Lourie Center to continue legacy of service to Columbia residents and aging population | News
Hundreds of Columbia residents joined Sen. Joel Lourie and his family as the Capital Senior Center unveiled its new name—Lourie Center—in honor of the late Sen. Isadore Lourie.
At a ceremony on Thursday, April 18, Sen. Joel Lourie, with his family standing by his side, recounted the essence of whom his father was and why he should be remembered.
“He was a voice for those who had no voice, including our state’s seniors so they can enjoy the quality of life they have today,” Sen. Lourie said. “When you look at this center … this facility has the look and feel of Isadore Lourie, and we are honored by that. Years from now, when our children and grandchildren come to the Lourie Center they will know two things—that he loved people and that he loved service.”
Distinguished guests including Mayor Steve Benjamin, community leaders, the board of directors and center members gathered to celebrate the renaming and look ahead to how the center will continue to grow and provide critical programs and services.
The Lourie Center’s new identity and fundraising efforts will support the center’s ongoing mission and help sustain more than 175 hours of planned programs and activities currently offered monthly to a diverse audience.
The center also offers meeting and event space, and provides activities for members and neighbors in the community, including the popular ‘Wine and Unwind” series, and “Tours with Faye” which are open to the public and involve cultural outings, regional travel and international trips.
For more information about the Lourie Center, its programs such as volunteer opportunities, membership and facility rentals, as well as directories to local and national resources for adults 50 years and older, visit the updated Lourie Center website, www.louriecentersc.com. For additional information, contact Mary Kessler, Lourie Center executive director, at 803-779-1971.
About the Lourie Center:
The Lourie Center’s mission is to keep older adults physically fit, socially engaged, intellectually stimulated and independent. The Center is a not-for-profit recreation center for adults ages 50 and up with a diverse membership of over 850 vibrant Columbia residents.