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Llanfair Retirement Community to Dedicate Chapel and Wellness Center

Posted on October 22, 2009 in In The News

Llanfair Executive Director Sheena Parton welcomed residents, staff, donors, volunteers and community leaders today to formally dedicate the Margaret Jean Wells Chapel and Clara Curry Wellness Center located on Llanfair’s campus at 1701 Llanfair Ave.

“Our new chapel and wellness center is a dream fulfilled, a blessing for our residents and a benefit to the greater Cincinnati community,” Parton said. “Today, as we celebrate this blessing, we also recognize that donor support and commitment will continue to enrich the lives of today’s residents at Llanfair while this legacy of giving will make a difference for future generations.”

The chapel and wellness center are funded entirely through private donations from Llanfair residents and the community-at-large.

“From our donors, residents, volunteers, to our community leaders and local clergy – we are grateful to everyone who contributed to this project,” said Tom Hofmann, president, Ohio Presbyterian Retirement Services (OPRS) Foundation.

Hofmann thanked Llanfair Resident and Campaign Leadership Chair Ed Wells for his contributions both as the campaign’s leader and as a lead donor for the chapel named for his wife, Margaret Jean Wells, who passed away in 2005. Hofmann also paid tribute to the late Clara L. Curry for whom the wellness center is named. Curry, a major donor, was a Llanfair resident who died in 2006.

“Our dreams are realized today, thanks to donor generosity,” Wells said. Wells also thanked the campaign’s Honorary Chair Marion Brant for his leadership and faithful devotion to the project.

“Projects like Llanfair’s go straight to the heart of our mission to enhance the physical, mental and spiritual well-being of our residents at Llanfair and throughout the state. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, our mission of caring is strengthened,” said Dave Kaasa, president and CEO of OPRS.

Llanfair is one of 11 OPRS communities in Ohio. OPRS is the largest and most experienced not-for-profit provider of continuing care retirement communities and services in Ohio. A faith-based organization with headquarters in Columbus, OPRS serves more than 80,000 people in 42 Ohio counties annually through its 11 retirement communities and its Senior Independence home and community based services division. Additionally, through iPartner affiliates and the Web site, Senior Independence extends services to older adults throughout the nation.