Today’s Options Champions competition kicks off

image001Help Honor Someone Making a Difference in the Lives of Older Adults in Central New York

Today’s Options®, a local Medicare Advantage health plan, is asking the community to identify individuals who are helping to better the lives of older Americans in Central New York. Now throughJune 20, Today’s Options is asking local residents to visit and nominate a Champion.

Today’s Options Champions are your neighbors, your friends, your colleagues, your parents. They are Central New York residents who are an example of how one person can make a difference in the lives of older adults.

Five finalists will be recognized as Today’s Options Champions during a Syracuse Chiefs pre-game ceremony August 4, 2016. They will also participate in an online competition where baseball fans, the community, and friends and family can vote for the individual story worthy of earning the grand prize.

The 2016 Today’s Options Grand Champion will be recognized at the New York State Fair and presented with a $10,000 donation to their chosen charitable organization.

“We are excited to bring the Today’s Options Champions competition to the community once again this year,” said James Mackenzie, SVP of Sales for Today’s Options. “The competition opens our eyes to the amazing work of individuals and not-for-profit organizations that are making an impact on the lives of older adults in Central New York. We want to find these Champions and recognize their important contributions to the community.”

Last year’s recipient of the $10,000 grant was North Area Meals on Wheels. Bob Graves, a volunteer and president of the North Area Meals on Wheels board, was the 2015 Today’s Options Grand Champion. Additionally, four worthy individuals were Today’s Options Champion finalists in the 2015 competition: Jen Coman, Mike Gasapo, Hume Laidman, and Lennie Tucker.

“Being named the Today’s Options Grand Champion was a mountaintop experience,” says Bob Graves. “As a nonprofit serving the senior population, North Area Meals on Wheels is always financially challenged to keep the cost of our services as affordable as possible. The $10,000 grant was put directly towards our cost of goods so we can continue to provide nutritious meals to our seniors.”

Today’s Options created Today’s Options Champions to complement its strong commitment to making a difference in the communities where its employees live and work. The Competition honors individuals who embrace older adults in helping them live a healthier and happier life, while also sharing Today’s Options’ goals of improving quality of life and maximizing access to services for seniors and people with Medicare.

The Competition is open to the general public living in one of the following counties: Cayuga, Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga, Oswego, Otsego, and Tompkins.

For more information, Today’s Options Champions official rules and submission information, visit the website

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