May 9, 2011
GAITHERSBURG, Md. – It’s hard to imagine what began as a Methodist home for five seniors in 1926 has become a thriving and expanding community for over 1,300 Montgomery County older adults. Asbury Methodist Village (AMV) continues its 85th Anniversary celebration with an 11:30 a.m. luncheon on Wednesday, May 11 at Hefner Auditorium, featuring local dignitaries and renowned photographer David McLain.
As part of a series of 85th anniversary events, AMV will host residents, volunteers and area officials honoring the community’s tradition and history over the past eight and a half decades. Prior to the luncheon, a dedication ceremony will be held to mark the official opening of AMV’s newest neighborhood on campus, the Courtyard Homes.
The pre-luncheon program will begin with Asbury President and CEO Edwin C. Thomas, III along with David Denton, AMV Executive Director welcoming State Senator Jennie Forehand as she presents a citation from the Maryland State Legislature commemorating AMV’s 85th anniversary. Lieutenant Governor Andrew Brown will present the Governor’s Citation and Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett will deliver a county proclamation. Special guest Reverend Vivian McCarthy, Central Maryland District Superintendent for the Baltimore/Washington Conference of the United Methodist Church,will lead an invocation.
Following lunch at 1:30 p.m., photographer David McLain will speak at The Rosborough Cultural Arts & Wellness Center Theatre located on campus. McLain's photographs have appeared in National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, and National Geographic Adventure, as well as Men's Journal, Sports Illustrated, Skiing, Wine Spectator, Fortune, Life, and Smithsonian. As photographic contributor to The Blues Zones (Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who Lived the Longest) by Dan Buettner, McLain will discuss his experiences in traveling to parts of the world known for the longevity of its citizens. “We are thrilled to have David on campus,” said AMV Executive Director David Denton. “His experience and perspectives create just the kind of informative and stimulating presentations our residents expect and enjoy.” There will be a reception for McLain immediately following his presentation at 3 p.m. in the Rosborough Center.
The luncheon and David McLain forum is one of many on-going events taking place to celebrate the community’s 85th anniversary of successfully serving the aging.
Asbury Methodist Village is a CARF-CCAC and EAGLE-accredited continuing care retirement community that is part of Asbury Communities, Inc., which provides management and support services for a system of continuing care retirement communities for older adults. Asbury Communities is ranked by the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) and Ziegler Capital Markets Group’s AZ 100 as the 12th largest not-for-profit multi-site senior living organization in the country. Asbury Methodist Village is also a member of LifeSpan Network.