Greene said. “Improving their quality of life is what it’s all about.”
For more information about the Masonicare Quality of Life Walk or to register: Visit www.masonicare.org/mcf or contact the Walk Hotline at 203-679-5585 or email Kate Tedford, Special Events Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org