HIGHLIGHTS OF FAMILY WEEKEND 2012
On September 28th and 29th, hundreds of family members traveled across the United States to gather on the campus of Annandale Village for Family Weekend 2012. The event gave Annandale Village an opportunity to showcase our programs and services, as well as provide opportunities for learning, fellowship and recognition for the many accomplishments achieved throughout the year. Our Villagers were the focus of the celebration and played an integral focus of the weekend activities, demonstrations, performances and exhibits.
Family Weekend began with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Amy Somers Center for Continued Care. An auspicious event which included powerful presentations from many of the individuals responsible for the design, construction, and funding of the building. Lisa Jackson, Amy’s sister and spokesperson for the family that has been so generous to provide Annandale with the financial means to expand ourservices, addressed the crowd about her family’s commitment to helping to ensure a continuum of care for Amy and other Villagers. Villagers who will be able to call the Center “home” within the next two months were the first to enter the new building to explore its amenities.
Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, family members were encouraged to meet at their respective Villagers’ houses for individual receptions sponsored by the Family Council. The Villagers served as hosts and tour guides in their homes, and families were able to make connections with one another to increase their circle of support.
A flurry of activity began at the close of the receptions when the Villagers began assembling on our residential road that winds throughout our 54-acre campus. The Annandale Village Homecoming Parade soon took shape with Villagers involved in clubs, athletics and leadership roles on campus cheering and chanting. Red Hats, Miss Suwanee pageant Kings and Queens, the Villager Council and Aktion Club members, Special Olympic athletes, bike club participants, Man Club members, and Villagers in their martial arts gear all walked, rolled or rode in decorated ‘floats’ to the D. Scott Hudgens Center for Skilled Nursing. There they were joined by other residents, staff, family members and guests who all joined in to chant cheers for Annandale at a true Pep Rally led by our Chief Development & Marketing Officer,Keith Fenton. The Villagers became particularly fired up when the staff handed out Family Weekend shirts for Saturday’s Dinner and Awards Program.
In keeping with the theme of Family Weekend, the Villagers enjoyed a formal Homecoming Dance held in the Berry Dining Hall on Friday evening, complete with hors d’oeuvres, corsages and themed décor. Many family members and guests helped celebrateAnnandaleand the weekend by hitting the dance floor.
Saturday’s programming for families and caregivers included a State of the Village address from CEOAdam Pomeranz, a Family Council Meeting, and Learning Sessions on staff roles and responsibilities, and strategic planning for the future. The Administrative staff considers input from the families integral to expanding and improving ourprogramsandservices. Some family members were also able to take advantage of a financial planning session offered on Saturday afternoon.
Family Weekend culminated with the dinner and awards program held in the Pat Brown Program Center for Programs on Saturday evening. The staff surprised the Villagers and families by having their own parade of sorts – marching into the gym with megaphones, pennants and pompoms shouting anAnnandalecheer. The entire crowd joined in, most jumping to their feet for an emotional celebration of our Village and the Villagers themselves. During dinner, guests were treated to a performance by the Villagers highlighting events and music from each of the decades beginning with Annandale’s founding, 1969. The awards portion of the program included the recognition of Villagers, volunteers, donors, community partners, staff and families who made significant differences in their own lives or the lives of the Villagers by their kind acts, achievements, or contributions.
Family Weekend is truly a familial experience for all who participate. We recognize that, despite the fact that our organization continues to expand, become more technologically advanced and viable for providing services in the 21st century, Annandale was created with the devotion and vision of a family (the Berrys), and continues to be driven by our families’ expectations of the care of their loved ones. Although the staff is responsible for the formal planning of the event, everyone involved can take credit for its success. Looking forward to next year!
2012 AWARD WINNERS
DSH Villager of the Year
Employee of the Year
DSH Employee of the Year
The Crystal Award
The Oberdorfer Family
Family Circle Awards
The Carson Family
Mark & Jean Graves
Ronald (Bo) & Doris Johnson
Outstanding Community Partner Awards
Lawrenceville First Baptist Church
Miss Suwanee Organization
Oasis Bowling Centers
Anh Quan L.
Peer Mentor Awards
Special Olympians of the Year
Off-Campus Employee of the Year
On-Campus Employee of the Year