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Mary Blair Darling Honored by New Top Team Award for Citrus Walk Aware

Posted on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 at 1:59 am

Members of the staff at Home Instead Senior Care receive the Mary Blair Darling Award for fielding the largest walking team at Citrus Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s 2017. Seated from left to right are Alzheimer’s Family Organization Board President Debbie Selsavage, Award namesake Mary Darling, and Jackie Goodbred, the organizer of Home Instead Senior Care’s winning team. Standing from left to right are Home Instead Senior Care staff members Tammie Fearon, Sherri DeCarlo, Cheryl Durel, Kristen Haeseker, Claudette Lansberry, Vickie Williams, and Michelle Bryant.

The Alzheimer’s Family Organization has created a perpetual award in honor of Citrus County resident Mary Blair Darling to recognize the top walking team at Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s, an annual event staged to raise funds for the non-profit Alzheimer’s Family Organization.
Mary Blair Darling, the namesake for the award, has been honored for her service as a volunteer ombudsman for the Florida Department of Elder Affairs from 2009 to 2018. During that period, she protected the interests of seniors living in care facilities in five west-central Florida counties, including Citrus County. Her duties included training, speaking, and inspecting care facilities to assure that residents’ rights are served with dignity and compassion while meeting State standards of care.
The new award has been presented to the home health care provider Home Instead Senior Care in Lecanto for fielding the largest team at last year’s inaugural event, and will be passed on to the sponsor of the largest teams at all future events. For more information about Home Instead Senior Care in Citrus County, call 352-249-1257.
This year’s Citrus County Walk Aware for Alzheimer’s will be staged in Floral City on October 20, 2018. For an entry fee of $25, walkers can choose a historic walk through scenic Floral City, or a nature walk on the Withlacoochee State Trail. In addition, there will be live music, drawings for prizes, bar-b-que, the Life South blood mobile, free hearing screening, a chance to experience a virtual dementia tour, and much more. Walkers can join on line at or call 352-616-0170.