The zealous residents and staff of Woodland Pond at New Paltz have been vigorously working to raise money for the Dutchess-Ulster Chapter in support of the American Heart Association’s annual fundraising campaign. Their efforts began last month and will continue until the end of this month. An estimated 83.6 million American adults have one or more types of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Of these, 42.2 million are estimated to be 60 or older. A couple weeks ago, the senior living community hosted an all you can eat five dollar pancake breakfast in the bistro where they raffled off fun prizes, all of which were generously donated by local businesses. Their last event was a hearty St. Patrick’s Day Bake Sale on Friday, March 18.
“It is heartwarming to see the residents and staff come together for such a wonderful cause,” said Sarah Hull, resident services director for Woodland Pond. “We have made tremendous headway in supporting our local American Heart Association chapter. Our goal is to raise $3,000 by the end of March. Last month, we made substantial progress toward our goal through our two pancake breakfasts, which netted an amazing $930.00. We also started an employee-focused effort that gave team members the opportunity to wear jeans for two weeks straight if they contributed $20 to the cause. This netted in an additional $565. We are getting closer and closer to achieving our goal!”
Woodland Pond has also placed buckets at both reception desks for people to donate their spare change. Wanting to give everyone the opportunity to donate via online outlets, the senior living community also has a team page where people may make contributions online. Those wishing to donate may do so by going to www.dutchessulsterheartwalk.org. From there they may select “Find a Team” and then type in Woodland Pond.
“Everyone has been so enthusiastic about giving back and making a difference,” said Michelle Gramoglia, executive director of Woodland Pond. “We are being spirited by wearing red and sharing news of all of the events we are doing with our families and friends. It is inspiring to see everyone come together for such a worthy cause. There’s no limit to what we can do as a team!”