Many of know of Joe Steckler and his work with seniors since my retirement from the Navy in 1988 and subsequent move to Satellite Beach. Over the years many have helped with Joe’s nonprofit efforts. Joe now heads a nonprofit called Helping Seniors of Brevard.
CLICK HERE to read Press Coverage about the one-of-a-kind Helping Seniors Benefit Auction, coming up Saturday, August 17th 2015, in Hometown News.
Helping Seniors was founded in 2011 to educate seniors and their caregivers, advocate on their behalf, and link them to available resources. One way that Helping Seniors does this is through media outreach. Joe hosts the Helping Seniors radio show that is broadcast every Thursday at 1 PM on WMEL 1060 AM; his editorial columns appear monthly in Hometown News, Senior Scene Magazine, Spotlight Magazine and Ebony News Today: and we have weekly TV shows on Bright House channel 49 and daily programs on Space Coast Government TV (Bright House channel 499. )
Last August, Helping Seniors opened its first office. In one year, Helping Seniors has provided case management to more than 500 seniors, all at no cost to them. In many instances this entails numerous calls back and forth, as Helping Seniors follows up with each caller until the problem is resolved.
Helping Seniors budget is small as much of the operational costs are donated. Joe, himself, takes no salary; and considers just being able to help a contribution. Helping Seniors main revenue sources are media sponsors, donations and grants.
The First Annual Helping Seniors Benefit Auction
Here’s your opportunity to help us while having a good time yourself:
Helping Seniors is holding its first fundraiser on Saturday, October 17 from 6-10 PM at Holy Name of Jesus Church. The Helping Seniors Benefit Auction will feature many valuable and collectible items including:
- Indian arrowheads c. 8000 B.C. fashioned into jewelry;
- 40 handmade rugs from Russia, India, Pakistan, Iran, and China, including ten donated by Falasiri Rugs of Vero Beach.
- Posters of Super Bowl XLIX signed by Heisman Trophy winner Joe Bellino, Brady, Coach Belichek, and other Patriots.
- Dated copy of the Great White Fleet sent by Roo sevelt around the world in 1907
- Signed photo of fellow USNA grad Bruce McCandless making the first untethered space walk
- Art by local and national artists including Frits Van Eeden, Phil Capen and Cecy Turner
Helping Seniors is asking for a donation of $25 for one ticket or donation of $100 for five tickets. Each ticket entitles the holder to wine and food at the event, a live and silent auction, plus entry into a drawing to win an Oriental rug donated by Falasiri Rugs.
To purchase tickets, call our office at (321) 473-7770. All proceeds will be used to help seniors. Should you simply want to donate and have a chance to win a rug, it will be much appreciated; however, this is an event you will want to attend as the offerings are unusual and you may be able to get a “good deal.”
As Joe Steckler, President of Helping Seniors of Brevard adds, “I hope to see you there! “
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