Media Contact: Andrea Hawkins/Dallas Park and Recreation/214.670.4678
WellMed Charitable Foundation is continuing its commitment to the City of Dallas and to the Dallas Park and Recreation Department's Active Senior Adult Program. For the third consecutive year, the foundation has contributed $150,000 to the park department for the underwriting of the annual and monthly recreation access fees for Dallas residents 60 and older, thus ensuring that Dallas’ recreational programs and services are available - at no cost - to the city's most treasured residents – senior adults.
Through this partnership, senior adults who live anywhere in Dallas can participate in the department’s Active Senior Adult Program and in recreational activities at any of our 43 recreation centers. Since WellMed’s initial donation three years ago, 10,530 active seniors have benefited from innovative and diverse recreational and leisure activities held at recreation centers and at the WellMed Senior Activity Center.
Dallas Park and Recreation Board president Calvert Collins-Bratton acknowledged WellMed’s contribution, saying "Every senior who participates in the department’s senior adult programs experiences WellMed’s philanthropic spirit and their generosity is available to seniors who live in every community and neighborhood in the city.
In addition, the department’s collaboration with the foundation has resulted in the WellMed Charitable Foundation Senior Activity Center, an ultramodern facility offering seniors who live anywhere in the city a leisure and recreational space that caters to their health, wellness, fitness and diverse social needs. The activity center is the department’s facility to provide recreational and leisure opportunities exclusively for residents ages 60 and older. Since its opening in December 2018, the activity center has registered 3,000 participants.
For information about the department's senior programs, visit DallasParks.org or call (214) 670-0355.
WellMed Charitable Foundation (www.wellmedgives.org) is a non-profit 501(C)3 organization that supports seniors and their caregivers with special emphasis on wellness, prevention and living with chronic illness. Established in 2006 by Dr. George M. Rapier III, a noted physician and the Chairman of the Board, the Foundation has contributed millions of dollars to Texas-based non-profit groups. The Foundation oversees several initiatives benefiting seniors and caregivers, including Caregiver SOS resource centers, the Caregiver Teleconnection, and senior center health and wellness programs.