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June 2012 PVM & Foundation Highlights

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June 2012 PVM & Foundation Highlights

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January 1, 2010 thru May 31, 2012


GOAL: $15M


PVM Calendar of Events

June 3rd
Village of East Harbor
34th Anniversary

June 4th
Village of Hillside
33rd Anniversary

June 6th
Village of Lake Huron Woods
8th Anniversary

June 15th
Village Victory Cup
Ultimate Soccer Arenas, Pontiac

June 17th
Father's Day
Remember or honor your father with a gift to PVM Foundation

June 21st
Deadline to submit Grant Applications to PVM Foundation

Bernice, Holly Woodlands Resident

When I moved into the Village, I had the attitude I was there to wait out the end of my days. But the wonderful staff there had a different idea.They felt there was still life in this old gal and they were right! The Wellness Program changed my life and my attitude. We work out, we socialize, and we laugh a lot. It’s good medicine. The fact I took off 30 pounds helps. Good for my heart and high blood pressure. I’ve seen the difference in myself and many of my friends. I am very grateful to all those involved with the Presbyterian Villages of Michigan and the Wellness Program. Thank you for giving us a reason to continue living because my old saying holds true today: There is a big difference between being alive and living. THANK YOU for supporting the Foundation and helping provide the best life at all of the Villages. You really are making a difference in our lives!

Over $156,000 Raised at 2nd Annual Inspire Possibilities Breakfast and New Society Unveiled

The PVM Foundation is thrilled to announce that over $156,000 was raised at the 2nd annual Inspire Possibilities fundraising breakfast event on May 18th! The event, held at the Centerpoint Marriott in Pontiac, was attended by 280 guests. Kicking off the program was a rousing Drums Alive® demonstration performed by residents from The Village of Oakland Woods. Guests heard three inspirational stories from Kenneth and Harriette Jenkins, residents at The Village of Brush Park Manor Paradise Valley; Marjorie Warner, a Board Member and family member of a resident at The Village of Redford; and Gloria Stokes, a resident at The Village of Oakland Woods.

The PVM Foundation also unveiled an opportunity to join the new Rev. Dr. L.J Peterson Mission Makers Society. Named after PVM’s former President and CEO, who passed away in March 2012, this Society recognizes all donors who currently have a two-year or longer pledge commitment of greater than $1,000. Thank you to all the Mission Makers members for their long-term commitment to PVM seniors, and thank you to all our donors and Table Captains who helped make the 2nd annual Inspire Possibilities breakfast such a success!


Lynn Alexander Appointed PVM’s VP of Public Affairs

PVM is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynn Alexander to serve as vice president of public affairs, effective May 21. In this role, Alexander will have responsibility for system-wide communications, media relations, public relations, advocacy and governmental relations. Prior to joining PVM, Alexander served as President and CEO of Your Aging Well Advisor, an educational, advocacy, technical assistance and professional consulting firm focused on a comprehensive array of aging related matters.

Among other previous positions, Alexander has served as the Director of the Michigan Office of Services to the Aging and as Director of Senior Citizens Services for Oakland County. She is a frequent speaker and writer, and authored the book Caregiver Tsunami. Alexander has also served on various statewide, regional and local governing boards associated with aging issues.


18th Annual Calvin Society and Sterling Society Luncheon Hosted at the GM Heritage Center

On May 8th, the 18th annual Calvin Society and Sterling Society Luncheon was held at the GM Heritage Center in Sterling Heights. This annual event recognizes members of the Calvin and Sterling Societies, individuals who have made an estate gift or significant major gifts to support the mission of PVM. Guests enjoyed a private viewing of the GM collection of nearly 150 vehicles, including several prototypes. Guests also enjoyed wonderful sounds from the hand chimes group from The Village of Redford. Keynote speaker Greg Wallace, manager of the GM Heritage Center, provided a history of the collection, how it was formed and its importance to the GM organization. Thank you to our Calvin Society and Sterling Society members who have made PVM what it is today! To learn more about how you can make a planned gift, contact Megan Keup, director of philanthropy operations, at 248.281.2044 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


Village of Redford Residents Celebrate Eight Centenarians

On May 22nd, The Village of Redford celebrated the birthdays of eight residents who have reached the age of 100 years or better. Of the eight residents, the two oldest, Agustin Colon and Johnnie Mae Miller, are 103. Anna Lorne is 102, followed by Anna Baumanis, Margaret Kirchbaum and Geraldine Seng, who are 101. At 100 are Janet Collins and Rachel McMaster. The youngest of the residents is Ruth Dawkins, who will turn 100 in October. Congratulations and a very happy birthday to each of you for leading long, healthy and active lives! To read more about these centenarians, visit and click on the Hometownlife article posted on June 1st!