Each year, we look forward to the launch of our Photo & Testimonial Contest. We receive hundreds of photos capturing the true essence of what Supportive Living (SL) is all about. We hear stories of what SL means to residents and family members. We see the success of Supportive Living in the photos of friends laughing, sharing special moments, playing games and living a healthy, active life. Each entry we receive should demonstrate the important role Supportive Living plays in the lives of Illinois’ seniors and individuals with disabilities, and reinforce what we’ve always known: Supportive Living = Healthy & Happy Living.
This year, help AALC capture the essence of SL by participating in our “A Colorful Life” photo and testimonial contest. We’re looking for entries that showcase how seniors and individuals with disabilities are living the Supportive Living lifestyle - a lifestyle filled with happy moments. Whether participating in physical fitness activities or cooking with friends, volunteering, creating art or singing, we want to see what your residents are doing that brings them joy.
So get your camera out and your pencil ready! It’s time to start capturing life in your residence and then share your moments with the rest of the SL family during the 2018 “A Colorful Life” photo and testimonial contest!
Photo Contest Overview
Your photo entries should capture the spirit of Supportive Living and demonstrate the many things you do to bring your residents happiness and help them live “A Colorful Life.”
- Residents taking a field trip to a local park to hike.
- Residents participating in activities that bring them joy.
- Residents taking part in arts and crafts, music, dancing and more!
Testimonial Contest Overview
Each testimonial entry should describe how Supportive Living has helped residents lead a full, happy life. For instance, a testimonial could mention:
- How community activities have encouraged the resident to try new things and experience new adventures.
- How a resident found a network of friends who have greatly improved their sense of wellbeing.
- How a resident has become more outgoing and self assured through Supportive Living.
- How friendly competitions such as Wii bowling or trivia give the resident something to look forward to.
- How family is at ease knowing the resident is surrounded by friends and a necessary support system.
Each entry will be limited to 50 words or less. All entries should be accompanied by a photo of individual in testimonial.
Winning entries from both the photo and testimonial contests will be awarded cash donations to sponsor resident or employee activities at the Supportive Living communities they represent!
First Place: $200 cash donation
Second Place: $100 cash donation
Third Place: $50 cash donation
All communities submitting entries acknowledge they have a signed waiver on file at their facility stating that the resident agrees to have their photo and/or testimonial entered into the contest and understands it may be used for promotional purposes by AALC on the website, Facebook and in promotional/collateral materials.
2017 Photo Contest Winners
1st Place: Alexian Village of Elk Grove | A Salute to Harry Carey
2nd Place: Springfield Supportive Living | Salsa Makes Us Happy!
3rd Place: Heritage Woods of Charleston | Cupids Couple
Honorable Mention Photos
Testimonial Contest Winners
AALC is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Testimonial Contest. This year, we received a record number of testimonials from SL communities across the state. It was hard to pick our favorites but we believe our top testimonials capture the spirit of Supportive Living and demonstrate why “Happiness is Ageless!”
Lois Corbitt - Cambridge House of O’Fallon
“Our community activities have many residents taking a new look at life. When I moved in I found I was surrounded by many new friends, and the opportunities to be involved in activities had me trying new things all the time. You wouldn’t expect residents to be playing volleyball, but we do it with a beach ball, played inside where it is safe and fun.”
Sharon Mounts – Prairie Winds of Urbana
“Living here has given me more confidence in myself. And, I have transitioned to a much happier atmosphere. Everyone here, staff and residents, is so nice and helpful. There is so much to do and enjoy. Life is better and I have a lot to live for.”
Vivian Youngblood – Heritage Woods of Flora (written by son, Dennis)
“Since Mom moved in, she’s made new friends; she’s always talking to somebody. She’s not lonely anymore. It really gives us peace of mind there’s always someone around. We took her house and put it into two rooms. It looks exactly like it did at home.”
Honorable Mention Testimonials
Jean Tull – John Evans
Ken Fanning – John Evans
Mary Falls – The Kensington
Mickey Oswald – Gateway at River City
Elijah Densmore - New City Supportive Living
John Payne – Prairie Winds of Urbana
Missie Sanguedolce – Gateway at River City
This contest would not be possible without the support of our sponsors. Thank you Sponsors!