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Aug. 31: Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center Hosts Chinese Moon Festival Celebration

August 31, 2022

Contact:         Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, Fellow PRSA – Serving Seniors

                        619-997-2495 or GLF@SAN.RR.COM


MEDIA ADVISORY: Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center Hosts Chinese Moon Festival Celebration

Saturday, September 3, 2:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

1525 4th Avenue, San Diego – MAP

Music, dance, fellowship and celebration will fill the Serving Seniors Gary and Mary West Senior Wellness Center for the Moon Festival on  Saturday, September 3.

Doors open at 2 pm. Events get underway with a traditional Lion Dance at 2:30 pm, followed by a series of performances and presentations through the event conclusion at 5 pm.

The Moon Festival or Mid-Autumn Festival, “Zhongqiu Jie (中秋节)” in Chinese, is the second most important festival in China after Chinese New Year. It is also celebrated by many other Asian countries, such as Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

In China, it is similar to Thanksgiving as a time for family and friends to gather for meals, celebration, and entertainment.

Serving Seniors CEO Paul Downey will be the guest of honor. A significant group of older adult clients at Serving Seniors are of Chinese ancestry.

About Serving Seniors

Founded in 1970, Serving Seniors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in San Diego, California, dedicated to serving low-income adults aged 60 and over. A leader in senior advocacy and programming, Serving Seniors has created an innovative model of comprehensive services including nutrition meals, housing, health and social services and lifelong learning opportunities to hundreds of seniors in need. It is the largest provider of meals to seniors in the county, and one of the only organizations in the nation providing a robust range of services to vulnerable, at-risk older adults.

Serving Seniors President and CEO Paul Downey has been instrumental in the organization’s growth over the past 27 years. Since being appointed the role in 1995, Downey has guided the nonprofit’s innovative efforts to provide supportive services focused on keeping low-income seniors healthy and independent. Under Downey’s leadership, Serving Seniors has grown to provide more 1.7 million nutritious meals and coordinated services to 7,000 older adults each year. Read Serving Seniors’ groundbreaking 2021 report, Senior Homelessness: A Needs Assessment.  

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