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The Loomis Communities to Hold Spring Reception on May 25

SPRINGFIELD — The Loomis Communities, the longest-serving provider of senior living in the Pioneer Valley, announced its annual Spring Reception will be held on Thursday, May 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing, 807 Wilbraham Road, Springfield. Proceeds from the event will benefit the current and future environmental sustainability efforts of the Loomis Communities on all three of its campuses. Early projects will include the addition of EV charging stations.

More information and links to register can be found at www.loomiscommunities.org/spring-reception-2.

At this year’s Spring Reception, the Loomis Communities will honor Dr. Elissa Sherman with the Elvira Whiting Ball Award for Outstanding Service to Older Adults. Sherman has worked in aging policy for more than 30 years and is president of LeadingAge Massachusetts, an association exclusively representing not-for-profit providers of aging services in Massachusetts with the mission of expanding the world of possibilities for aging.

The organization will also honor three Loomis Village residents, Jeanne Achille, Randy Hyvonen, and John Schechter, with Awards for Inspirational Aging. Through their individual and collective efforts, Achille, Hyvonen, and Schechter have encouraged fellow residents to explore and participate in activities focused around art and woodworking at Loomis Village. They have conceived and created a new woodshop and art studio at the retirement community, where classes, remodeling, recycling, and other initiatives come to life. These efforts have not only benefited residents, but have also enhanced the Loomis Village campus and the Loomis Communities as a whole.

“Each year, we celebrate outstanding individuals connected to the Loomis Communities in some way, and this year’s slate of honorees is impressive,” President and CEO Marge Mantoni said. “Dr. Elissa Sherman is tireless in her advocacy for senior-living communities. The three Loomis Village residents we are honoring exemplify role models for all in our three communities about staying engaged, learning, and building community.”