By: Becky Pazkowski

In January, we said goodbye to a longtime friend of Plymouth Harbor, Priscilla Heindel. Priscilla and her husband Dennis moved to Sarasota from Massachusetts in 1988, and into Plymouth Harbor in 1997. They were members of the First Congregational United Church of Christ in Sarasota. Dennis passed away in 2006, and in 2011 Priscilla moved to Albuquerque to be closer to family.

Priscilla has been a loyal annual donor to the Foundation, through their Donor Advised Fund at the Community Foundation of Sarasota County. We learned of her death in February and subsequently received a gift in memory of the couple. Their daughter, Kathy Kuy, has been very kind in representing Priscilla over the last few years. Priscilla spent her final years at an assisted living residence in Albuquerque. We wish to extend our sympathy to the family of Priscilla and Dennis Heindel, for the loss of their mother, and a kind thank you for the support over the years to make life at Plymouth Harbor the best it can be. We are honored to welcome our newest member to the MacNeil Society.

By: Becky Pazkowski

In 2015, a Foundation trustee phoned a resident donor to thank her for her gift to the Foundation. During their conversation, the donor mentioned that she didn’t know a lot about the Foundation and thought that it might be nice to have a tea every now and then so that residents can ask questions and learn about the good things the Foundation is doing. Since then, nearly 60 guests have attended one of the Foundation Teas. They are small groups, typically hosted by two Foundation trustees, and held in one of the colony card rooms. If you have not come to a Foundation Tea, and are interested, please call Becky Pazkowski at Ext. 398 and we will be sure to add you to the guest list for the future.

With deep appreciation we recognize Tom Hopkins as he ends his second term as a trustee of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation Board of Trustees. A charter trustee of the Foundation, he was instrumental in drafting the Operating Agreement and filing the final documents to establish the Foundation in the spring of 2012. In addition to his two terms on the Foundation Board, Tom also served six years on the Board of Trustees for Plymouth Harbor, Inc. — four years as Chair.

His loyalty to the governance of Plymouth Harbor is second only to the contributions he has made over the years to help make Plymouth Harbor what it is today. His quiet and diligent leadership are impressive and have proved extremely effective. During his service, the Wellness Center was conceived, funded, and completed. The rejuvenation of Pilgrim Hall was planned, funded, and completed. He also served during the planning and groundbreaking of the Northwest Garden Building, scheduled to open late this year.

We extend a fond farewell and huge thanks to Tom Hopkins for his loyal and valuable service to The Plymouth Harbor Foundation. We will most certainly miss you.

“Tom Hopkins has definitely left his thumbprint on Plymouth Harbor, and for this we will forever be grateful,” stated Harry Hobson during a recent meeting.

At the January annual meeting of the Foundation Board, Cade Sibley was re-elected to Chair, Harry Hobson to Vice Chair, and Garry Jackson to Secretary/Treasurer. We welcome and appreciate their leadership.

The Foundation just completed its fifth year in operation. Much has been accomplished, and many lives have been positively affected. The year 2016 was our most impressive yet, with total gifts raised exceeding $3 million — $1.525 million in current gifts and $1.546 million in deferred giving. Below is a summary of the funds that benefitted from the current gifts. Please note: numbers are rounded.

Zest For Life: Capital Projects $ 1,258,130
Resident Assistance $ 1,450
Zest For Life: Programs $ 18,970
General – Unrestricted $ 155,221
Employee Assistance $ 91,700

Deferred giving in 2016 was equally as impressive, exceeding $1.5 million in intended gifts. Donors to deferred giving are those who have identified the Plymouth Harbor Foundation in their estate plans in some way, thus joining the MacNeil Society. In 2016 alone, we welcomed 13 new MacNeil Society members, bringing our total members to 39. Interest in giving to the various projects and programs of the Foundation continues to bring in new donors.

In 2016, 47% of residents, 85% of board members, and 70% of management staff participated in giving to the Foundation. We are sincerely grateful to these participants. Finally, a measurement used throughout the country in effectiveness of any philanthropy program is the amount of money it costs to raise $1. The national average is 20 cents. Our cost for 2016 was 9 cents.

You can find a complete summary of giving in our 2016 Impact Report, which will be released at the end of March. Thank you to everyone for a great year!

On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Plymouth Harbor held a wonderful “red carpet” Grand Opening event for our newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall. All in all, the event celebrations included a donor appreciation, red carpet photos, self-guided tours, a dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony, and a celebratory reception.

