PCOA Founder, Marian Lupu, Receives Award

Marian Lupu: PCOA Founder Receives Community Foundation for Southern Arizona 2016 Buddy Amos Founders Award

Nearly fifty years ago, Marian Lupu gathered together a group of community volunteers to start the Tucson Council on Aging. The nonprofit agency later became Pima Council on Aging (PCOA) and in 1973 the organization was designated as the local Area Agency on Aging for Pima County.

“The agency she founded in 1965 gives voice to the needs of older adults, and brought to fruition many important firsts she initiated in partnership with her staff and volunteers over the years,” said  Barbara Brown, Vice President Program Services and Community Initiatives at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona.

Among them: the first case management system to coordinate in-home supportive services for older adults; the creation of the Pima County Ombudsman Program; the development of the first Home Repair program; provision of respite services for family caregivers; development of a Medicare insurance counseling program and more.

Brown presented her remarks about the Buddy Amos Award and the competitive review of 11 different nominations by committee members who ultimately selected nonagenarian Marian Lupu to receive the 2016 Buddy Amos Founders Award. Lupu received the award Wednesday during the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona’s  annual event at Hacienda del Sol in Tucson.

“Let me share some of the words used to describe her by the nominator, W. Mark Clark, PCOA’s President and CEO, and the individuals who wrote letters of support: tenacious, enthusiastic, committed to social justice, a leader, a natural speaker and fundraiser, a mentor, an advocate, inspirational, the go-to-person at the local, state and national level, formidable,” Brown added.

“Marian is a true pioneer in her field and PCOA is the fruition of vision and initiative, inspiration and impact at the local, state and national level,” said nominator W. Mark Clark, PCOA’s President and CEO.

“Decades of ‘firsts’ followed, and generations of Pima County’s families have turned to PCOA for vital programs and services that promote the health, security and well-being of older adults,” Clark said.