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Greenspring Sets a New Record, Raising More Than $2 Million in 2015 for Community Programs

Dec 21, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) - The spirit of giving is alive and well year-round at Greenspring as residents, staff, families, and business partners together raised $2,050,000 in 2015 to support three special community programs: the Greenspring Resident Benevolent Care Fund, the Greenspring Scholars’ Fund, and the Greenspring Hospice Fund.

The Benevolent Care Fund provides support to residents who, despite careful planning, outlive their financial resources. The money donated to the fund allows for residents experiencing financial adversity to continue living at Greenspring, in their home, among their friends, receiving the care that they need. The Scholars’ Fund at Greenspring provides...

Greenspring’s 12th Annual Holiday Pet Parade Features Nearly 40 Dogs

Dec 7, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) – Nearly 40 dogs “paw”ticipated in this year’s Holiday Pet Parade at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield. The dogs, who pranced along the runway donning their most festive holiday fashions, were those of residents, staff members, and special invited guests.

More than 200 attendees packed the Hunters Crossing Conference Center for the parade and saw a variety of unique dogs from a Catahoula Leopard mix to a Schnoodle to a Havana Silk Dog, and many more! This year’s special guests included two Newfoundlands, Blue and Sammi, as well as a Boxer named Zuni, and two...

Sinatra’s 100th—A Rat “Pack”ed House for Ol’ Blue Eyes

Dec 3, 2015
The Generation That Lived and Loved Frank Sinatra will come together for a tribute at Greenspring December 11, 2015 | 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM

(Springfield, Virginia) --- Frank Sinatra would have turned 100 years young on December 12, 2015. On Friday, December 11th, over 150 members of the generation that lived and loved Frank will celebrate his birthday with live music and signature Sinatra cuisine at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia.

Local performer, Billy Finch —a resident of Silver Spring, Maryland—will entertain as Frank Sinatra on December 11th. Performing to an anticipated packed house of...

Greenspring Donates 320 Thanksgiving Turkeys to Area Families in Need

Nov 20, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) – On Friday, November 20 th , residents and staff at Greenspring retirement community participated in the 13th annual Turkey Trot on campus. The event is held each year to help raise funds for several area nonprofits. As a result of the funds donated by the community this year, Greenspring was able to distribute 320 turkeys to local families in need through three area nonprofits: SOME (So Others Might Eat), Central Union Mission, and Southeast Whitehouse.

“I want to thank you for contributing to a really worthy cause,” said Brad Hibbs, Wellness Manager at Greenspring, addressing...

Over 200 Join Greenspring Program to Salute Veterans

Nov 11, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) - On Wednesday, November 11, over 200 residents and family members attended a Veterans’ Day program at Greenspring retirement community. “Today is a day to remember and honor all of our veterans,” said resident Bob Zikowitz, U.S. Army (Ret.), who served as Master of Ceremonies.

This year, the guest speaker for Greenspring’s Veterans’ Day program was Amy Wittman, Editor in Chief of SEAPOWER magazine and Staff Vice President of Communications at the Navy League of the United States. The Navy League was founded in 1902 and is comprised of 40,000 civilians providing a powerful...

Greenspring Receives National Award for Culture of Diversity and Inclusion

Nov 2, 2015
The award was presented by LeadingAge at the association’s national conference in Boston

(Springfield, Virginia) – Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community, has received the 2015 Hobart Jackson Cultural Diversity Award from LeadingAge, a national association representing 6,000 nonprofit aging services organizations throughout the United States. Greenspring’s Executive Director, Ben Cornthwaite, accepted the award at the LeadingAge national conference in Boston on November 2.

“We are extremely proud to receive this award from LeadingAge,” said Cornthwaite. “As a community, we recognize that we live independently, but we live independently together, with the understanding that our actions...

Greenspring’s Fall Food Drive Benefits ECHO

Oct 26, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) – Since 2007, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield has held food drives twice annually to benefit the community’s neighboring organization, ECHO (Ecumenical Community Helping Others). ECHO is an all-volunteer charitable organization that provides emergency needs for food and financial aid to low income residents in the Springfield and Burke regions of northern Virginia. Residents and staff contribute non-perishable food items during each of the drives, providing for an opportunity to help local residents in need. Many residents and staff have also volunteered at ECHO over the years. During Greenspring’s fall food drive, the community collected...

Greenspring’s Michelle Gamache Honored by Washington Redskins During Breast Cancer Awareness Event

Oct 20, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) - Michelle Gamache, who is the Communications Manager at Greenspring retirement community, recently participated in the Washington Redskins Charitable Foundation’s eighth annual All-Star Survivors Celebration. Michelle was one of 31 women battling breast cancer to be honored at the event.

Just three weeks after Michelle became engaged to her fiancé, Joe, on New Year’s Day this year, she was diagnosed with invasive breast cancer. Following her diagnosis, she underwent eight rounds of chemotherapy and a bilateral mastectomy. Michelle has been a Redskins fan since she moved to the D.C. area about seven years ago, but...

Greenspring's Earle Williams to Receive Arts Council of Fairfax Award

Oct 15, 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) – On October 30th, the Arts Council of Fairfax will present four 2015 awards which recognize “the extraordinary contributions of artists and arts organizations, as well as foundations and the private sector, that support the arts in Fairfax County and the Cities of Fairfax and Falls Church,” according to their website. Earle Williams, now a resident at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, will receive one of those commendations, the Jinx Hazel Arts Award, for his longtime support and advocacy of Wolf Trap.“When I learned of the award and my nomination, I felt truly honored...

Greenspring's Iconic Stained Glass Window Gets a Makeover

Oct 6, 2015

(Springfield, Va.) - In November 2005, Greenspring retirement community celebrated the installation of a stained glass window in the community’s Chapel. The window serves as a focal point on campus not only for the Chapel, but for the community as a whole. This summer, the window was removed, restored, and rebuilt; now, it is back and better than ever.

Ten years ago, when considering a window design for the non-denominational Chapel, residents selected the image of a dove with an olive branch, a universal representation of peace. Greenspring turned to Gene Higgins, a local stained glass artist, to...