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The Chesapeake is turning 50!

The Chesapeake Retirement Community turns 50 this year! For any organization, 50 years is a remarkable feature. The Chesapeake Senior Living will mark this very special milestone with a number of events for the entire community.

Under the leadership of Liz Gee, The Chesapeake’s marketing director, a fiftieth hospitality committee began meeting in January to develop plans for the month-long celebration, which includes a number of events, gifts and even a poetry contest, said David Loop, The Chesapeake’s executive director.

The festivities will begin Sept. 19 with a resident gala, complete with red carpet, entertainment, and plenty of great food and drink, Loop said. Sept. 24 will feature a second gala for residents in assisted living and health care.

A Sept. 26 town hall will unveil the fiftieth anniversary video. This event will include a performance of songs from 1969-2019 by The Chesapeake’s chorus, and the winner of the poetry contest will be announced, Loop said.

On Oct. 9, The Chesapeake will host an outdoor, invitation-only community event for Chesapeake Club members, Board members, government officials and others. The final event will take place Oct. 23 for The Chesapeake’s team members.  

“Throughout The Chesapeake’s fifty years of service in the Hampton Roads area, The Chesapeake team has sought to provide compassionate care in a faith-based environment every single day,” Loop said. “I am excited for the opportunity to celebrate this remarkable milestone.”

The Chesapeake’s fiftieth hospitality committee included residents Jesse Hughes, Phyllis Baker, Susan Cowling, and Ginger Stay and team members Shannon Smith, Susan LaFrance, Liz Gee, and David Loop.