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The Wesley Community Celebrates 50th Anniversary With Benefit Dinner – The Saratogian | Casual Expat

SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY – The Wesley Community of Saratoga Springs will host their 50th Anniversary benefit on Tuesday, September 20 at 5 p.m. at 522 Broadway, downtown Saratoga Springs.

Tickets for the 50th Anniversary Dinner can be purchased for $175 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (518) 691-1420 or by visiting www.wesley50.org.

The fundraiser is part of a series of celebrations being conducted to honor and reflect on the Wesley Community’s 50 years of caring and compassionate work since it opened in 1972.

The event, presented by The Adirondack Trust Company, celebrates Wesley’s 50th anniversary as a major nonprofit supporting seniors in the community. Since its inception, the Wesley Community has established itself as a long-term elder care community and has steadily grown into a continuum care campus with independent and assisted living housing, compassionate skilled nursing, home care and memory nurturing.

“The Wesley Community has provided exceptional senior care and services for 50 years, and this year of ongoing celebrations was a fitting way to recognize not only our rich history, but also the people who made it all possible,” CEO of The Wesley Community said J.Brian Nealon.

“The Adirondack Trust is proud to be the Presenting Sponsor of the Wesley’s Community 50th Anniversary celebrations,” said Charles V. Wait, Jr., President and CEO of the Adirondack Trust Company. “We have long supported Wesley’s mission to care for the elders of our community as well as others in need.

“We look forward to many more years of Wesley serving this amazing community we all call home.”

Event highlights will include anecdotes from people who have played a significant role in the history of the Wesley community and a first look at an upcoming memorial book and video chronicling the journey. The book was co-authored by Field Horne and Greg Dixon and designed by David Clark Perry.

The video is produced by LOOK Media’s Jesse Jackson, Dayna Peck and Jack Hojohn.

Milestones highlighted during the anniversary celebration include:

• Approved a motion in 1966 to establish, raise funds, and hire the first manager (Ralph J. Barron) of a retirement center called the Saratoga Retirement Center;

• Groundbreaking for Embury Apartments in 1969 and Wesley Health Care Center in 1971;

• Embury Apartments opened in 1972 with Mrs Selma Ogden as the first occupant;

• Wesley Health Care Center opened in 1973;

• An extension, the Victoria Building, in 1985;

• Neil Roberts succeeded Ralph J. Barron as CEO in 1988;

• Wesley expands with an 80-bed addition, the Hathorn Building, in 1994;

• Woodlawn Commons opened in 1999 with 60 self-contained and 40 assisted living units;

• The Wesley Foundation established in 1999 to raise funds to improve the lives of residents;

• J. Brian Nealon succeeds Neil Roberts as CEO in 2003;

• Multiple campus renovation projects and upgrades since 2010 to present.

Partner sponsors include Kodiak Construction and Bond and Schoeneck & King Attorneys; Allied sponsors include Unidine, MLB Construction, Munter Enterprises, Ruth Pouliot and Wendy Cooper; Supporting Sponsors are Andrew and Cheryl Wise, Kevin and Mary Tully, William and Candace Krueger, Elliott and Cathy Masie, Dr. Gregory Pinto and Dr. Natalie Adler, Brian and Sandy Nealon, AC Riley, Paul and Deborah O’Brien, The LA Group, FreedMaxick, Saratoga National Bank and Trust Co, Luther Forest Wealth Advisors and Wilcenski Pleat Law. The Honorary Committee includes Shelly Amato, Frederick and Sheelagh Baily, Mark and Brooke Bardack, Peter Barron and Carolyn Cappuccino, The Boghosian Bros., Skip and Colleen Carlson, Bill and Susan Dake, Greg Dixon, Katelynn Ethier, Victoria Jupin, Phil Klein, Mac Noonan and Katie Lahoff, Tom and Kristie Roohan, Liz Rovers, Jennifer Runkel, Saratoga Springs Lions Club, Marti Simmons, Caitlyn Simmons, Tara A Pleat, L Clifford Van Wagner, Pati Wade, Nikki Williams

For more details on the community celebrations that have already taken place, visit www.wesley50.org.

Upcoming public events include two screenings of the Wesley Community documentary produced to celebrate the 50th Anniversary on October 11 at 3:30pm and 5:30pm at the SUNY Adirondack in Wilton. Admission is free, but advance reservations are required and can be made by calling (518) 691-1420 or emailing foundation@thewesleycommunity.org.

The video will be posted to the Wesley Community website after its premiere. The book is available online for a donation at www.wesley50.org.

The Saratoga Springs City Center is located at 522 Broadway in downtown Saratoga Springs. (file photo)
Updated: September 19, 2022 — 5:38 pm

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