Mission in Action: Remembering Rockynol!

Posted on July 26, 2016 in Spiritual Life

Late Rockynol resident’s gift inspires renovation

One of Ann Shean’s favorite things about living at Rockynol was the food. In fact, Ann, a longtime resident, was so sincere about her admiration that she remembered Rockynol in her will with a gift for kitchen and dining room improvements.

Through Ann’s generosity, Rockynol was able to purchase 70 new chairs and a cook-to-order oven that allows campus chefs to quickly prepare on-demand meals for residents.

However, the new chairs, while sorely needed, highlighted just how outdated the rest of the dining area really was.

Inspired by Ann’s gift, Rockynol furthered the improvements by adding new carpeting, wallpaper, fixtures and drapes, making the Treeside Dining Room a fresh and enjoyable area for residents and guests alike.

At the grand re-opening of the dining room, residents were treated by a 17-piece jazz band and a delicious gourmet meal.

Pictures of the completed space were sent to Ann’s son, Bill, who lives out of state. He was delighted with the results and shared that his mom would always brag about the work Rockynol was doing to make the campus better.

“She was so proud of being a resident,” Bill said. “It really was home to her and she looked at it in the same light as the house I grew up in.”

“Even though Ann is gone, her generosity lives on. She is touching the lives of so many Rockynol residents,” said Gift Planning Director Debbie Hagarty. “Ann’s gift was the catalyst that got the whole project moving forward. This all started with her gift.”