The recently concluded FALA (Florida Assisted Living Association) Annual Conference and Trade Show held from July 10th to July 12th was a remarkable event that left attendees with lasting memories. This year’s conference featured three key moments that touched the hearts of everyone present, honoring exceptional individuals who have made significant contributions to the assisted living community. Let’s delve into these extraordinary moments that brought tears to our eyes and filled us with admiration and gratitude.

  1. The Tammi Wathen Above & Beyond Award: During the conference, FALA introduced a new award, The Tammi Wathen Above & Beyond Award, named after Tammi Wathen, FALA’s Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships & Events. Tammi has been the driving force behind the scenes, playing an integral role in ensuring FALA’s success, particularly during the challenging CEO search period. Her dedication, unwavering support, and tireless efforts have made FALA the exceptional organization it is today. This award will serve as a legacy honoring Tammi’s impact and will be bestowed upon deserving individuals annually. We congratulate Tammi on this well-deserved recognition and extend our gratitude for her invaluable contributions.
  2. The Sid Rosenblatt Excellence in Leadership Award: Shelia Mobley, a prominent member of FALA’s board of directors and the owner of Living Southern Style of Brevard, was awarded the prestigious Sid Rosenblatt Excellence in Leadership Award. The announcement came as a delightful surprise to Shelia, highlighting her outstanding leadership and commitment to the assisted living industry. In her acceptance speech, Shelia emphasized the significance of having a supportive spouse by her side of in the assisted living industry. Her heartfelt acknowledgement recognized the crucial role that partners play in ensuring the success of these demanding positions. Shelia’s words resonated deeply with the audience, reminding us of the importance of support and understanding in this challenging profession.
  3. Emily’s Angels: A Charitable Initiative: The FALA Foundation Board presented the creation of a new Special Action Committee, Emily’s Angels, during the conference. This committee is dedicated to honoring the memory of Emily Adkins, daughter of FALA Board member Doug Adkins. Emily’s Angels aims to make a positive difference in the lives of underprivileged residents in assisted care communities across Florida through charitable giving. The emotional presentation touched the hearts of everyone present, and the committee received a significant boost with a generous $100,000 donation from Sunshine Health. The compassion and generosity displayed by the establishment of Emily’s Angels serves as a powerful reminder of the profound impact we can make when we come together for a common cause.

The FALA 2023 Annual Conference and Trade Show left a lasting impression on all attendees, showcasing the remarkable achievements and selfless dedication of individuals within the assisted living community. The recognition of Tammi Wathen with The Tammi Wathen Above & Beyond Award, the acknowledgment of Shelia Mobley with the Sid Rosenblatt Excellence in Leadership Award, and the establishment of Emily’s Angels by the FALA Foundation Board all served as poignant moments that moved us deeply. These exceptional individuals and initiatives exemplify the true spirit of compassion, leadership, and commitment that make the assisted living industry thrive. The FALA Annual Conference continues to be a source of inspiration and a platform to celebrate these deserving individuals and their invaluable contributions to the community.

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