The first Project Design Team meeting for the rejuvenation of Pilgrim Hall was held on December 22, 2015, exactly one year before the Grand Opening, and official renovations began in July 2015. Today, only seven months later, the new hall features exciting upgrades, including acoustics, seating, lighting, state-of-the-art technology, and more.

As a part of Pilgrim Hall’s Grand Opening, we have prepared a special program lineup beginning this month that will run through the end of February. These programs specifically showcase the variety of amenities that are now offered in Pilgrim Hall.

We are so very grateful to all those who helped this dream become a reality and to those who celebrated the opening of Pilgrim Hall with us. As the New Year begins, we look forward to offering many new and exciting programs here at Plymouth Harbor.

Companies That Match Employee Donations
Listed below are companies that match employee donations to non-profit organizations. Some companies even continue to match former employees’ contributions after retirement. If your company is not listed, you can find out from the human resources office if your employer offers a matching gift program. Matching gifts often double and sometimes even triple your donation.

National Companies:
3M Foundation
Abbott Laboratories
ACE USA Group
ADP
AETNA
AIG (American Intl Group)
Air Products and Chemicals
Albertsons
Alcoa
Alliance Capital Management
Allstate
Altria/Phillip Morris
AMD/Adv. Micro Devices
Ameren Corporation
*American Express
American Electric Power
American International Group, Inc
American Standard Foundation
AON Corporation
*APS
*Arizona Republic/Gannett
Argonaut Group
ATMI
AT&T
Automatic Data Processing Inc.
Auto Nation
Auto Owners Insurance
Avon Products
AXA Financial
Bank of America
Bank One
Bard Medical
Barnes Group
BAX Global
Baxter Healthcare
Best Foods
BF Goodrich Aerospace
Black & Decker Corporation
The Boeing Company
Bridgestone/Firestone
Burlington Northern Santa Fe
Cable One
Cadence
Carter-Wallace
Cendant Corp
Charles Schwab Corp.
Chevron/Texaco
Circuit City
Citgo Petroleum
CitiGroup
CAN (Insurance & Financial)
Coca-Cola Company
Compaq Computer
ConocoPhillips
Costco
Countrywide Financial
Delta Air Lines
Dial Corp
DirectTV
Duetsche Bank/Alex Brown
Dunn & Bradstreet
Dupont
Eli Lily & Company
Enterprise Rent Car
Equifax
Equitable
ExxonMobil
Fannie Mae
Farmers Group (Insurance)
FedEx
First Data
Follett Corporation
Ford Foundation
Fortune Brands
Frito Lay Corporation
Gannett
Gap Stores
General Dynamics
General Electric
*General Mills
General Motors
Gillett company
Glaxo SmithKline
Harcourt
Harris Trust
Hewlett Packard
Home Depot
Honeywell Hometown Solutions
Household International
IBM
IKON Office Solutions
In-N-Out Burger
Intel
International Paper Company
ITW/Illinois Tool Works
John Hancock Life Ins. Co.
Johnson & Johnson
JP Morgan Chase (Tempe)
Kaplan Educational Centers
Kimberly-Clark
KRAFT Foods
L’eggs
Lehman Brothers Investments
Lockheed Martin
Lowes Home Improvements
Lojack
Macy’s West
March & McLennan
MassMutual Financial Insurance
MasterCard International
May Company
Maytag
Mazda North America
McDonald’s
McKesson (Phoenix)
Medtronic
Merrill Lynch
Met Life
Microsoft Corporation
Mitsubishi International
Mobil Retiree Program
Monsanto
Morgan Stanley
*Motorola
Nabisco
National Computer Systems
Neiman Marcus Group
Nokia
Northern Trust
Northrup/General Signal
Northwest Airlines
Northwestern Mutual
OCE Digital Document Service
Oracle Corporation
*Pacific Life
Pearson NCS
Pepsico
Pfizer
Phelps Dodge
Piper Jaffray
Pitney Bowes
Procter & Gamble
Prudential
Qwest
Radio Shack
Rain for Rent
Ralston Purina
Robinson’s May
Raytheon
SAFECO Insurance
Sallie Mae
Salomon Smith Barney
Sara Lee Corporation
Sealy
Shaklee
Shell Oil Company
Siemens Energy & Automation
Simplex Grinnell Fire System
Sony Music Entertainment, Inc
Southwest Gas
Sprint
Square D
SRP
Starbucks
Starwood Foundation
State Farm
Subaru of America
Sun Micro Systems
Texas Instruments
Ticketmaster
Time Warner
Toys R Us/ Babies R Us
Traveler’s Express
T. Rowe Price
TRW
Tyco International
UBS
Unilever
UPS – United Parcel Service
United Space alliance
United Technologies
UnumProvident
US Airways
US Bancorp
USAA
Vanguard Group
Verizon
Viad
Vulcan Materials Company
Wachovia
Washington Group
Washington Mutual
Wells Fargo
Weyerhaeuser Company
Whirlpool
Wrigley Mg. Co.
Wyeth Corporation
Yum Brands

44564By: Becky Pazkowski

As we watch the new building rise out of the ground and take structural shape, we marvel at the excitement each concrete pour brings, as floor after floor is added. Soon we will start to see the walls form, windows added, and the exterior will be buttoned up for the final months of construction.

