PrimeLife Enrichment to honor drivers on July 13

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PrimeLife drivers include, back row from left, transportation volunteer Margy Scarl, Lynn Croxton, Keith Fiedler, Steve Boros, Bob Beebe, Bill Whitehead, Mike Looney, John DiCarlo, Bill Jourdan, Phil Hagan, Gene Bruns, Bob Morris, John Perkon, transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely, front row, Frank Diehl, Tom Collins, Morrie Adams, Bill Benitz and George Billeisen. Not pictured are John Nelligan, Mimi Merchun, Richard Parks and Tom Darling. (Submitted photo)

PrimeLife drivers include, back row from left, transportation volunteer Margy Scarl, Lynn Croxton, Keith Fiedler, Steve Boros, Bob Beebe, Bill Whitehead, Mike Looney, John DiCarlo, Bill Jourdan, Phil Hagan, Gene Bruns, Bob Morris, John Perkon, transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely, front row, Frank Diehl, Tom Collins, Morrie Adams, Bill Benitz and George Billeisen. Not pictured are John Nelligan, Mimi Merchun, Richard Parks and Tom Darling. (Submitted photo)

By Renee Larr

The clients and employees at PrimeLife Enrichment know that the senior center’s team of drivers is a key to its success, and they’re inviting the community to help them say “thank you” on July 13.

The drivers for Carmel’s PrimeLife Enrichment, which provides activities and social events for adults age 50 and older, provide rides for members to go everywhere from the grocery store to doctor’s appointments to the center itself.

“We have over 20 drivers who drive our seniors throughout the community to the places they need to go,” activity coordinator Dee Timi said. “It’s extremely important that it’s a good program.”

Second Helpings will provide lunch at 11:30 a.m. for PrimeLife’s drivers and clients as well as anyone from the community who wishes to attend. Drivers will be presented with new shirts from Village Custom Embroidery in Zionsville.

“We’ll have a cake, and lunch will be provided. Second Helpings provides our lunch every Wednesday,” Timi said. “The drivers will talk and tell some of their stories. They have some funny and some serious stories. We’re also hopeful we can get the Carmel Police Dept. to come and maybe give them a certificate for their safe driving.”

The drivers work from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. but many work beyond those hours to fulfill the needs of PrimeLife members.

“We just need to tell them they’re appreciated. These clients would not be able to go anywhere without them. They get them where they need to be and even talk to the clients,” transportation coordinator Cindy McNeely said. “About 3/4 of them wouldn’t be here if we didn’t go get them, because they don’t drive. Our drivers are always willing to stay as long as it takes.”

McNeely said none of her drivers have had an accident or ticket while she has been transportation coordinator.

The lunch is open to the public, and there is no cost to attend. PrimeLife Enrichment is at 1078 3rd Ave SW. For more information, visit primelifeenrichment.org.

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