Chan­dler Hall cel­e­brates mile­stone by giv­ing back

The Advance of Bucks County - - FRONT PAGE - By Jeff Werner

NEtTltN TltNSHfP – A ma­gi­cian mes­mer­ized the crowd gath­ered in­side the tright jeet­ing Hall to cel­e­brate Chan­dler Hall’s 40th an­niver­sary.

But it was no magic that brought ev­ery­one to this night. ft took many groups, com­mit­tees and in­di­vid­u­als, work­ing count­less hours, to set the tone and to grow the or­ga­ni­za­tion into what it is to­day.

To mark the mile­stone, event co-chairs hath­leen Parry and jar­i­lyn sanS­tee­lant or­ga­nized a cel­e­bra­tory evening that dou­bled as a fundraiser for Chan­dler’s benev­o­lent care pro­gram, which SroYIGHV fiQDQFIDO DV­sis­tance for those who fiQG WKHPVHOYHV uQDEOH to af­ford their home at Chan­dler Hall due to cir­cum­stances be­yond their con­trol.

The more than 1R0 guests in at­ten­dance en­joyed mu­sic, food and an­niver­sary cake, bid on fiYH OIYH DuFWIoQ IWHPV and watched in amaze­ment as ma­gi­cian till cern per­formed his tricks and slight of hand.

Elsie tright, a found­ing mem­ber of the Chan­dler Hall Aux­il­iary, took a trip down mem­ory lane, back to 1973 when the aux­il­iary was formed by mem­bers of the Bucks nuar­terly jeet­ing. $PoQG WKHIr firVW WDVNV, she said, was a mail­ing of 10,000 re­quests to pur­chase bonds to help cover WKH HxSHQVH oI WKH firVW build­ing.

“The main pur­pose of the aux­il­iary was to raise funds to help cover ex­penses of res­i­dents that needed as­sis­tance,” said tright. “Also, we raised money for the ex­tras that were needed that weren’t in the Chan­dler Hall bud­get. te vol­un­teered in many ar­eas wher­ever we were needed.”

To date, said tright, the aux­il­iary has raised A38R,000 in sup­port of Chan­dler Hall.

The aux­il­iary, which has been “rest­ing” for the past few years, is again forg­ing ahead, said tright, wel­com­ing new mem­bers and ideas for fundraisers.

tright also used the oc­ca­sion to an­nounce the cre­ation of a new fund, “The Chan­dler Hall Aux­il­iary cund for Benev­o­lent Care,” and a con­tri­bu­tion of A2R,000 “be­cause we have such faith that this fa­cil­ity will con­tinue to of­fer care well into the fu­ture.”

The gath­er­ing also heard from Penn­syl­va­nia Sec­re­tary of Ag­ing Brian Duke, who praised the spirit and work of Chan­dler Hall and brought greet­ings from dover­nor Tom Cor­bett.

“then you come to a cel­e­bra­tion like this, you come in grat­i­tude,” he said. “drat­i­tude for the nur­tur­ing and care that ex­ists as part of Chan­dler Hall, as part of its fam­ily and those that are served here. You come here as care­givers and care re­cip­i­ents. That’s a spe­cial thing to be grate­ful for.

“The spirit of this place, now 40 years old, makes a dif­fer­ence to those in need, to their fam­i­lies and to this com­mu­nity. You em­power DQG IQfluHQFH WKH TuDOIWy of life for so many,” con­tin­ued Duke.

“then you look at the spirit of this place, you in­GHHG fiQG WKH VSHFIDO rHD­son Chan­dler was ini­ti­ated and con­tin­ues to this day to of­fer val­ued ser­vice to many,” said Duke.

From left: Ed­wina Asch, Elsie Wright, Kather­ine Falk and Midge Winslade.

Penn­syl­va­nia’s Sec­re­tary of Ag­ing, Brian Duke, ad­dresses the gath­er­ing.

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