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AROUND TOWN: Silver Key finds silver linings at breakfast

June 9, 2014 Updated: June 9, 2014 at 3:28 pm
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photo - Jerome "Jerry" Schaefer, left, and Rick Yates have been a Meals on Wheels delivery team since the 1970s.
 051614 Photo by Linda Navarro
Jerome "Jerry" Schaefer, left, and Rick Yates have been a Meals on Wheels delivery team since the 1970s. 051614 Photo by Linda Navarro 

Busy years are coming up for Silver Key Senior Services and the agency is already running at warp speed. The Demography Office projects that by 2040 the number of seniors ages 65 and above will jump from 61,780 to 172,394,, Silver Key reported in its 2013 annual report.

At the eighth annual Silver Linings Breakfast May 16, Pat Ellis, president and CEO, had even more numbers: 52,000 Meals on Wheels delivered by more than 400 volunteers. There is a waiting list of clients and for volunteers.

More than 1,500 clients rely on them for transportation. Others need connections to resources.

Part of the program's physical growth problem will be accommodated as Silver Key moves from a smaller westside site to the former Katharine Lee Bates elementary school in Cragmor, an announcement finalized just days before the breakfast.

Folks will bring their dancing shoes for the next fundraiser: "Rockin' the 60s'" with poodle skirts, leisure suits and music by Flash Cadillac at the Antler's Hilton on Sept. 6. For more: Silver Key on Facebook or silverkey.org. Tickets are $100.

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