The Story

Naming the Wing

The Person Senior Wing is named after the late Evert Bertil Person, devoted philanthropist and founder of the Finley Foundation. Person was originally an engineer who took over as co-publisher of the Press Democrat in 1945, where he worked for 40 years. The Press Democrat gained a reputation of devotion to community service as Evert Person led the family-owned newspaper in that fashion. After selling the Press Democrat to The New York Times Co. in 1985, Person continued to contribute to the community. He had a passion for supporting charities, nonprofit and local organizations, and health care in significant ways that will not be forgotten. The contributions of the Finley Foundation have, and continue to make, a significant impact on the community. Over the years, Evert and his wife Norma have donated around $40 million to various Sonoma County organizations and causes including $7 million to help fund development of the Finley Park, the existing Finley Community Center and the Finley Aquatic Center. The Finley Foundation’s most recent contributions totaling $3.5 million toward development of the Senior Wing were monumental in making the dream of this facility a reality. The senior wing bears Evert Person’s name in honor and appreciation of his generosity and commitment to the Santa Rosa community.
Evert and Norma Person, picture upclose
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Look for the Oak Tree

As you browse Recreation & Parks website, look for the green Oak tree icon which denotes that an event, program, activity, or service is being hosted in the new Person Senior Wing. Why an oak tree? The old Heritage Oak tree in the front courtyard of the Finley Recreation Complex has been growing in that same place since before the facility was ever built. It is large, strong and continues to thrive year after year. It is the welcoming landmark for guests entering the complex, a fitting representation as Heritage Oak Trees are a common symbol of strength and endurance and the Finley Recreation Complex opens up a whole world of opportunities for community members to explore the physical and mental health and wellness benefits of recreation. With the addition of the Person Senior Wing to the complex, the recreational opportunities expand even further for our active adult population and anyone else eager to take advantage of its amenities. Come visit us soon and see for yourself.

Major Donors

  • Ernest L. & Ruth W. Finley Foundation: $3,500,000
  • Larry & Gudrun Simons Fund: $500,000
  • Jim Kaumeyer: $250,000
  • Anonymous: $200,000
  • Henry Trione: $100,000
  • Sy & Sel Burkowitz: $50,000
  • Friedman Family: $50,000
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Timeline (PDF)

Senior Wing Timeline, from Spring 2002 until 2013

From the Ground Up