In honor of the founder's father the Leon David Simmons Award is bestowed upon extraordinary family caregivers of the ill, disabled and elderly during the Annual Caregivers Award Luncheons. The luncheon is held in celebration of National Family Caregivers’ Month. COME has recognized over one hundred and twenty family caregivers from the Bronx to as far as Columbia South Carolina. Caregivers are nominated by their physicians, pastors, co-workers, employers, families and friends.
The first luncheon was held on November 19, 2007 at the Dreiser Loop Center in Co-op City. The event was sponsored by AARP Peachtree Chapter 4997, AARP New York State Office. Jacqueline Cherry was recognized as a family caregiver for her father.
Leon David Simmons Award History
The 2019 Leon David Simmons Gala Nominees
Family caregivers may not have the loudest voice in a room filled with people. They may not be seen as assertive, popular or the center of attention. They may not win an election, or seek fame. Still, family caregivers ARE humble, giving, caring, and will set aside self for the benefit of another. They are tenacious and have endurance, faith and hope. They quietly go forth touching the lives of all in need of service. They are the gifts that God has placed on this earth to be constant reminders that
THE GREATEST AMONG US IS THAT OF A SERVANT! Matthews 23:11