AARP gives $1000 to Emory Valley Center

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- An east Tennessee center, dedicated to
serving intellectually and developmentally disabled children and adults, is $1000 closer to replacing a soon to be demolished building.

Emory Valley Center is receiving the money thanks to Dr. Gene Caldwell and state Rep. John Ragan.

Ragan nominated Caldwell for the 2012 AARP Tennessee Andrus Award for Community Service, saying the retired pediatrician and former state lawmaker from Clinton “has been a tireless advocate for children, seniors and the disabled, and has contributed immeasurably to his community.”

Caldwell was one of three finalists for the award, earning him $1,000 for the charity of his choice. Emory Valley Center is raising money to replace the 55-year-old building that provides services, training, work and a home to hundreds of disabled children and adults. The building will soon be torn down. Caldwell is co-chairing the center’s capital campaign.

“This is about leaving a legacy for our most vulnerable citizens, many of whom were my patients. To see them find identities, friendships and meaningful work changes their outlook and behavior – and it lifts a tremendous burden from the hearts of their parents,” he said.

This marks the second year that AARP has given money to charities chosen by the top three Andrus award finalists.

Anyone wishing to donate to the EVC Capital Campaign may mail a contribution to P.O. Box 5328, Oak Ridge, TN 37831, or go online to