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The Gardens at Barry Road Supports Its Local Community

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The Gardens at Barry Road Supports Its Local Community

As part of a faith-based nonprofit organization, giving back to our community is important to all of us at The Gardens at Barry Road. In 2016, we’re proud to have engaged the community by supporting several local fire stations, offering a community grant to two local nonprofits, participating in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s and hosting a special swing dance and fundraiser called “The Spirit of ’45.”

“It was a successful year, and we feel proud that we were able to support such worthy organizations in our region,” said Bill Schwingen, area director of operations for The Gardens at Barry Road. “Our community has a strong commitment toward service, and this applies to serving our residents, their families, and the place where we call home.”

One of the most successful community engagements throughout the year was a delightful swing dance and fundraiser called “The Spirit of ’45.” For the second year in a row, we boogied to the tunes of the 1940s, commemorated the end of World War II and honored the brave men and women who answered the call of duty.

Proceeds from the event’s silent auction were donated as our first community grant of $2,600 to support Honor Flight Network of Kansas City—which flies veterans to Washington D.C. on a one-day trip to visit and reflect at the city’s memorials. The grant allowed the organization to fly four local heroes to the nation’s capital.

Also in 2016, we awarded a second community grant of $2,400 to Northland Shepherd’s Center, which serves older adults in Kansas City Northland, most of whom are low-income seniors. The organization applied the grant toward its emergency assistance fund, which is essential for meeting the immediate one-time needs of area seniors, including transportation to medical appointments or paying an overdue utility bill.

Beyond our annual community grants, we delivered the ingredients for Super Bowl Sunday, Independence Day, Thanksgiving and New Year’s meals to the three nearest fire stations for public servants working those celebratory days. We also participated in the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual Walk to End Alzheimer’s and raised $1,500 for the association.