Brandon Wilde resident Stella Grandin recently gave a gift to the Evans retirement community that will keep on giving for years to come.
During the company's 20th anniversary celebration Friday, Brandon Wilde president and CEO Richard Kisner announced Grandin's donation.
The contribution, which Kisner didn't disclose to the large crowd, was $1 million.
"Brandon Wilde's philosophy is to be the best you can be," said Grandin, who has lived at Brandon Wilde since 2008. "With this gift, I'm trying to help Brandon Wilde be the retirement community it can be."
Grandin's parents, Alex-ander and Ruth Windsor, were among the first residents of Brandon Wilde when it opened in 1990.
"It's such a nice community of people," Grandin said. "It just seemed right for me to be here after all the time my parents spent here.
"To me, it's a wonderful place to live."
Kisner said he was ap-proached about the donation by Grandin, who inquired about the needs of Brandon Wilde residents. As a result, plans to create a state-of-the art facility for seniors with Alzheimer's disease and dementia were made into a reality.
"We were ecstatic," he said. "Without this type of support, it would have been many years before we were able to fulfill this dream."
The Windsor House, named after Grandin's parents, will offer a small community setting that allows dementia patients to maintain some level of routine and resume living rich and fulfilled lives to the best of their ability, Kisner said.
Kisner hopes the facility will be complete in two to three years.
"I really wanted to do something in memory of my parents, and this just seems like a cause they would support," Grandin said. "Alzheimer's and dementia support seems like something the community needs, and I felt Brandon Wilde would be a great place for that care."
Columbia County Commissioner Ron Thigpen presented Brandon Wilde executives with a proclamation commemorating the retirement community's 20th anniversary.
"The Columbia County Commission is very proud and honored that Brandon Wilde did choose to become a part of Columbia County," he said.
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