Bayleigh Chase celebrates anniversary
Residents, staff, officials and members of the community joined together Wednesday, Sept. 27, to celebrate Bayleigh Chase’s 35th anniversary.
— Residents, staff, officials and members of the community joined together Wednesday, Sept. 27, to celebrate Bayleigh Chase’s 35th anniversary.
The celebration was held in Taylor Auditorium of the main building with light food and drinks, proclamations and a ceremonial ribbon cutting honoring the event.
The community received honors from the governor, the General Assembly and Easton for the occasion. Mayor Bob Willey proclaimed the day to be Bayleigh Chase Day and joked all would get free parking that day.
It also featured a selfie made by Del. Johnny Mautz as he prepared to present a proclamation to the gathering. Mautz held up his cellphone and took a photo of himself with the crowd behind him.
Sen. Addie Eckardt, R37-Mid-Shore, recalled the many times she has visited friends at the community for more than 25 years.
“I have been proude to be associated with the Bayleigh Chase community for many years, not by living here but by visiting so many of my friends here over the years.”
“It has been good to see many of the changes. It has been good to see so many people being able to retain all their interests and also to take advantage so well growing old together gracefully and with a lot of respect,” Eckardt said.
Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, took the podium. “This anniversary is truly a moment to celebrate.” he said.
“As we transform and do things, I had an idea that I would try to do something new. I thought I would do a selfie with my cellphone. I wonder if you would be willing to do a selfie with me,” Mautz said.
He then held up his camera so he was in the picture and the gathering was behind him in the auditorium. He took several images to great laughter. He read the citation from the House of Delegates and received a round of applause.
Following the indoor ceremony, the activities turned to the outdoor patio area, where the community listened to classic Big Band music.
Integrace has been a part of the Talbot County community since 1981. It originally was a for-profit independent living facilty called William Hill Manor. In the late 1990s, the community grew as it added the
Gardens at William Hill Manor to also accommodate residents who required the additional support of assisted living services.
The organization converted to a not-for-profit model in 2007 when it was purchased by Integrace (then known as Episcopal Ministries to the Aging Inc.). The community opened the Samuel and Alexia Bratton Neurocognitive Clinic the same year, providing diagnosis, treatment and caregiver support resources for families living with cognitive disorders on both an outpatient and residential basis.
In December 2014, Integrace announced the rebranding of William Hill Manor to Bayleigh Chase, “a name that points to the distinctive qualities of the community’s warmth, tradition, elegance and connection to the Chesapeake Bay,” a flyer on the community said.
Now, Integrace Bayleigh Chase is home to independent living residents in its villas, cottages and apartment homes, and serves people in the greater Talbot community through its rehabilitative services and assisted living.
Shirlynn M Shafer, administrator of Bayleigh Chase, helps Nancy Teller, longest resident of the community, cut the ribbon honoring the community’s anniversary. Holding the ribbon are some of the dignitaries present for the ceremony. The digniaties include Bob C. Willey, Easton mayor; Sen. Addie Eckardt, R-37-Mid-Shore; Andrea Lev, executive director of Bayleigh Chase; Jeannie Haddaway, director of intergovernmental affairs for Gov. Larry Hogan; and Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot.
Bob Willey, Easton mayor, presents a proclamation to Bayleigh Chase during the anniversary celebration Wednesday. At left is Andrea Lev, executive director, and Sherri Sump Brown.
Some of the residents of Bayleigh Chase gather in the Taylor Auditorium Wednesday for the ceremony.
Del. Johnny Mautz, R-37B-Talbot, prepares to take a selfie with the gathering at the celebration of the Beyleigh Chase anniversary Wednesday.
Del. Johnny Mautz posted his selfie with the gathering at Bayleight Chase on his Facebook page.