Full Circle
Circle Center's E-Newsletter
"Night never had the last word.
Dawn is always invincible."
-Hugh Brown
This has been an exciting and busy month. We celebrated our 45th Anniversary during a fun-filled week of virtual events and celebrations. We honored our legacy of Creating Connections, we unveiled our new look and with your support...we surpassed our goal and raised over $45,000!

We think the sun in our new logo beautifully represents the dawning of a new day, and the promise of a day full of engaging activities, connections, and support that we provide. We are happy to share with you the story of the evolution of our logo, highlight the connections that we celebrated, and offer our THANK YOU to all of you. You who played BINGO, made a gift of support, bid on an auction item, shared a story, and helped us celebrate our 45 year legacy! We couldn't have done any of it without all of you.

We are also tracking the rapidly evolving information and guidelines from the CDC and VDH as we head into summer with the hope of some sense of normalcy on the horizon. We are maintaining the priority of the health and safety of our participants as we decipher what these changes mean for our center, participants, staff, and visitors and volunteers.
Circle Center's 45th Anniversary:
Celebrating 45 Years of Connections
Thank you to everyone who participated in our weeklong Anniversary Celebration! Thanks to the generosity and support of our sponsors, friends and everyone who participated, we are thrilled to report that we raised OVER $45,000 to ensure our next 45 years, and beyond!
Circle Center Gets a FRESH Look...
To Kick-Off our Anniversary Celebrations we had a big surprise up our sleeves!
We could finally reveal our refreshed logo, updated mission and vision and tag-line with you. Working on this top-secret project during the darkest days of the Pandemic was the bright light we all needed - and so maybe it's not such a surprise that a sun, and the dawning of a new day on the horizon - was part of our rebranding.

As is true of our legacy, we didn't get here alone. We had an incredible team from Altria Group, who spent months of creative time and energy with us on this pro-bono project. We think it beautifully reflects who we are, and the promise of a day of activity, support, friendship, joy and CONNECTIONS that Circle Center provides.

Click HERE to learn more about this update.
...and a New VIDEO!
We also unveiled our new video during our 45th Anniversary Celebrations and we are happy to share it again, with all of you!

We often say the magic of this place needs to be seen and heard to be fully understood. It has been difficult to not allow visitors on site for an entire year, so we are even happier to have a way to bring Circle Center to all of you.
Thank you to everyone who appeared in this video and shared their kind words and stories. A huge Thank You to Michael Snell of Dominion Vistas, who shared his time and talent pro-bono with us to produce this video.
More Anniversary Fun!
Virtual BINGO night was a big hit and our Anniversary Auction was full of fun packages and experiences. Thank you to Lauren and Alex Glaser of the Glaser Group, who produced and ran our virtual BINGO experience!

We also launched our Share Your Story of Connection campaign, that we hope to continue in an effort to highlight the importance of Connections in our lives, the creative ways that people connected with each other during a difficult year, and of course the many impactful Connections that Circle Center helps to facilitate every year.

We will continue to share these stories of connection with you and we invite you all to share your stories with us.

Click HERE to learn more.
THANK YOU to everyone who supported our Anniversary Celebrations. Thank you to our committee members, Lauren Glaser, Katie Campbell, Beth Ludden, Yvonne Haynes, Paula Desel, and Phyllis James for your time, hard work and creativity!

Thank you to our sponsors:
Spring Arbor Cottage Memory Care
Bremo Pharmacy
Harris Mechanical

Members of the RVA Senior Resource Group:
Anne Anderson, Bremo Pharmacy
Darel Gallagher, Wells Fargo Advisors
Katie Hamamm
Melanie Lee, Lee Law Office
Garrett McLees, My Virtual OT
Courtney Petley, GeroPartners
Cathy Saunders, Long & Foster
Mark Sheets, Comfort Keepers
Sheila Stells, Medi Home Hospice
Jim Warns, Mutual of Omaha Reverse Mortgage
Happy Memorial Day!
We will be closed on Monday in observance of Memorial Day, but that didn't stop us from celebrating.

Barry Armstrong, a veteran who served in the Air Force and National Guard, is a new participant who just joined us this week, and certainly showed off his patriotic pride in style.

Thank you Barry, and all veterans and service members and their families, for your service. We wish you all a safe and Happy Memorial Day!
New Covid Guidelines
Like all of you, we have been excited to follow along as restrictions are eased and the CDC and VDH update guidelines. We are currently working through what those guidelines and updates mean for us in our congregate setting and will continue to update you as we make any changes to our services, on-site practices and visitor restrictions.

We are maintaining the priority of the health and safety of our participants as we decipher what the lifting of some restrictions mean for our center, participants, staff, and visitors and volunteers. We know many of our volunteers are anxious to return to us and we’ll be in touch with you in the coming weeks as we continue to adjust and adapt our volunteer policies and procedures as we work to establish our “new normal” for operating an adult day facility that has weathered the pandemic. While we won’t be able to welcome everyone back at once, we look forward to working with each of you to continue to find ways to stay connected with us along the way.
Farewell to a Friend
This week we said goodbye to a member of our Circle Center family. Jane Paruszkiewicz worked in both operations and development at Circle Center from 2004- 2012. She wore many hats, helping with fundraising efforts for the Boomer Ball, working on the logistics for our building renovations and even helped manage the Center’s move to networked computers. She was fearless and loved a challenge. Her colleagues remember her for her steadfast dedication, dependability, organization and loyalty. She was even known to research and embark on her own home appliance repair, as she loved tackling a challenge and the reward of figuring it out on her own. Thank you Jane for your years of service and a life well lived in service to others.

Above, Circle Center's first CEO Lory Phillippo with Jane P. as she was affectionally known. Below, Jane P. and Circle Center staff celebrating Jane's retirement in 2012.