For 15 years, North Central resident Lyle Sharp has brought help and hope to elders who desperately wish to remain living in their own homes. Sharp is a volunteer with Duet: Partners In Health & Aging, a nonprofit organization that promotes health and wellbeing through a broad range of services to older adults who need one-on-one support.
Sharp has provided hundreds of rides to medical appointments for elders, serving as their link to medical care while also offering her warm smile and company.
Over the years, Sharp, who is 85, has taught computer skills to two neighbors, provided paperwork assistance to two neighbors, served as a weekly friendly visitor to three neighbors, and grocery shopped for seven neighbors, including two currently. The grocery shopping aspect of her service alone equates to weekly help for 23 years.
“In addition to helping individuals age in place with dignity, Lyle has provided data entry assistance in Duet’s office twice weekly over these many years,” said Elizabeth Banta, executive director of Duet.
In gratitude of her many years of volunteer service, Sharp will receive the Dosia Carlson KARED About Award at Duet’s 25th Anniversary Poinsettia Tea, beginning 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale at Gainey Ranch, 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road.
The award “recognizes compassionate caring in a person whose incredible work embodies Duet’s mission to enhance the quality of life for older adults and their families,” Banta explained. The award is named after the summer cottage fondly named “KARED About,” where family members of Duet’s founder, The Rev. Dr. Dosia Carlson, often vacationed.
More than 500 guests of all ages will gather for the timeless tradition of afternoon tea with scrumptious scones, sandwiches, and sweets. The Swingtips will perform live during this celebratory fundraising event that has taken place for a quarter of a century to raise funds for Duet’s health and aging services.
Tickets to the Poinsettia Tea are $70 per person, $37 of which is tax deductible. For reservations, call 602-274-5022. MasterCard, American Express and Visa are accepted. For more information about Duet, visit www.duetaz.org.