He was unaware that a threat lurking in his body would alter the retirement plans he and his husband, Ken, had imagined. In July 2016, three months before we feted him with a retirement party, Tim was diagnosed with ALS. He kept this news in his family. He didn’t want his last days at Glenmeadow to feel awkward or uncomfortable for residents and team members.
With Tim in mind, this year residents chose the ALS Therapy Development Institute as the nonprofit to support with fundraising. We have set a goal to raise $15,000 in Tim’s honor, and we invite your support.
Each year, Glenmeadow residents choose a nonprofit to fund through charitable means, as they have a history of giving in their own lives. Founded by individuals in the late 1880s so that seniors without family or means would have an option to living at what was then called “the poor farm,” Glenmeadow itself also has a philanthropic mission.
“Inspired by Tim, residents have been fundraising through various events and calls for donations,” says Anne Miller, our assistant administrator. Anne explains that six events have been held thus far, and two additional gatherings are planned for the year. A bake sale will be held at Glenmeadow on Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and an art festival will be held Dec. 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Proceeds from these events will benefit ALS-TDI. Donations are also being accepted; to donate, visit www.classy.org/fundraiser/1032694 or send a check made out to ALS-TDI to Glenmeadow, 24 Tabor Crossing, Longmeadow, MA 01106.
Many individuals have made donations to ALS-TDI through our fundraiser already. In addition, the following organizations helped by providing gift cards and prizes that were used in raffles held at summer events: Arnold’s Meats; Belmont Laundry; Eastern States Exposition; Big Y; Comcast; Community Music School of Springfield; Delaney House; Eastside Grill; Flowers, Flowers; Golden Nozzle; Grapevine Pizzeria & Restaurant; Graziano Gardens; Harry Grodsky & Co. Inc.; House of Flowers; Kiddly Winks; Lattitude Restaurant; Mario’s Café Ambiance Secondo; Marshall Domestics; Mike’s Maze; Nails by Susan; Park Cleaners; Rinaldi’s Italian Specialties; Sayegh Jewelers; Shear Integrity Hair Design; Sixteen Acres Garden Center; A Simos & Co. Inc.; Springfield Museums; Stop & Shop; Michael Szwed Jewelers; Tucker’s Restaurant; US Foods; University of Massachusetts Fine Arts Center and University Club; Mr. Victor’s Salon; White’s; The Yellow Monkey; and The Zoo in Forest Park.
Our thanks to all who have supported these fundraising efforts. “Tim has a steadfast commitment to make ALS a disease of the past,” Anne says. “Our residents are honored to help him.”