Blessing of the Animals at Ashby Ponds

WHAT: Blessing of the Animals, sponsored by Galilee Methodist Church (Sterling, Va.), at Ashby Ponds retirement community.  There are 600 residents at the community and about 80 cats and dogs who also call Ashby Ponds home.  Historically, the blessing of the animals has been held on October 4 in honor of the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and ecology. WHEN: Tuesday, October 4, 2:30 pm WHERE: Ashby Ponds 21170 Ashby Ponds Boulevard Ashburn, VA 20147 (Blessing will be held at the gazebo in front of the community) CONTACT: Please contact Jessica McKay at 703-923-4690 or jessica.mckay@erickson.com should you wish to visit the community and cover/take photos of the event.  The event is open only to media and residents of Ashby Ponds community. ABOUT ASHBY PONDS:  Ashby Ponds, one of 16 retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 132-acre campus in Ashburn, Virginia (approximately 30 miles west of Washington, D.C.).  The community is home to 600 residents and is filled with fascinating people and fantastic opportunities.  Life at Ashby Ponds offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  More information about Ashby Ponds can be found at: www.ericksonliving.com.