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

September 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 the care that they need.  This year, $279,000 has been raised for Greenspring's Benevolent Care Fund.

"The Benevolent Care Fund has been in existence for almost 17 years and really is the epitome of our mission—sharing our gifts to create a community that celebrates life," said Ben Cornthwaite, Executive Director at Greenspring.  "Thanks to generous donations from our residents, staff, and community partners, we are pleased to be able to make Greenspring a home for life for all of our residents."

Since its inception, Greenspring's Benevolent Care Fund has provided over $6 million to residents in financial need.  This is just one story of how a Greenspring resident has directly benefitted from the fund:  "I am now 91 years old and Benevolent Care has made my life comfortable.  My husband and I had saved for a good retirement, but the money did not last.  I don't know what would have become of me without Benevolent Care.  My life here has been a blessing." This year, the gala's "Denim & Diamonds" theme featured cuisine and entertainment inspired by southern hospitality and the Wild West, with a twist of the glitz and glamour of Nashville.  During the gala, residents and guests crossed paths with cowboys, saloon girls, and rodeo clowns, among other characters, while trying their luck with "funny money" at the Crazy Horse Casino and learning the two-step on the dance floor.  Musical entertainment included performances by resident and staff musicians, as well as by Dean Crawford & the Dunn's River Band, and "David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience".  Crawford, an award-winning, country music entertainer and talented songwriter, also works in the Medical Center at Charlestown, another Erickson Living community located in Catonsville, Maryland. "David Stone: The Johnny Cash Experience," is a Broadway-quality show taking audiences through the late country legend's career, covering Early Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash & June Carter, and the Folsom Prison Concert Era, according to their website.

Special thanks goes to the many generous Benevolent Care Fund Gala sponsors, including, but not limited to: Greenspring Treasure Chest (Diamond Sponsor), Positive General Contractors, Inc. (Gold Rush Sponsor), Greenspring Pottery Group and Anonymous (Silver Spurs Sponsors), and Atlas Services, Al Broughton, Cypress Contracting, LLC, Al & Claire Grande, Jenkins Restorations, Nora Leng, Linda Maxwell (Long & Foster), Michael Manuel and McCormick & Lusk Group (Long & Foster Old Town), Jim & Marilyn Shackelford (Long & Foster), The Village Church (Entertainment Sponsors). 

Greenspring is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

About Greenspring: Greenspring, one of 18 continuing care retirement communities managed by Erickson Living, is situated on a scenic 58-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to nearly 2000 residents, many of whom reside in the community's 1404 independent living apartment homes.  At Greenspring, over 200 resident-run and resident-driven programs promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at