Navigation Links
Grandson of Slaves Wins Experience of a Lifetime, Heads to Washington, D.C. to Attend Presidential Inauguration Events
Date:1/16/2009

Special Senior Set to Witness 'Greatest Moment of His Life'

NASHVILLE, Tenn., Jan. 16 /PRNewswire/ --

    WHO:        Alfred Bouey, resident of Holley Court Terrace, a Brookdale
                Senior Living independent and assisted living community in
                Oak Park, Ill.

    WHAT:       Bouey has been honored as a winner of his Experience of a
                Lifetime, and is headed to Washington, D.C. to witness and
                take part in the historic Presidential Inauguration of
                Barack Obama.

    WHEN:       Bouey and his family will be in the Washington, D.C. area
                from Jan. 18-21.

                With special thanks to Destination DC, Washington, DC's lead
                tourism and marketing corporation, Bouey and his family will
                observe the swearing-in of Barack Obama and the Inaugural
                Parade from the comfort of the Power Spot Lounge at the
                Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center on
                Jan. 20.

    SUMMARY:    "I remember growing up in the south when everything was
                segregated," said Bouey. "I never dreamed this day would
                ever happen in American history."

                "I can recall the days of slavery when my grandfather and
                grandmother were whipped and beaten, and had the scars to
                prove it," said Bouey. "When I saw Barack Obama come out to
                make his acceptance speech, I started crying and never
                stopped. I still don't believe it to this day that he was
                elected President of the United States."

                Bouey won this opportunity through Brookdale's Experiences of
                a Lifetime program. Residents at selected Brookdale Senior
                Living communities nationwide were given the opportunity to
                share and submit their wishes as part of a program called
                Experiences of a Lifetime. They filled out a survey form
                explaining an experience they would like to have fulfilled,
                and how that related to one or more dimensions of the
                company's Optimum Life(R) concept.

                Bouey's mother worked hard, and Bouey was able to attend
                school. After graduating from high school, he attended
                Arkansas A&M for Negroes only.

                He was drafted into the Segregated Army, and served his
                country with a group of African-American men. Being one of
                the only college-educated men there, he quickly moved up the
                ranks and was promoted to Sergeant.

                Returning to the South after serving duty, Bouey found that
                nothing had changed. There were no jobs for him, and
                segregation was still a major fact of life.

                In June of 1946, Bouey couldn't take it any longer, and moved
                to Chicago with $10 in his pocket and no place to go. When
                President Truman opened the opportunity for African-Americans
                to work in the government, Bouey took an administrative job
                with the Army Procurement Division.

                In 1954, Bouey was part of the first group of
                African-American men to become police officers for the
                Chicago Police Department.

                For Bouey, President-Elect Obama represents "hope." "When
                Obama was elected, it was not a dream come true because I
                never dreamt it would happen," said Bouey. "But I sure
                'hoped' it would."

                "To see the inauguration of President Elect Obama will be the
                greatest moment of my life," said Bouey. "Not many people can
                say they have the opportunity of witnessing history in the
                making."

                In addition, on Friday, Jan. 16 Senator Don Harmon (39th
                District Illinois) sponsored a special proclamation which was
                awarded by the Illinois State Senate to Bouey in recognition
                of his participation in the Inauguration, and the Experiences
                of a Lifetime program.

                Brookdale's Optimum Life(R) concept is geared toward
                cultivating whole-person wellness through fulfillment in six
                key dimensions: physical, emotional, purposeful, social,
                spiritual, and intellectual. The company's Experiences of a
                Lifetime program provides a helping hand in making some of
                the dreams of its residents come true.

Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is the leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The company owns and operates independent living, assisted living, dementia care, skilled nursing and continuing care retirement centers. In all, Brookdale operates 550 communities in 35 states with a capacity to serve approximately 52,000 residents, as well as operating a dedicated rehabilitation and therapy group serving its communities and residents nationwide. Brookdale is committed to providing exceptional living experiences within properties that are purpose-built, designed and operated to help residents live well while achieving an Optimum Life(R). Brookdale Senior Living communities provide a daily experience of programs, services and care that are unique as a result of the collective talents and inspiration of the residents, their families, and its associates -- demonstrating Brookdale's promise of "Our People Make the Difference." Brookdale is a publicly-traded company (NYSE: BKD). For more information, visit http://www.brookdaleliving.com.


'/>"/>
SOURCE Brookdale Senior Living Inc.
Copyright©2009 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine news :

1. The Endovascular Forum, Inc. and the Society of Interventional Radiology Partner to Extend the Clinical Influence of Electronic Medical Care Advancement Through Communities of Practice Designed to Deepen the Conversation of Clinical Experience and Advance
2. Women May Be More Likely to Experience EMS Delays for Heart Care
3. Roche Offers Fun Experience with ACCU-CHEK(R) Aviva Through New Rock My Meter Website
4. A life with pain -- new study examines the experiences of older people
5. It takes 2 to know 1: Shared experiences change self-recognition
6. Equal Health Hires Experienced VP Chandler
7. PA/NJ/DE Nurses Discover New Job Search Experience
8. Experiences of rape unique to Rwandan women survivors of genocide
9. DNA2.0 Expands European Presence By Opening UK Office: Experienced Life Sciences Executive, Dr. Michael Dyson, to Lead European Operations
10. Major Retailers Experience 161% Increase in Attempted Hacker Attacks, According to SecureWorks
11. How to Ensure Your Companys Survival: Leaders to Discuss at the 11th Annual Customer Experience Conference in Las Vegas
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... Global Healthcare Management’s 4th Annual Kids Fun Run brought out many kids ... sponsored by Global Healthcare Management’s CEO, Jon Letko, is aimed at getting kids excited ... all ages; it is a non-competitive, non-timed event, which is all about having fun ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “America On The Brink”: the Christian history of the United States and the ... published author, William Nowers. Captain Nowers and his wife, Millie, have six children, ... in the Navy. Following his career as a naval aviator and carrier pilot, ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( https://isocomforter.com ), one of the ... new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support and ... pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated from ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2017 , ... HMP ... the recipient of a 2017 Folio Magazine Eddie Digital Award for ‘Best B-to-B Healthcare ... City on October 11, 2017. , The annual award competition recognizes editorial and design ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... ... in property taxes a year. In some states—like New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, ... contrast, many overseas retirement havens have extremely low property-tax rates, which contributes to ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  Caris Life Sciences ® , ... the promise of precision medicine, today announced that St. ... Precision Oncology Alliance™ (POA) as its 17 th ... St. Jude Crosson Cancer Institute will help develop standards ... of tumor profiling, making cancer treatment more precise and ...
(Date:10/10/2017)... EXTON, Pa. , Oct. 10, 2017   ... leader in innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today ... of West,s ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration ... the Fourth Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by ... Team Lead, Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Mass. , Oct. 4, 2017  According to the Centers for ... the end of October . PhysicianOne Urgent Care is helping communities across ... Westchester, NY , by offering no-cost* flu shots through the ... as mandated by certain health insurance regulations. ... The best time to get a flu shot is by the ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: