‘Charity starts at home’ at Scottsdale’s Westminster Village

The saying “charity starts at home” has never been truer than at Westminster Village, 12000 N. 90th St. in Scottsdale.

Their fourth annual fundraiser is a gala themed ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ that will be held April 16. Proceeds for this event benefit the Westminster Village Foundation. The foundation funds three key areas unique to Westminster Village: improved living through the General Fund, continuity of living through the Resident’s Assistant Fund and the Employee Scholarship Fund.

Automatic door entries to the assisted living area has allowed residents who use to struggle with keys an easy entry to their homes, and a transportation van are just two of the items the fundraiser contributed to in years past.

“Despite planning for the future we are living longer which is a great thing,” Marilyn Kahn, gala coordinator, said.  Some residents have found they need additional funds to remain in their homes and the Resident Assistance Fund allows them to do just that.

Another exciting element of the fundraiser is the employee scholarship fund which allows each employee to apply for a scholarship of up to $1,000 annually. One worthy employee will receive a $2,500 scholarship to be awarded at the gala.

Some of the scholarship recipients have gone on to study psychology, nursing, and business to name a few.

This formal event will be held at Westminster featuring a cocktail hour, signature gourmet dishes, a live auction, entertainment by the Kathy Donald Quartet and award presentations.

The sense of community at Westminster Village is one that truly shows that of love your neighbor. The hard work and dedication by the Foundation Board is a yearlong process including a boutique, with thousands of unique items for sale and The Village Shoppe, an in-house store offering antiques, furniture and many other items. Westminster Village is a not-for-profit retirement community.

For more information on the gala or the Westminster Village Foundation contact Marilyn Kahn at Marilyn.kahn@wmvaz.com.

Editor's Note: Ms. van der Knoop is a volunteer correspondent for the Scottsdale Independent.

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