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Waveny Care Network Honors Contributors at Donor Recognition Event

Posted on November 7, 2011

Waveny Care Network thanked its many contributors for their loyal support and commitment at their Donor Recognition Event on Thursday, October 20. Close to 200 guests attended including honoree Julianne Grace pictured with her husband Dan and family members.

New Canaan – With close to 200 people in attendance, Waveny Care Network recently thanked its many contributors at a donor reception on Thursday, October 20. Julianne Grace and the Newcomers Club of New Canaan were honored for their loyal support, involvement and commitment to Waveny and its mission.

“The wisdom, work and treasures you have shared with us for three decades now, Julianne, is unquantifiable and appreciated beyond words.” said Harry Rein, Board Chair of Waveny Care Network. “Your past and current leadership is an inspiration to me, as well as to each of your fellow past chairmen, and all who have served alongside you. You are a true hero and champion of Waveny.”

Julianne Grace served on Waveny’s board for six years and was the first female board chair in 2001. She is an inaugural member of Waveny’s advisory council and has assisted in every major event at the facility assuming various roles. From her twelve years of service on the development committee and collective work as raffle chair and ‘Swinging for Seniors’ committee member, to her dedicated service as a top annual appeal solicitor every year, she is a role-model in philanthropy and to the community as a whole. “It is timely and important to honor someone who embodies Waveny’s values and mission,” said Rein. She and her husband Dan have lived in New Canaan for 46 years and they have two loving children and seven grandchildren.

The Newcomers Club of New Canaan was also specially honored for their long history of support to Waveny. Funding from the Newcomers Club has made a lasting impact on the quality of life for those served by Waveny including continued support of the Therapeutic Recreation department’s music and creative arts programs; neuromuscular electrical stimulation system devices that offer revolutionary therapy on an inpatient and outpatient basis; electronic ceiling lift allowing for safe patient transfers while also easing the physical stress put on caregivers.

Founded in 1957, the Newcomers Club of New Canaan is one of the largest, oldest and most active clubs of its kind in the country, with over 375 families. They strive to make new residents’ transitions into life in New Canaan easier by providing the opportunity to meet new friends and participate in activities with others with similar interests.

Over the years, the Newcomers Club has raised funds through their renowned "Homes for the Holidays" House Tour and monies raised go to local organizations. “We are most grateful to have been a regular recipient,” said Mr. Rein. “It is our honor to celebrate this important community group.”

Waveny Care Network provides a comprehensive continuum of healthcare to serve the growing needs of older adults from all areas. Waveny is a not-for-profit organization that offers independent living at New Canaan Inn, assisted living for people with Alzheimer’s and memory loss at The Village, and skilled nursing at Waveny Care Center. It also includes the Brown Geriatric Evaluation Clinic, a Geriatric Care Management team that provides 24-hour coverage, an Adult Day Program with transportation and flexible hours six days a week, inpatient and outpatient Rehabilitation Services, and respite programs and hospice care at The Village and Care Center. For information call (203) 594-5200 or visit www.waveny.org.