John McCarthyBy: John McCarthy

As we enter into 2011 we can look forward to another busy year at Golden West. We can anticipate those hot summer days knowing that we finally completed the pavilion in the south garden. The pavilion was built in memory of Margaret Gray, a former resident of Golden West for many years. The cost of the pavilion was provided in large part by her family.

We can be assured that there won’t be any roof leaks in the South Tower now that we have the new roof replaced. Our fundraising efforts include writing grants and we did receive a grant to cover most of the cost of this $42,000 project. Hopefully, we will have fewer problems with the elevators now that the upgrades have been completed. The elevator upgrade was also funded with a grant from the City of Boulder Community Development Block Grant Program in the amount of $200,000.

Although the new dining concept didn’t happen in 2010 as anticipated and the project has its challenges, I am hopeful we can meet those challenges in a timely way and get on with the project. We are partnering with Morrison Dining, our dining services vendor, who is funding the majority of this project.

If things go as planned, we can look forward to replacing the windows in the Central Tower, which are 45 years old and not very energy efficient. We have approval from the City of Boulder Affordable Housing Fund in the amount of $500,000.

The Golden West fundraising committee comprised of residents from the Towers and Flatirons Terrace set a goal to raise $45,000 for 2010-2011 through the second annual Friends and Family Campaign, and we met that goal! I appreciate the work of this committee as they advise staff in the running of the campaign.

The Golden West Foundation Board of Directors will be focused on implementing the strategic plan for the Foundation as well as working with staff in elevating our visibility in the community to further our fundraising efforts. We have an active and committed board that believe in our mission and are supportive of the services we provide.

I look forward to another year of the positive things many, many of you express to me, residents and family alike. Every week people stop me and express to me how happy they are to live at Golden West or how great they think the staff are or how friendly and supportive Golden West has been for them.

I want to thank all of our donors and I want to wish you all a very Happy New Year!

John McCarthy
Executive Director