Ash Wednesday also happened to be a day to celebrate the first anniversary of The Kensington Sierra Madre senior and assisted living facility.
In its first year the elegant center at 245 Sierra Madre Blvd has filled the multi-story residence to near-capacity with 100 clients.
Joyous residents and staff alike gathered together with members of three Chambers of Commerce — Arcadia, Pasadena and Sierra Madre — to cut the ribbon, with their first official resident taking control of the giant Arcadia Chamber scissors. Staff lined the staircase and, once the ribbon was cut, cheers erupted and the party continued.
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While the Kensington might have the stylish appeal of an upscale hotel, the loving care provided by the staff was evident in all the happy faces.
Guests enjoyed a wide array of food, including shrimp cocktail, beef carpaccio on cucumber slices and a cheese platter. A huge sheet cake with The Kensington’s signature K was the subject of many a photo, along with an ice sculpture in the bar area. A live band consisting of a piano, bass and tenor saxophone, had guests clapping and dancing.
Director of Community Outreach, Steve Sciurba led the festivities and spoke highly of the support of the city of Sierra Madre, while Julie Lacey, Director of Nursing, praised her staff, who gave her a rock star ovation and presented her with a signed puzzle of a photo of The Kensington itself. Always at their feet, Lacey’s therapy dog called Forest made sure everyone was keeping on track and giving him enough tasty snacks.
Many representatives of neighboring cities joined in the festivities. Arcadia Chamber CEO Scott Hettrick noted the impressive artwork and art studio, suggesting that they start their own Kensington Collection. He and Arcadia Chamber President-Elect Vicki Knight of Century Rooter Service & Plumbing presented Kensington officials with a certificate of recognition and a new member plaque. John Capoccia, Mayor of Sierra Madre, Pasadena Chamber President Paul Little, and a representative of the Sierra Madre Chamber also made presentations.
The Kensington boasts not only a beautiful location near downtown Sierra Madre, but it also has a spacious patio, movie room and an art studio overlooking the bustling downtown area. They also allow family and friends of the residents to come dine with their loved ones for free, a perk shared by few other senior living residences. The Kensington is designed to be home for seniors who are looking for independent living, assisted living and memory care services. The staff provides care beyond what a traditional assisted living community can deliver.