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AARP Driver Safety recognizes The Center with "Top 100 Host" Award

From more than 18,000 organizations nationwide, AARP Driver Safety recently recognized The Center in Brainerd with the inaugural “Top 100 Host” Award for its outstanding support in 2013. The Center has supported AARP Driver Safety for many years by collaborating with local volunteers to host its classroom-based driving refresher course, designed to help drivers age 50 and older stay safe and confident behind the wheel.

DeAnn Barry, the director of The Center, said “The Center is proud to have received the AARP Driver Safety’s 100 Host Award. Offering the driver safety classes in our facility is a good fit; it is one of the many ways we serve individuals age 55 and up. We look forward to collaborating with AARP for many years.”

From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, 2013, The Center offered 26 courses at its facility, reaching 444 participants in the lakes area. To offer some perspective as to just how momentous this achievement is, AARP Driver Safety volunteers work with more than 18,000 local community organizations to offer more than 30,000 AARP Driver Safety courses each year. Collectively, the top 100 of these 18,000 hosts held 2,000 courses and reached more than 43,000 participants last year.

AARP Driver Safety’s Top 100 Hosts are recognized based on the following criteria. Of the thousands of organizations that held a course in 2013, the top 75 hosts that reached the largest number of participants were selected. From the remaining organizations, the next 25 hosts that held the highest that are tremendously supportive, but may not be located in as densely populated areas.

The Center continues to offer AARP Driver Safety events, including the new and enhanced AARP Smart Driver Course, which was released in January. The course is open to drivers of all ages, and AARP membership is not required to take the course.

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