Residents, Runners Come Together for a Good Cause

Published: Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The ninth annual Grandparent’s Run at Passavant Retirement Community in September was once again tremendously successful, raising nearly $12,000 for the benevolent care fund, which helps support residents who have outlived their financial resources.

Of the more than 180 race participants, several were Passavant Retirement Community residents who wanted to show support for their friends and neighbors in need.

“I was really pleased with the amount of participation we had this year from our personal care and nursing residents,” said Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Retirement Community. “Some had assistance from staff to complete the course, but it’s wonderful to see them doing what they can for a good cause.”

“These residents were helping folks who really need it,” said Frances Grabowski, director for annual giving for the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation. “It was so dear to see them out there.”

In addition to the one-mile run, the event also included a 10-mile and a 5K race. Prizes were awarded in each category, and each race participant received a commemorative t-shirt.

Grabowski said that to date, the Grandparent’s Run has raised over $90,000 for benevolent care, thanks to the tireless efforts and generosity of Joella Baker and her mother Ann Richard who organize the race in honor of Joella’s grandmother, Rose Mudicka and Rose’s friend Francies Yingling, both former Passavant Retirement Community residents.

“The entire Richard family puts forth a tremendous effort to make the Grandparent Run a success every year. The biggest winners are the seniors that benefit from the benevolent care funds raised by the event,” Grabowski said.

Thrivent Allegheny County Chapter, Thrivent Butler County Chapter and MMC Land Management were major sponsors of the event.


(top): Race organizer Joella Baker (with bike) thanks the runners for supporting Passavant Retirement Community residents.

(middle): Passavant residents Lido Tataseo (l) and Audrey Rectenwald and family (r) start out on the one-mile walk.

(bottom): Passavant resident Lloyd Brenner proudly crosses the finish line.

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