Nintendo Wii games, shuffleboard and table bowling are all enjoyed at the Fayetteville Senior Center thanks to gifts from the Congressman George C. Wortley Foundation. Other gifts from the Wortley Foundation have steadily updated the kitchen and dining facilities, provided a fire-proof filing cabinet, helped with landscaping and supported the memory Tree.
Most of these gifts are the result of the annual Wortley Golf Tournament, which this year will be held July 12 at Woodcrest Golf Course, on Cheesefactory Road. The Wortley Foundation was formed to financially support the Fayetteville Senior Center at 584 E. Genesee St. Before he was elected to the House of Representatives, Congressman Wortley was on the committee that analyzed the need for and recommended the purchase of the Fayetteville Senior Center property. For many years he was the honorary chairman of the Memory Tree event and usually was able to return to Fayetteville from Washington to participate in the annual tree lighting ceremony.
The Wortley Foundation was organized by friends of Congressman Wortley to recognize his years of service to local organizations, Fayetteville and the town of Manlius A golf tournament as a fund raiser was initiated by George Cerio, the late Leonard Markert, Henry McIntosh, Bill Scofield and Msgr. J. Robert Yeazel with members of the Senior Center providing valuable volunteer assistance.
The Foundation’s financial plan, developed by Charles Swanson, is to donate needed improvements to the Senior Center as well as to create an endowment to ensure future operations.
The Senior Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday and some evenings under the direction of Karen Fitzgibbons and her assistant Janet Best, with Diane Benke as kitchen manager. The center has approximately 300 members and is open to all seniors within the town of Manlius and surrounding areas.
For information on how to participate in this year’s tournament, contact Mike Small at email@example.com or 637-9185 or the Greater Manlius Chamber of Commerce at firstname.lastname@example.org or 637-4760 by July 3.