Greenspring Celebrates Diversity with International Night

Staff members celebrate and share cultural heritage with residents during an evening of entertainment and culinary delight

[caption id="attachment_121912" align="alignright" width="300"] Greenspring staff member David Mambu, resident Roy O'Connor, and staff member Sarah Turay. (credit Roy O'Connor)[/caption] (Springfield, Va.) - Woodland Skies, one of the full service, on-campus dining venues at Greenspring, recently hosted an International Night event at the community.   The restaurant was transformed into an intercontinental stage celebrating various regions of the globe; staff members from those regions celebrated their cultural roots with traditional dress and music throughout the evening.  Additionally, residents at Greenspring were able to enjoy authentic and diverse selections prepared by the culinary team at the community.   Greenspring resident Roy O'Connor and his wife, Lynn, had front row seats for the International Night festivities.  "The young people who staff our dining rooms are so upbeat, vibrant, and friendly," said Mr. O'Connor.  "Most of these high school and college age students are first generation Americans who are proud of their cultural heritage and enjoy sharing it with us.  It creates such a wonderful, interesting international dimension to living at Greenspring." On July 31, Greenspring will also host their annual Diversity Expo for both residents and staff.  The expo will be an interactive event highlighting the cultural diversity found within the community.  Guests will indulge in food and drink from around the world, visit with outside vendors, enjoy authentic cultural entertainment, and learn about some of the resident groups on campus that celebrate heritage and diversity. About Greenspring:  Greenspring is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the over 1400 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at www.ericksonliving.com.