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Greenspring Resident and Colleague Receive U.S. Patent for Process Aimed at Combating Global Warming

Feb 22, 2016
Charlie Bliss and Charley Moseley received their first U.S. patent together as co-inventors in late 2015

(Springfield, Virginia) - Data recently released from NASA and NOAA confirmed that 2015 marked the hottest year since record keeping began in the late 1800s. Their data also confirms that 2015 was not an outlier; in fact, 15 of the 16 hottest years in history have been recorded since the turn of the century. In response to the data, NASA Administrator Charles Bolden indicated that “climate change is the challenge of our generation.” Greenspring retirement community resident, 98-year-old Charlie Bliss, and his 78-year-old colleague...

Greenspring to Present Over 250 President’s Volunteer Service Awards

Feb 16, 2016
Volunteer service activities at Greenspring in 2015 totaled more than 107,000 hours

(Springfield, Virginia) - Since 2005, Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia has presented President’s Volunteer Service Awards to residents and non-residents who volunteer both at Greenspring and with Greenspring-related service activities in the greater community. That year, Greenspring was proud to present 32 service awards. This week, Greenspring will present 250 service awards for service completed in 2015, marking the highest number of annual awards presented to date. “We now have 833 active volunteers who serve throughout our community,” said Ben Cornthwaite, Greenspring’s Executive Director. “The manner in...

Greenspring Scholarship Recipient Returns to the Community to Help Give Back

Feb 8, 2016
The “sense of community” brought a 2011 student scholar back to Greenspring to work in the philanthropy department

(Springfield, Virginia)—In 2011, Molly Everett graduated from West Springfield High School and was awarded a scholarship from Greenspring retirement community toward her studies in higher education. Molly and her twin sister, Amy, were among 21 local students who received scholarships from Greenspring’s Scholars’ Fund that year. The scholarships helped Molly and Amy with student expenses at the University of Mary Washington (UMW). Now, Molly has returned to Greenspring as the community’s new philanthropy coordinator, helping future student scholars realize their potential....

Greenspring’s Arnold Sells, WWII Veteran and Purple Heart Recipient, Honored with Lifetime Achievement Award

Jan 22, 2016
Local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans recognized Sells for 65 years of service and membership

(Springfield, Virginia) — World War II veteran and Greenspring resident Arnold Sells was recently recognized by Chapter 10 (Arlington/Fairfax) of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) with the chapter’s first Lifetime Achievement Award. Sells, who became a member of the DAV in 1950, has been involved at all levels of the chapter, formerly holding the positions of Department Commander, Department Adjutant, and Department Chaplain. A resident of the D.C. area for over 70 years, he has lived at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield since...

Greenspring’s Tak Kato Recalls the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster 30 Years Ago and His Personal Connection

Jan 19, 2016
Kato spent over 25 years working with international space station programs in the U.S. and Japan

(Springfield, Virginia)—Greenspring resident Tak Kato spent his career as an electrical engineer working in the research, design, and development of operational systems and satellite technology for international space programs.

In 1972, Kato joined the National Space Development Agency of Japan (NASDA) in Tokyo as acting manager over the design, development, and integration of the tracking and control software system for the first Japanese geostationary satellite. A few years later, he served as the manager for the second generation system. In the early 1980s,...

Greenspring Celebrates the Life and Legacy of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Jan 15, 2016

(Springfield, Virginia)—On January 14, 2016, residents, staff, area clergy, and guests gathered at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Virginia, to remember the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The celebration of Dr. King’s life and legacy was sponsored by various Greenspring faith groups including Pastoral Ministries, Catholic Community, Episcopal-Anglican Fellowship, Greenspring Fellowship, Jewish Community, Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, and The Village Church.

“The life of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., serves as a testament of a man who came to the understanding that he had been chosen to lead a movement bigger than himself,” said Reverend Loyce...

Eli Ayoub Named New Director of Dining Services at Greenspring

Jan 14, 2016

(Springfield, Virginia) – Eli Ayoub has recently been named the new Director of Dining Services at Greenspring, an Erickson Living retirement community in Springfield, Virginia. Ayoub brings to the community nearly 25 years of leadership in hospitality and dining operations, as well as more than a decade of experience serving the senior living industry. He officially started in his new role on January 4.

“I believe dining is an experience that one should look forward to each day,” said Mr. Ayoub. “I look forward to promoting a nourished menu with a variety of fresh choices and healthy...

Greenspring Residents Donate Nearly $300,000 to the Community’s Staff Appreciation Fund

Jan 4, 2016

(Springfield, Va.) – Some holiday joy came early for many employees of Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va. In 2015, residents at Greenspring donated a total of $292,159.87 to the community’s Staff Appreciation Fund. On Tuesday, December 8th, Greenspring hosted a reception where the donated funds were distributed to each eligible employee. Employees also had the opportunity to visit with residents and write notes of thanks for their generosity.

The annual Staff Appreciation Fund campaign is organized each year as a way for residents of Greenspring to say “thank you” to many employees who provide a variety of...

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...