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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...

Greenspring Celebrates “Home for Life” Promise at 16th Annual Benevolent Care Fund Gala

Sep 28, 2015
The Benevolent Care Fund supports residents who exhaust their financial resources despite careful planning

(Springfield, Virginia) – On Friday, September 25th, more than 250 guests and residents attended the 16th annual Benevolent Care Fund Gala at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield.The Benevolent Care Fund Gala is a Greenspring charity event organized each year to raise money for the community’s resident care fund. The 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...

Greenspring Resident Earns Five Gold Medals at Northern Virginia Senior Olympics

Sep 22, 2015
Phil Case placed first in all five swimming events he entered this year

(Springfield, Virginia) – Greenspring resident Phil Case, 85, began his long history with senior athletic competition in 1994, when he first entered the Northern Virginia Senior Olympics in the 50-meter backstroke event. Now, 21 years later, he has earned over 190 ribbons and medals in local, state, and national senior events.“A few years ago, I set a goal to reach 200,” said Case, who fully intends to reach that figure at the Virginia Senior Games in May 2016.

Case is well on his way to...

Greenspring Resident Publishes New Book on Presidential Libraries

Sep 15, 2015
Published this September, “Exploring the Libraries of the U.S. Presidents” details a journey visiting Presidential libraries across the country

(Springfield, Virginia) - In 2006, Leonard Kalkwarf and his wife set out to the Midwest, visiting several official U.S. Presidential Libraries including those in Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, and Arkansas. For the next eight years, they visited all remaining nine libraries throughout the United States, ending their expedition with the library dedicated to President George W. Bush in 2014. This September, Kalkwarf published a new book, “Exploring the Libraries of the U.S. Presidents,” detailing his experiences and observations from each...

D.C. Divas Tackle Football 101 at Greenspring

Sep 3, 2015

(Springfield, Va.) - Just days before the regular NFL season begins, the D.C. Divas are reminding us that the Redskins aren’t the only game in town! The Divas’ General Manager, Rich Daniel, and three members of the 2015 National Championship team visited Greenspring retirement community on September 2 to kick-off a new resident-driven program, Football 101.

Football 101 is aimed at providing an instructional give-and-take for the game of football and was launched by Greenspring resident, Steve Guback. Guback, a Hall of Fame sportswriter, recently retired from his more than 55 years of work with the Redskins. He...