The Schuylkill Elder Abuse Prevention Alliance (SEAPA) hosted its third annual Hornbrook Memorial Awards luncheon at The Greystone Restaurant on May 14. The luncheon was held in conjunction with the dedication of a monument to the victims of elder abuse. (read more about the monument here)
The awards are named in honor of John J. Hornbrook, Pottsville, who donated a third of his estate in perpetual charitable trust to SEAPA. The donation also made the purchase of the memorial possible.
The annual awards are given to an individual and a group who have helped the agency or the elder community.
“John embodied the ideals and principles that SEAPA stands for and that is to embrace and empower our seniors to continue to be respected, contributing members to society,” Mika, a co-founder, said.
This year the awards were given to representatives from the state Department of Aging Institute of Protective Services at Temple University, which helped establish SEAPA 10 years ago.
Ronald W. Costen, a professor and director of the institute at Temple University, received the individual award, while Linda Mill, investigations manager, and Allison Benkert, financial crimes investigator, received the group awards. Chris Dubble, Project Coordinator, and Lori Knockstead, Project Manager, were not able to attend the luncheon but were also awarded the group award and will be honored at a SEAPA meeting in June.