With the expanded Assisted Living Residence and new Memory Care Residence, you might wonder what life will be like for our new residents of this building. Our goal is to be known as a premier leader, both locally and nationally, in providing innovative care for individuals and families experiencing cognitive decline associated with dementia. The health services team has been working diligently behind the scenes of construction to define and deliver the breadth and depth of this premier program.

At the same time, the Plymouth Harbor Foundation has been working with the health services team to define the portion of the programmatic features that will be supported by a capital campaign effort. A campaign committee has been formed, and they are in the very quiet stages of the campaign, talking with leadership and donors who have expressed interest in supporting the campaign. The two broad components of the project that the campaign will support are Educational Leadership and Inspirational Programming.

Educational Leadership: We have adopted the Positive Approach® to Care, developed by Teepa Snow, whose techniques and training models are used throughout the world.  Plymouth Harbor has initiated campus-wide training for all of our employees on this approach to caring for and interacting with persons with dementia. We will expand the training to include family members and the community-at-large.

Inspirational Programming: A diagnosis of dementia is devastating for you and your loved ones. The future is uncertain. The past is vague and confused. It is the present in which we must live, to seek and celebrate joy, discovery, and connection that can happen in a moment. This moment. Our programs will establish inspiring and fulfilling opportunities to spark that engagement with the moment, reaching the passion, emotion, and enthusiasm within each resident.

In January, we will share more about the specifics of the A Commitment to Memory capital campaign as we move towards our public announcement. Until then, if you have particular questions or would like more information about the campaign, please feel free to contact Becky Pazkowski at Ext. 398, or any of the campaign committee members listed below. Members of the capital campaign committee include:

Walt and Gerry Mattson, Honorary Co-Chairs

Barry and Phil Starr, Co-Chairs

Marie and Tom Belcher

Bruce Crawford and Joan Sheil

Jack Denison

Charles Gehrie

Jean Glasser

Harry Hobson, President/CEO

Jeanne Manser

Ann and Ray Neff

Cade Sibley

Tom Towler and Nancy Lyon

 

3212L3-PILGRIM_HALL-SD (3)On Thursday, December 22, 2016, Plymouth Harbor will host a “red carpet” Grand Opening event for our newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall. The event will showcase the new hall and will offer self-guided tours of the new space, featuring exciting upgrades including acoustics, seating, lighting, state-of-the-art technology, and more.

The event will begin at 3:00 p.m. with one hour of self-guided tours. While there will be staff stationed throughout Pilgrim Hall to help answer any questions, residents and guests are free to explore the fully-upgraded hall. Also during this time, we will be offering complimentary red carpet photos in the Lobby. At 4:00 p.m., the doors to Pilgrim Hall will close in preparation for the Grand Opening ceremony, which will take place at 4:30 p.m. in the Mayflower Restaurant.

The ceremony will include the dedication and ribbon cutting for the rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall, as well as remarks from President/CEO Harry Hobson and other key individuals involved in the project. A reception with complimentary cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will follow the ceremony, sponsored by Integrity Sound and WBRC Architects, our audio visual installation team and architect. Pilgrim Hall will again be opened for tours during the reception.

As a part of Pilgrim Hall’s Grand Opening, we have prepared a special program lineup beginning January 1, 2017, that will run through the end of February 2017. These programs, which will be revealed at the event, showcase the variety of amenities offered in the newly rejuvenated Pilgrim Hall.

Plymouth Harbor is proud to celebrate the completion of this exciting project and looks forward to providing the best programming  possible for our residents. Please look for an event invitation with more details and information in your mailbox in early December.

 

Below are some particulars regarding the rejuvenation:

Acoustical Treatments:  The interior walls, ceiling, exterior corridor, and front and back of the room have all been acoustically treated with panels and rounded materials that allow the sound to travel equally throughout the Hall.  There will be a new stage curtain and a curtain in the back of the room, which will further enhance the acoustics.  Sound deadening panels have been added to the exterior corridor that is shared with the Café.  These new treatments were intended to improve residents’ ability to hear and converse in the Café during meals.

