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Greenspring Resident Selected as a 2012 Living Legend of Alexandria

December 29, 2011

Al Grande, founder of ASAP Printing & Mailing Co. and founding member of Alexandria Police Foundation, to be honored in 2012

(SPRINGFIELD, VIRGINIA) - Al Grande, resident at Greenspring retirement community in Springfield, Va., has been selected as one of the 2012 Living Legends of Alexandria. Honorees receiving this award have been involved in "the creation of something that improves the quality of life in Alexandria that would not likely have existed without that person's vision and determination to make it happen" or have given "a minimum of 10 years of service on Boards, Committees, Commissions or Service Organizations," according to the Living Legends of Alexandria website.

Born in Dover, N.J., Grande graduated from Bucknell University and was later commissioned as a Regular Army 2nd Lieutenant in the Military Police Corps. After serving 20 years of active duty, Grande moved to Alexandria and opened ASAP Printing & Mailing Co. in the Del Ray neighborhood. He joined the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and was later recruited to serve on the Chamber's Board of Directors. He also was elected Chairman of the Potomac Trade Association, now the Del Ray Business Association (DRBA), and was subsequently elected to the Board of Directors.
Grande donated time and resources to local schools by serving as a volunteer reader at the Mount Vernon Community School teaching children how to read the English language, donating materials to local art programs, and establishing a relationship with T.C. Williams High School which allowed seniors in the printing program to receive hands-on experience with ASAP's presses and binding equipment. Grande was elected Chairman of the Alexandria Small Business Development Center and was a founding member of the Alexandria Police Foundation. He now lives with his wife Claire at Greenspring and is a resident ambassador and a member of the Greenspring Resident Advisory Council's Marketing and Publicity Committee.

The 2012 Living Legends of Alexandria will be honored at a reception at the Patent and Trademark Office on March 22.

ABOUT GREENSPRING:  Greenspring, one of 16 Erickson Living full-service retirement communities, is situated on a scenic 108-acre campus in Springfield, Virginia.  The community is home to 2000 residents, many of which reside in the 1405 independent living units.  At Greenspring, a robust complement of resident programs and facilities promote an engaged, fulfilling lifestyle that is reflected in resident satisfaction levels that exceed the industry average.  Life at Greenspring offers a true sense of community and is an exciting alternative to the typical retirement community.  Additional information about Greenspring can be found at