Wesley’s Golden Age

50th Anniversary Marked By Commemorative Book Release, Video Documentary Previewed, and Collective Memories Shared

Attendees were asked to raise their hand if they had a connection to The Wesley Community during its First Half-Century – be they a resident, caregiver, benefactor, or relative. In short order, everyone had their hand raised. Photos by Jessica Troisi and Jill Perkins.

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SARATOGA SPRINGS – Warm hearts, (mostly) full glasses and memories galore were all on the menu at The Saratoga Springs City Center, on Tuesday, September 20, at a special 50th Anniversary celebration dinner. Members of the Wesley Community from the past, present and yes, future gathered on the exact date Wesley opened its doors to the community a half-century ago.

Highlights of the evening included remarks and anecdotes from “Cornerstone” individuals who played an integral role in The Wesley Community’s rich history and present success. These included remarks by William P. Dake, Clifford Van Wagner, Adirondack Trust Company President and CEO Charles V. Wait, Jr. (Presenting Sponsor), Executive Director of The Wesley Foundation Katelynn Ethier and Wesley Community CEO J. Brian Nealon.

The occasion was also an opportunity to get a first look at a soon-to-be released commemorative book and video that chronicle the journey. The book was co-authored by Field Horne and Greg Dixon with design provided by David Clark Perry. You may reserve your own copy of the commemorative book, and also a companion DVD, by visiting this PAGE.

Highlights of the video, produced by LOOK Media’s Jesse Jackson, Dayna Peck and Jack Hojohn, were played on this evening, in advance of screening the entire commemorative 50th Anniversary documentary on Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at the SUNY Adirondack – Wilton Campus. IMPORTANT NOTE: Viewings will take place at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. and are free to attend and open to the public but only WITH advanced reservations. To reserve your seat, please email Foundation@thewesleycommunity.org or call 518-691-1420.

In the meantime, please enjoy this gallery, which captured the warm spirit of this evening.

Gallery: Celebrating Wesley’s Half-Century of Compassionate Care

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