Seating:  There will be 100 seats:  95 are permanent and 5 are removable to make space for wheelchairs or scooters.  The manufacturer of the all-new seating is American Seating, the same company that provided the previous seats in Pilgrim Hall.  The size (height and width) of the new seats are very similar to the previous seats, but the cushions are new and improved material that will add to the comfort and long-term durability.  Several of the end caps of the rows will lift up to provide ease in entering the seats.

Integrated Audio System:  The microphone system is all new and it operates on a digital system, which improves the quality of the sound.  Additionally, a new surround-sound system is being installed to improve sound needed for video, computer, or DVD.

 Upgraded Video Technology and Improved Sight Lines:  A new Pan/Tilt/Zoom video camera is being installed that will project a high definition picture onto a new high definition large screen.  To improve sight lines for guests, 55” TV monitors will be installed on both sides of the hall, about half way back.

Enhanced House and Theatrical Lighting:  House lighting is being added to the north and south walls in the form of beautiful sconces.  Recessed house lighting has been added to the ceilings of the house and the stage.  Theatrical lighting, including two movable spotlights, will be added to highlight the stage.

Increased Storage:  A new permanent storage area has been added outside of the rear of the hall for storage of walkers and wheelchairs during dinner or an event in the hall. The Steinway piano has been accommodated backstage for permanent storage, and the vertical rack for the audio/visual equipment has its own storage area backstage.

Increased Accessibility:  A ramp has been added to access the stage.  The two doors from the Café corridor have each been widened by 18” to improve ingress and egress.  The moveable wall at the rear of the hall provides another opportunity to move into and out of the hall quickly.  That wall also allows us to retain our flexibility in expanding seating during an expected overflow event, should the need arise.

Repositioning of the Sound Booth:  Previously, the sound booth was positioned at the front of the hall.  Sound booths are typically at the back of a performance hall, so that the technician will be able to hear and see what the audience is hearing and seeing.  We have been able to add a portable sound booth at the back of the hall, which can be removed when it is not needed.  Mobile applications make it possible for the control of the lights, audio, and video to be pre-set and controlled at any location in the hall.

Colors and Décor:  The décor package has been carefully considered to coordinate with the restaurant and the lobby, but with some added enhancements.  Wall coverings, curtains, paint, carpet, chair fabric, and beautiful woods combine to offer a refreshing new look in the hall, while not taking a complete departure from the existing design of adjacent areas.

 

didyouknowPresident Ronald Reagan proclaimed the first National Philanthropy Day to be November 15, 1986.

This year marks the 30th anniversary of our country’s annual celebration of philanthropy. We are honored and feel privileged to take this day to extend our deepest and most sincere thanks to our board and committee members, donors, and volunteers for making the world a better place because of what they do.

Philanthropy, “the love of humankind,” is expressed in many different forms, from volunteerism, to community service, to charitable giving. Here at Plymouth Harbor, we witness the expression of philanthropy every day from our residents, families, board members, volunteers, and employees. In some ways, the simplest form of philanthropy, such as a kind greeting, a visit to a Smith Care Center resident, a high school student spending their Saturday morning showing a resident how to use their iPad, a charitable gift to a major project, or an offering of an educational scholarship. No matter the form of kindness, it is an expression of love for humankind.

As we think about the impact philanthropy has on the fabric of our community, even before the Foundation existed, let’s take a moment to reflect and be thankful for every one of us at Plymouth Harbor. For, in one way or another, we are all philanthropists.

Happy National Philanthropy Day to all of you!

 

 

 

chrysanthemums-1127502_1920-2Joan Runge was an amazing and entertaining woman, with a dry sense of humor and not a shy bone in her body. One never had to guess what was on Joan’s mind. She cared deeply for Plymouth Harbor, which became her home in 1999. In 2012, upon the formation of the Plymouth Harbor Foundation, Joan was the first person to notify us that Plymouth Harbor was a beneficiary in her trust. She was generous, having identified Plymouth Harbor as a 25 percent beneficiary. She later (in 2013) wished to make it known to us that her bequest was to be directed to the Assisted Living and Memory Care Residence. We arranged the paperwork so that her wishes would be carried out.

Joan passed away a year ago this month and we just received the first distribution from her trust, totaling $252,000, which has been applied as she wished. We anticipate a final distribution that will bring the total to roughly $340,000. Indeed, Joan Runge knew what she wanted, and wasn’t shy about making sure it happened. We are deeply grateful for Joan’s generosity and vision in assigning her estate to where it will make a huge impact for decades in the future. Thank you, Joan Runge.