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Caz resident honored with eldercare appreciation award

Honoree W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne, right, accepts the 2011 Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award from Eldercare Foundation President Sandra Martin and award presenter Rev. Msgr. Charles Eckermann.

Honoree W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne, right, accepts the 2011 Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award from Eldercare Foundation President Sandra Martin and award presenter Rev. Msgr. Charles Eckermann. Emily Dillon

W. Carroll “Nick” Coyne, Esq., of Cazenovia, was recently presented with the Eldercare Lifetime Achievement Award at the Eldercare Foundation’s “Gift of Age” Cabaret.

The award is presented annually to an individual whose lifelong work, personal advocacy efforts or community volunteerism has been significant and noteworthy.

“We hold this event with the hope of raising our community’s compassion for aging individuals and their families,” said President of the Eldercare Foundation Sandra H. Martin. “By recognizing the exemplary contributions of our honorees, we raise awareness of the importance of caring about, and caring for, our community elders.”

Coyne is a lifelong community volunteer, involved with multiple organizations including Mercersburg Academy in Pennsylvainia, Syracuse University, Le Moyne College, United Way, Loretto, InterFaith Works, Syracuse Symphony and Camp Dudley (YMCA).

He has held many leadership roles on non-profit boards within the community and is a distinguished Knight of Malta. Coyne graduated Syracuse University and the Syracuse University Law School, and is a retired partner of Hancock Estabrook, LLP, where he practiced labor relations law.

The evening’s other honorees were James H. Abbott, who received the Eldercare Accomplished Professional Award, and Syracuse Home Association, who received the Eldercare Corporate Champion Award.

Attendees enjoyed a cabaret featuring celebrated jazz and blues singer, Antoinette Montague, along with singer-songwriter and Central New York’s Sammy Hall of Famer, Todd Hobin. Hobin also served as the event’s master of ceremonies.

The event raised over $73,000 and the proceeds will be used to further the organization’s mission of enabling aging, ill and frail individuals to remain at home with dignity and independence.

Eldercare Foundation, Inc. is affiliated with Home Aides of Central New York, Inc., a not-for-profit agency and local leader in eldercare services since 1966.

Licensed by the New York State Department of Health, the agency provides critical eldercare services, including home health aide, personal care and companionship services, medical alert systems and respite care. Those interested can learn more by visiting eldercarecny.org.

Emily Dillon is public relations administrative assistant for Home Aides of CNY, Inc. She can be reached at 476-4295 or edillon@eldercarecny.org.

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