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Greenspring's 'Carnival of Appreciation' Recognizes Resident Leaders

August 27, 2015

(Springfield, Va.) - Pro Football Hall of Fame Coach Vince Lombardi once said, "Leaders are made, they are not born. They are made by hard effort, which is the price which all of us must pay to achieve any goal that is worthwhile."  Greenspring recently recognized the many resident leaders on campus who help to foster the engaged and active lifestyle apparent at the community.

On August 27th, Greenspring's Community Resources staff hosted a "Carnival of Appreciation" for the community's resident group leaders. The event featured carnival games, prizes, and food, and even entertainment from a unicyclist and accordion player.  Resident group leaders tried their hands at games like inflatable bowling, rope ladder climb, balloon and dart toss, cornhole, and ring toss for a chance at a variety of prizes.  Popcorn, cotton candy, and snow cones were the treats of choice, while some residents shared in something even sweeter – the kissing booth! 

At Greenspring, there are more than 225 resident-driven groups thriving, each with the invaluable help of a resident leader.  Community Resources at Greenspring helps to support the resident-driven philosophy by assisting in facilitating and supporting resident activities. 

"It is the individuals and groups of residents who create the culture that allows us to have a community that celebrates life," said Anita Garifo, Community Resources Coordinator at Greenspring.  "We are grateful for our resident leaders and truly appreciate the time, effort, and energy they exhibit in coordinating and supporting engaging activities and groups here on campus."

At the Carnival, alongside each game was a summary about one of the many resident groups at Greenspring; some of the specialized groups include the iPad Helpers group, the woodshop club, the yacht club, the square dancing club, the D.O.G. club (Dogs of Greenspring), the PFLAG group, and the New Yorkers club.

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