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Cornwall Manor celebrates Founders Day

Oct. 20, 2016

Cornwall Manor hosted its annual Founders Day Reception and Dinner on October 19. The event recognized friends who play an important role in the retirement community’s founding as well as those who have supported the Cornwall Manor community through its 67 years of ministry to older adults.

Rev. Thomas Maurer (left), Vice Chair, Cornwall Manor Board of Trustees; Curtis Walizer (second from left), Chair, Cornwall Manor Board of Trustees and Steven Hassinger (right), President, Cornwall Manor congratulate The Rev. Robert and Jean Stokes on receiving the 2016 Founders Day Award.
Rev. Thomas Maurer (left), Vice Chair, Cornwall Manor Board of Trustees; Curtis Walizer (second from left), Chair, Cornwall Manor Board of Trustees and Steven Hassinger (right), President, Cornwall Manor, congratulate The Rev. Robert and Jean Stokes on receiving the 2016 Founders Day Award.

The 2016 Founders Day award was presented to The Rev. Robert and Jean Stokes by Cornwall Manor’s Vice Chairperson of the Board, Rev. Thomas Maurer. The award is presented to an individual(s) ‘whose extraordinary commitment to Cornwall Manor has had a significant impact on our ministry.’ Rev. Stokes is a retired United Methodist pastor and served various churches and as district superintendent of the State College District of the Central PA Conference during his 40 years in active ministry.  Jean Stokes is a retired teacher. The Stokes are active in numerous volunteer efforts at Cornwall Manor, their church and the local community. They are members of both the Cornwall Manor Legacy Circle and Buckingham Society for their personal support of the retirement community’s ministry.

Several individuals were inducted into “The Buckingham Society,” which is named for Mrs. Margaret Coleman Freeman Buckingham, who is considered Cornwall Manor’s first philanthropist. Members of the Buckingham Society provide the highest levels of support for Cornwall Manor’s mission. Cornwall Manor President Steven Hassinger inducted John and Kay Craft, Ruth Maud, Rev. Charles and Patricia Weigel and Rev. Dr. Dennis and Lenore Williams.

Ellen Arnold, Cornwall Manor Trustee and resident recognized two additional donor groups.  “Legacy Circle” donors were acknowledged for naming Cornwall Manor in their will or estate plan. New Legacy Circle donors are Fredrick and Judith Borger, Diane Griffiths and Robert and Sandra Johnson. ‘Faithful Friends’ are individuals who have supported the community’s mission for over 20 years. New “Faithful Friends” who were recognized at the dinner were Evalyn Bernhardt, Dorothy Frey, F. Lois Henry and Rev. Dale and Patti Owens.

The event was sponsored by Highmark, Weik Investment Services, Inc., Woodland Contractors, Inc., WellSpan Health/Good Samaritan Hospital, Arthur Funk & Sons Inc. and Cornerstone Design-Architects. Proceeds from the Founders Day Dinner will be used to support benevolent care for residents with limited resources – which has been at the heart of Cornwall Manor’s ministry for 67 years. In 2015, Cornwall Manor provided $1.2 million in benevolent care for residents.