CARY, NC, January 25, 2014 /24-7PressRelease/ -- A standing-room-only crowd of more than 300 invited guests applauded vigorously as North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory spoke of the need to tap into the collective wisdom and experience of senior citizens to help the state continue to grow and prosper.
Gov. McCrory was the keynote speaker at a special Grand Opening and Official Ribbon Cutting for the SearStone continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Cary on Jan. 16. SearStone is the first CCRC to be licensed in North Carolina since 2008, and will employ about 300 staff when complete. The community welcomed its first residents on Nov. 1, 2013.
The evening began with complimentary valet parking at SearStone's Winston Clubhouse. Guests were ushered into the Grand Ballroom as a violinist serenaded them from a second-story balcony. Emcee Barbara Gibbs of ABC11 News welcomed the guests and introduced numerous VIPS in attendance, including N.C. Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin, N.C. Department of Natural Resources Secretary John Skvarla, State Sen. Tamara Barringer, State Rep. Tom Murry, former Cary Mayor Koka Booth, Cary Chamber President Howard Johnson, and Cary Chamber Chair Frank Shell.
Following a special dedication from Rev. John Nagle and address by SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick, SearStone President Stan Brading presented a check for more than $21,000 to Lutheran Services for the Aging.
In his keynote address, Gov. McCrory stressed the importance of being active in one's golden years and pointed to the example of his own mother who went back and earned her bachelor's and master's degrees.
SearStone founder Bill Sears choked up briefly in thanking the governor for coming to the event. "You don't know how much this means to me and my family," said Sears, who recounted the tale of how he wanted to turn the historic Sears Farm property into a retirement community where his parents could return to after being displaced by roadway expansion years earlier.
Guests were then escorted to a terrace that faces the soon-to-be-completed lake, where they were handed flutes of champagne. Commissioner Goodwin led the toast, and was joined by Gov. McCrory and Bill Sears for the official ribbon cutting.
Following the ceremony, guests enjoyed a lavish spread of heavy hors d'oeuvres, pasta, carved meat, vegetables, fruit and desserts that showcased the work of SearStone's expert kitchen staff.
"There really was a sense of community here this evening," added Romick. "From our first depositor to our newest hire, we all felt a sense of belonging and a commitment to continue fostering that welcoming environment at SearStone."
For more information about SearStone, visit http://www.searstone.com or call (919) 234-0400. Visit SearStone's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity or follow @SearStone on Twitter.
SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as home health care, assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times and is currently accepting deposits for membership. For more information, visit http://www.searstone.com, call (919) 234-0400 or attend one of our events.
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