September 2018 e-Newsletter
Summer at Culpepper Garden was a busy time. Resident gardens are fluorishing, our major fundraiser was a wonderful success, renovations are moving ahead and we are blessed with may volunteers. We invite you to share this newsletter or provide feedback to Linda Kelleher, Executive Director, at lkelleher@culpeppergarden.org.
Culpepper Garden Springtime Party -- Thank you to all!


Honorary Co-Chairs Suzie and Bill Buck helped Culpepper Garden to achieve a record-breaking outpouring of community support for the Culpepper Garden Springtime Party, this once-a-year fundraiser in early June. The festive event and silent auction, held indoors this year, welcomed 125 sponsors and guests and featured a delicious buffet created by Chef Ray Riddle and his team. View the event photo album here .

In a letter, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam paid tribute to the Buck’s deep commitment to those less fortunate in our community and Chair Susan Philp detailed the Culpepper Garden renovations. Foster Rockwell shared his mother's story, an Assisted Living resident, whose “quality of life improved beyond all expectations” to illustrate how important it is to help Culpepper Garden raise the funds it needs to continue providing quality care.”   

Chair's Sponsors
Suzie and Bill Buck
Buck & Associates Real Estate

Grand Sponsors
Jeanne Broyhill and Joe Ventrone
Virginia Geoffrey and John Andelin
Doreen Gentzler and Bill Miller, for the Rita O'Flinn Fund
Brad and Diane Smith, Strategic Analysis Inc.
Anonymous Donor

Thank you to all our wonderful sponsors.
First Residents Move into Newly Renovated Apartments
Construction is well underway at Culpepper Garden I, the original 204 apartments built in 1975. The renovation is occurring in phases to allow for temporary onsite relocation of residents. The first phase was recently completed and 16 residents moved back into their newly renovated apartments. Most residents are also learning that their rent will be lower because of the new HUD rental vouchers, a subsidy that caps rent at 30% of resident income. Ethel Starks, age 91 and a Culpepper Garden resident since 2013, is one of the first to move back into her newly renovated apartment. Ms. Starks receives services through Arlington County and is a new recipient of a rental voucher said, “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I am truly blessed.”
Well Deserved Recognition for Assisted Living Volunteers
Every Wednesday for over 10 years, three volunteers have met at Culpepper Garden Assisted Living to help with a wide variety of support activities, perform on the violin and ukulele or to sing. Carolyn Baker met Volunteers Dora Salzano and Dolores Plunkett when she was head of the volunteers at the former NVA Doctors Hospital, When the hospital closed, they began volunteering at Culpepper Garden. In July, Volunteer Arlington celebrated the many community volunteers who served 100+ hours within the past year and presented them with a certificate of appreciation signed by the Arlington County Board Chair. Thank you, Carolyn, Dora and Dolores, for your service!
Culpepper Garden at Metro Washington Area Council of Governments
Linda Kelleher, Executive Director, Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC), the nonprofit sponsor of Culpepper Garden, recently presented to the MWCOG Human Services Policy Committee, an important opportunity to showcase Culpepper Garden beyond Arlington. Culpepper Garden was highly regarded for our mission to care for our most vulnerable residents in assisted living, regardless of their inability to pay. Together with our community partnerships and commitment to quality care Culpepper Garden is unique. Fifteen officials from neighboring jurisdictions attended this meeting chaired by Arlington County Board Chair Katie Cristol.  
Why Donate to Culpepper Garden?
Since our assisted living wing opened in 2000, 43% of its residents have required – and received – additional financial support to remain in their homes. Help us to do more.
Culpepper Garden | 4435 N. Pershing Road, Arlington, VA 22203
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Arlington Retirement Housing Corporation (ARHC) is the nonprofit owner of Culpepper Garden