LIMA — The Baton Rouge Foundation held its sixth annual gala Thursday night at the Old Barn Out Back, a chance to raise needed funds to continue the foundation’s service to area seniors.
“The mission of the foundation is to help provide educational programs, services and resources to seniors in our community,” O’Neal said.
While the focus of the night was supporting the foundation, organizers also wanted to include a special member of the community in the spotlight. Three years ago, the foundation created the Senior Lifetime Achievement Award, an effort to honor area seniors who have exemplary records of community service.
“This is about honoring people who have done a lot for our community,” Baton Rouge Transitions Coordinator Angie Miller said. “A lot of what these people do is not in the spotlight.”
While many seniors are neglected in modern society, the Baton Rouge Foundation wanted to highlight not only the accomplishments of the senior community, but also society’s continued dependence on that generation.
“While many countries worship their seniors, we in America look to the younger generation for activism,”Sherri O’Neal, Baton Rouge’s vice president of business development and public service, said. “The Lima and Allen County community has a long history of senior citizens supporting and helping in times of need.”
This year’s award went to Bill Timmermeister, owner of the Lima Auto Mall, a business in which he has worked since 1965.
“He has done a lot for Lima,” Miller said. “Anytime he has ever been asked to lend a hand, he has always been willing.”
During the ceremony, Miller took a few minutes to highlight Timmermeister’s community contributions.
“His real passion is serving his community,” she said. “Bill is a lifelong Rotary member and past president. He has also chaired their scholarship committee. He has served on the board of many local organizations, including the United Way, the Better Business Bureau, the Allen County Historical Society, Lima Memorial Hospital, the YMCA of Greater Lima, Rhodes State College, the Allen Economic Development Group and others.”
While Timmermeister currently co-hosts a weekly radio segment on local history with WCIT’s Ron Williams, he had few words as he received his award.
“I wasn’t expecting this,” he said. “I’m very grateful.”
Timmermeister also received a $200 check to distribute in his name to a charitable organization of his choosing.
While the Baton Rouge Foundation was pleased to honor Timmermeister, the organizers were also pleased with how the event turned out.
“We had a great turnout tonight,” O’Neal said. “The food was great and everyone was loving the silent auction.”