United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation Announces Completion of $1.5 Million Match 

Successful Garden Party Fundraiser Hits the Mark

From Stephanie Van Koevering

United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation has successfully matched an anonymous donation of $1.5 million in support of its Growing to Serve comprehensive campaign.  This anonymous gift to the UMRC Foundation, announced at its groundbreaking event and campaign kick-off last November, matches dollar for dollar any gifts made toward the campaign’s capital projects.  These include expansion and renovation of Kresge Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, and construction of the McMullen Wellness Center at UMRC’s flagship campus in Chelsea.  Gifts pledged and received at the 9th annual Garden Party event that took place at The Cedars of Dexter on July 10th, helped to meet and exceed the UMRC Foundation’s goal to complete the match.

“On behalf of the UMRC Foundation and the older adults and families we serve, I am honored and thrilled to have achieved this milestone in our Growing to Serve campaign,” said UMRC Foundation President Wendy Brightman.  “We are grateful to the thoughtful anonymous donor who made this generous matching gift, as well as to all of our friends who helped make the match a success.  Thanks to the kindness of so many, UMRC will continue to provide the highest quality care possible for the low-income older adults who call Kresge Center ‘home.’  We are proud to offer exceptional care that is nurturing and respectful of the older adults we serve, regardless of their income level.”

This largest ever construction project in UMRC’s 112-year history will create attractive private rooms and bathrooms and welcoming common living spaces for all long-term residents who require round-the-clock care, as well as guests who receive short-term rehabilitation at Kresge Center.  In addition, the McMullen Wellness Center will feature an indoor pool, walking track, and an array of innovative fitness initiatives for UMRC residents and the staff who serve them.

“UMRC and the UMRC Foundation are committed to serving the population of older adults which is growing at an unprecedented rate,” adds Brightman.  “Before the year 2000, no Michigan county had ever had more older adults than children.  Today, 33 of Michigan’s 83 counties do, and that number is only going to rise.  I am thankful to the many donors and partners of the UMRC Foundation who are helping us ensure that this growing population of older adults – of all incomes – will be well-cared for for years to come.”

Seth Kinker

Reporter/Digital Media for The Sun Times News

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