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Waveny Donors Honored for Loyal Support

Waveny Donors Honored for Loyal Support

Posted on October 24, 2017

Waveny LifeCare Network thanked its many supporters at its annual donor recognition reception on Tuesday, October 24th.  Longtime donors Carol and George Bauer of The Bauer Foundation, Legacy Society member Jim Bach, and community leaders Linda and Jay Twombly were honored for their generous support and commitment to Waveny. William Piper, Chief Executive Officer, opened the evening by acknowledging everyone for their generosity, which helps to ensure the quality of care Waveny is best known for, and that Waveny will be here in the future. 

“This year’s honorees are inspirational in their generosity and serve as great examples of community leadership,” said Todd Lampert, Board Chair.  The honorees all witnessed the excellent care Waveny provided to their family members and the meaningful programs offered to residents, which made a significant lasting impression. These donors all made charitable contributions to ensure that other families could benefit from that same high quality care.

“In recognition of their countless contributions to the community and valued support of Waveny, it is our honor to recognize our dear friends Linda and Jay Twombly,” said Cynthia Gorey, Vice President of Development. Jay is a longtime Board member and served in many leadership capacities, and was Chairman of the Board in 2012 and 2013, during which time he led a strategic review of the organization. Linda has been a Meals on Wheels volunteer for over 20 years so visits Waveny frequently. The Twomblys have been long-time sponsors of “Swinging for Seniors,” Waveny’s annual golf and tennis fundraiser.  As key Waveny advocates for decades, Jay and Linda put their heart into the development efforts and are role models for good community citizens who are true doers. 

Carol and George Bauer of The Bauer Foundation were also honored. The Bauer Foundation was founded in 1989 as a vehicle to make charitable donations and just as importantly to get their three children involved in family philanthropy. The Bauers believe in investing time as well as making charitable donations to the causes they care about, and Waveny has benefitted from their gifts of time, talent and treasure.  George has served as a board member and Carol is a longtime volunteer and currently plays the piano for our weekly spiritual service program. The Bauer Foundation has been a generous supporter for this special initiative that helps make Waveny unique.  In a letter to their children when they established the family foundation, Carol and George wrote ‘We have a great opportunity to impact some of the world’s problems over time.’ “And they certainly have and continue to do so and our world is indeed a better place for their efforts,” stated Gorey.

Jim Bach, a true legend in New Canaan, was recognized as a Legacy Society member who has included Waveny in his planned giving through his will.  Jim’s mother was one of the first patients at Waveny shortly after it opened in 1975 and subsequently, both Jim’s father and his wife, Vona, were patients as well.  Vona was also a dedicated volunteer for years. The Bachs have been long-time supporters of the organization’s fundraising efforts, helping to ensure that other families could benefit from Waveny’s care. “We are grateful to have the opportunity to thank Jim for his generosity, for his contributions to Waveny, the town of New Canaan and beyond,” stated Ms. Gorey.

Waveny LifeCare Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the changing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a nonprofit organization that offers independent living at The Inn, assisted living and respite care for people with memory impairment at The Village, and skilled nursing, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, an Adult Day Program that provides free door-to-door transportation throughout most of lower Fairfield County, and an array of community-based services through Waveny Home Healthcare, Waveny at Home and Geriatric Care Management. For information call 1-855-WAVENY-1 or email [email protected].

  Click to see photos from Waveny's 2017 Donor Recognition Reception

 Click to see photos from Waveny's 2017 Donor Recognition Reception