On Friday, Oct. 25, Amberleigh Retirement Community in Williamsville celebrated its 25th anniversary as an independent retirement community in Western New York.
A "Champagne Open House "was held with live entertainment, refreshments and tours. Special honored guests in attendance at the festivities included Assemblyman Ray Walter, firefighter Robert Hart (representing the East Amherst Fire Department), Amherst Supervisor Dr. Barry Weinstein, Chief John Askey from the Amherst Police Department, Amherst Councilmember Steven Sander and State Sen. Michael Ranzenhofer's representative, Rachel Koremski. In addition, several hundred guests stopped by the community to celebrate this milestone with Amberleigh's residents and staff.
Proclamations from the offices of Weinstein, Ranzenhofer and Walters were read and presented to Amberleigh Retirement Community's Executive Director Margaret Kleinmann. She presented awards to the East Amherst Fire Department and the Amherst Police Department for their dedication and superior service to the residents of Amberleigh over the past 25 years.
Kleinmann paid tribute to three particular residents of the community in attendance during her address: Jean Townsend, Elena Fuller and Ruth Bullions, who have lived at Amberleigh for 17, 16 and 14 years, respectively.
"These residents chose to make Amberleigh their home many years ago, and their longevity here as residents is a testimony to the wonderful life our community and staff have provided to them over all of those years," " Kleinmann said.
A four-hour limo ride donated by Aces Limousine and a head-to-toe spa package donated by Excuria Salon and Spa, both of Williamsville, were given away during the anniversary event.