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September 23, 2021
Awards ceremony will be held October 14 at the historic George Washington Hotel in Winchester, Virginia
The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community unveiled the nominees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards in a ceremony on September 16 held at The Chapel at Orchard Ridge, A Center for Faith and Community Life.
Preceding the nominee announcement, team members from The Village at Orchard Ridge and its parent organization, National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS) addressed the audience, explaining why this awards program is a needed asset to the Winchester community. Sales Director and Event Chair Rebecca Lipscomb opened the ceremony with a poignant remark on aging: "Impact is ageless. That is a really powerful phrase. The Village at Orchard Ridge and National Lutheran Communities & Services understand that and believe in our hearts that impact is ageless. Our nominees are living, breathing examples of that and that is why we are here.”
Orchard Ridge’s Executive Director John Loop stated “There is an all too common belief that when one ages, the ability to make meaningful contributions in our society declines. This is simply not the case, and it is demonstrated daily at The Village at Orchard Ridge and within our greater community. We are passionate about dismantling the myths about aging in our society and producing a new dialogue about older adults’ capabilities and opportunities regardless of age.”
NLCS’ Chief Operating Officer Regina Figueroa added, “NLCS is pleased to support the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards because they demonstrate advocacy and thought leadership in action, core values to all of us. We live these values by empowering our team members to identify challenges or barriers facing those we serve. We then empower and support our team members in developing creative solutions and programs such as the Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards to overcome or bring awareness to those challenges for the greater good of all older adults.”
The Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards are open to all older adults in Winchester, Frederick and Clarke Counties. Award categories align with seven areas of wellness and successful aging: intellectual growth, fitness and health, social and community involvement, spiritual expression, creative engagement, environmental awareness and vocational connectivity.
The nominees for the 2021 Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards are:
Read more about our nominees here.
On October 14, the final awardees will be announced at a ticketed luncheon at The George Washington Hotel in downtown Winchester. Tickets can be purchased online at here.