Chandler Hall celebrates milestone by giving back
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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.
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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.