Aging Partners has received a $42,000 grant from the Schmieding Foundation to purchase equipment for its new Health and Fitness Center, 555 S. 9th Street. The Schmieding Foundation was founded by Lawrence H. Schmieding, a Lincoln native and entrepreneur. Schmieding's niece, Vicky Rokeby, and her husband Bob were recognized at the Aging Partners Fitness Center open house today.
"We are very grateful to the Schmieding Foundation for its generous contribution to help seniors stay fit and learn how to manage their health," said Aging Partners Director Randy Jones. "Many older adults will benefit from this generous gift for years to come."
The gift is the second major grant to Aging Partners from the Foundation. In 2013, the Schmieding Foundation generously funded the purchase of an ADA-compliant 12-passenger bus for the agency's senior center transportation service.
Schmieding passed away in 2009. In partnership with his brothers, Schmieding created H.C. Schmieding Produce, a wholesale distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables, in Springdale, Arkansas. He was an advocate for children and older adults. His experience as a caregiver for his brother served as a foundation for his philanthropic efforts, including his work with the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, which operates the Schmieding Center, a state-of-the-art senior clinic and education facility. It was the first regional center on aging in Arkansas and the first geriatric clinic in northwest Arkansas.
More information on Aging Partners Health and Fitness is available at aging.lincoln.ne.gov, or by calling 402-441-7575.