Grande Illumination Raises More Than $20,000

YORK – The Annual Grande Illumination event recently held at Normandie Ridge Senior Living Community raised more than $20,000 for benevolent care, which is used to cover the essentials of room costs, meals, medication and transportation to and from medical appointments for those who have outlived their resources. This event provides the opportunity for donors to honor and remember loved ones or to name someone who has blessed them by sponsoring a luminary in tribute to a family member, neighbor or friend.


Under the guidance of Normandie Ridge residents, many community volunteers and staff members helped to place and light luminaries throughout the campus December 18th and 20th. They then returned to Alcove Library for refreshments. Volunteers included middle school students and staff from the Christian School of York and members of area churches including St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, Manchester, Paddletown St. Paul’s United Methodist Church, and Zion United Methodist Church, York. Lighting on Christmas Eve was done by members of the Newcomer family and friends from Otterbein United Methodist Church, Mt. Wolf.


“As a faith based not-for-profit organization, benevolent care continues to be our highest priority,” says Sue Jamison, Director of the Annual Fund. “This event is possible due to our resident volunteers, staff and many volunteers from churches, schools and civic groups and additional individuals who responded to the invitation for luminary lighters. It takes many hands working together to make this event succeed, and we are grateful for each one who helped.”


On December 18th, the annual resident holiday party was held at Normandie Ridge, to which donors and those who were honored with luminaries were invited. All attendees enjoyed a delicious array of hors d’oeuvres, desserts and beverages, as well as the wonderful musical talent of First Capital Brass and the Normandie Ridge Chorus.


This heartwarming tradition has become a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the holiday season at Normandie Ridge.