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January 30, 2019
The Village at Orchard Ridge–A National Lutheran Community, announced today that it has been named Best Large Business of the Year by the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s mission unites team members, board members and volunteers alike, but the driving force behind care for older adults is ministry; the heart of National Lutheran Communities & Services (NLCS), The Village at Orchard Ridge’s parent organization. At The Village at Orchard Ridge, the aim is to express that ministry in every facet of work, supporting the mission of NLCS that began in 1890, to honor, inspire and support choice and opportunity in service to seniors. The team at The Village at Orchard Ridge is grateful and thankful for continued support in strengthening the core mission within the NLCS organization as a whole. The Village at Orchard Ridge’s most precious advocates are residents, team members and local businesses and vendors, which contribute to the greater good of the Winchester community.
The purpose of the Greater Good Awards is to celebrate outstanding individuals and businesses for contributions they make to the quality of life and economic stability of the region through genuine community commitment, dedication to excellence, and ethical and creative business practices.
The Village at Orchard Ridge’s mission to residents past, present and future has been reinforced with this recognition, strengthening commitment to serve residents and citizens of the Shenandoah Valley.
The Village at Orchard Ridge was honored at the Top of Virginia Regional Chamber of Commerce Greater Good Awards ceremony on Friday January 25, 2019, at the Clarion Inn in Winchester Virginia. Executive Director, Melissa Fortner accepted the award on behalf of The Village at Orchard Ridge. In her acceptance speech, Melissa gratefully acknowledged residents, community vendors and sponsors, as well as other local resources, without whom this award would not have been possible.
“I sincerely thank The Top of Virginia’s Regional Chamber for recognizing The Village at Orchard Ridge at a level that we can proudly hold up this award as a milestone achievement and mark of our continued growth and commitment to service and excellence within the greater Shenandoah Valley. I assure you that my team and I will continue to champion this accomplishment as a measure of continued success within our community. Thank you especially to our residents, team members, donors, sponsors and colleagues who have supported our mission over the course of the past five years. The best is yet to come! Thank you!”