Christopher Heights Celebrates with Style
Webster- A global pandemic could not stop the parade and pageantry in celebration of mothers this week at Christopher Height Assisted Living of Webster.
The 83-apartment assisted living community in Webster welcomed a Caravan of Caring parade on Sunday that featured 54 cars carrying family members, friends, decorations and well wishes for their loved ones.
“I was wondering what Mother’s Day was going to look like this year when I received a notice from Christopher Heights inviting me to participate in the grand parade”, said Rochelle Webb. “To see the look on my mother’s face was absolutely priceless and it created a real happening that excited us all during this very trying time of social distancing.”
The event was organized by the staff of Christopher Heights who were also grateful to have received a donation of over $4000 worth of beautiful hats earmarked for every resident of the assisted living community from millinery hat purveyor SALMAGUNDI of Boston and the members of the Dudley Woman’s Club, a local non-profit organization committed to the betterment of their community.
“We work hard to assure our residents always experience the quality in their lives every day, no matter what is being thrown at us.” said Gerri Lorusso, Executive Director of Christopher Heights. “The hats were distributed to residents this week before the parade and it was so uplifting to see the joy that was sparked among residents and staff alike,”. We are grateful to SALMAGUNDI and the Dudley Woman’s Club for truly topping off our week of Mother’s Day festivities and we are elated over the response received by family and friends for the parade. It really provided a great opportunity for the residents and their families to enjoy such a special day.”
Jessen Fitzpatrick and Andria Rapagnola, the husband and wife team who own and operate SALMAGUNDI, were happy to have made this donation possible, alongside the generosity of such a giving and community-minded group of individuals at the Dudley Woman’s Club.
“We know the pandemic has created significant challenges and caused isolation for the senior populations,” said Fitzpatrick and Rapagnola. “This just seemed like such a good way for us to lift some spirits and bring some smiles ~it was our way to put a little hug around their heads.”
Judy Joy, an active Board member of the Dudley Woman’s Club who’s mother-in-law also resides at Christopher Heights was on hand, with fellow Board members Diane Perry and Deb LaPlaca showing support by holding up a Dudley Woman’s Club banner, as well as, participating with her husband Bruce in the parade where they all witnessed the successful outcome of this tremendous collaboration.
“It was so much fun, and you could feel the heartfelt appreciation from families, staff and residents,” commented Joy. “I am so proud to be a member of the DWC and be a part of this feel-good offering and celebration.”
Christopher Heights Assisted Living is located at 338 Thompson Road, Webster, Massachusetts, a peaceful and rural setting just above the Connecticut line and right near the shore of Webster’s Lake Chaubunagungamaug. Christopher Heights™ Webster is an 83-apartment housing alternative for seniors, offering an abundance of amenities, in a warm and dignified residential setting. The Christopher Heights assisted living community is designed to help maintain resident independence in home-like private apartments amidst a beautiful environment.