Special Dedication Ceremony Held for New Passavant Community Gardens

Published: Monday, June 12, 2017

The blue skies and sunshine were the perfect backdrop for the many residents, friends, supporters and staff at Passavant Community who attended the garden dedication on June 9.

Groundbreaking for the gardens began a year ago, and the property has since been transformed into an oasis for those who live on campus and their families. Thanks to the generous donations of many, everyone can now enjoy the walkways through two separate gardens, a large and small pergola, a gazebo, water fountains and a koi pond in the South Garden. In addition to the relaxation spaces, all can enjoy the bocce ball court, horseshoe pit and shuffleboard in the North Garden.

Jane Bittcher, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation, thanked everyone for their support of the project. A special thank you was given to John Harmon, Ken Spruill and Kate Byrne of the George H. Campbell, Lillian S. Campbell and Mary S. Campbell Foundation for the generous donation that jump-started the campaign.

Passavant Community resident Pr. Susie Esseck delivered a special tribute to Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Community, on behalf of a family member who once lived on campus and dedicated a special rock in her honor.

Roy recognized many of the donors, as she reflected on the beauty and peacefulness of the gardens. “As we dedicate the Bittcher Game Garden (North Garden) and the Alice Osborne (South) Garden, my prayer is that all who walk through it linger in it and will be renewed, strengthened, filled with laughter and encouraged with hope,” Roy said.

Rev. Kurt Kusserow, Bishop of the Southwestern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America then blessed the gardens.

A picnic lunch was held in the gardens following the ceremony.

Pictured above (L to R) Laura Roy, executive director of Passavant Community; Rev. Kurt Kusserow, Bishop of the Southwestern Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; John Harmon of the George H., Lillian S. and Mary S. Campbell Foundation; Jane Bittcher, president of the Lutheran SeniorLife Foundation; Pr. Susie Esseck, Passavant Community resident.

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