Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community recently held its 20th annual Grande Illumination, an event which raised $18,700 for the Benevolent Care Fund through the help of many community volunteers and donors.
The event provides the opportunity for donors to honor and remember loved ones by sponsoring a luminary. The funding is used to cover the healthcare needs of residents who have outlived their resources. More than 1,000 luminaries were lit across the Normandie Ridge campus on three nights last month. Community volunteers helped to place and light luminaries throughout the campus under the guidance of Normandie Ridge residents and the assistance of staff. Volunteers included groups from: Christian School of York; St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Manchester; Paddletown St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Etters; Aldersgate, Asbury, Yorkshire and Zion United Methodist Churches, all of York; Girl Scouts of Red Lion and the Newcomer family with friends from Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mt. Wolf. Beginning with Normandie Ridge residents Shirley and Jessie Newcomer, the Newcomer family has continuously supported Grande Illumination since its 1996 inception by lighting the luminaries on Christmas Eve.
A holiday party and reception was held for residents, donors and volunteers, as well as those who were honored with luminaries. The event included music performed by First Capital Brass, the Renaissance Singers from Dover Area High School and the Normandie Ridge Chorus.
Since 1997, Grande Illumination has raised $225,880 for seniors in need. Normandie Ridge is owned and operated by Albright Care Services. For more information about Albright and the living and care options available at Normandie Ridge and Albright LIFE Lancaster and Lebanon, visit albrightcare.org
Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community raised $18,700 to support benevolent care with its 20th annual Grande Illumination, an event which brings the light of over 1,000 luminaries to the campus through donations supporting care of residents who have outlived their resources. Former residents Shirley and Jessie Newcomer began the tradition of lighting luminaries on Christmas Eve 20 years ago, and their family members have continued that tradition with the help of friends. This year, the Newcomers worked with friends from Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mt. Wolf. Pictured in the front row are: Drake Emenheiser, Emily Rau, Kelly Emenheiser, Abigail Waples, Camden Fitze, Amanda Hoke and Colton Hoke; second row: John Rau, Betsy Rau, Kathy Emenheiser, Caitlyn Rau, Laura Waples, Felicia Fitze, Tami Glatfelter, Ashli Glatfelter and Sue (Newcomer) Hershey; third row: Jim Hoke, Becky Hoke, Mike Waples, Jeremy Fitze, Brad Hershey and Ann (Newcomer) Vreeland and Mike Emenheiser; Back row: Hannah Shade, Jane (Newcomer) Shade and Dan Shade. Absent from photo: Scott Hershey, Angela Hoyer and Jayden Hoyer.
Students from the Christian School of York assisted Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community’s 20th annual Grande Illumination by setting up over 1,000 luminaries throughout the campus. After setting up the luminaries, students were treated to hot cocoa and cookies.
Conducted by Samantha Roberts, the Renaissance Singers from Dover Area High School performed at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community as part of the 20th annual Grande Illumination reception and holiday party. Other performers that evening included First Capital Brass and the Normandie Ridge Chorus.