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Surprise named finalist in America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards

The City of Surprise has been named the National Finalist in the MetLife Foundation/Generations United America’s Best Intergenerational Communities Awards.

The awards are designed to heighten awareness of the importance intergenerational solidarity plays in building strong, supportive communities.

“This national recognition reflects that our city is truly a community of all ages,” says Mayor Sharon Wolcott. “In growing One Surprise, we champion our residents coming together in support of civic engagement, education, volunteerism and community pride.”

The city was recognized for several intergenerational programs including the work of local middle school and high school students assisting the senior members of the Surprise Sundancers in supporting signature city events, such as Surprise Party, Movie Nights at Surprise Stadium, etc…

The panel also lauded the Youth Civic Leader Program as a winning concept where a teen leader is selected to interact and participate with the City Council during Work Sessions and Regular Meeting presentations.

“We congratulate the City of Surprise on being the national finalist. It takes a great deal of effort and forward thinking to create a community where residents of all ages thrive and want to be part of their hometown,” notes Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United.
“MetLife Foundation understands the value of programs that encourage generations to work together for the benefit of the entire community,” explains Dennis White, president and chief executive officer, MetLife Foundation. “Communities that care for and engage all members – regardless of age – deepen bonds between the generations and set an important example for other communities to follow.”

In addition to Surprise being named the National Finalist, the communities winning the overall award are: Greater Richmond Region, VA; Greater Plymouth Area, WI and Carlisle, MA.

A blue-ribbon panel of judges selected the winning entries from among a host of applicants from across the country.

The awards will be presented February 11 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The Best Intergenerational Communities awards program is made possible with a grant from MetLife Foundation.

About the MetLife Foundation: MetLife Foundation was created in 1976 to continue MetLife’s long tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. Today, the Foundation is dedicated to advancing financial inclusion, committing $200 million over the next five years to help build a secure future for individuals and communities around the world. MetLife Foundation is affiliated with MetLife, Inc, a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

About Generations United: For nearly three decades, Generations United http://www.gu.org has been the catalyst for policies and practices stimulating cooperation and collaboration among generations, evoking the vibrancy, energy and sheer productivity that result when people of all ages come together. We believe that we can only be successful in the face of our complex future if generational diversity is regarded as a national asset and fully leveraged.