~Patty Cline, Director of Major Gifts, Liberty Lutheran
At Paul’s Run, Liberty’s senior living community in Northeast Philadelphia, I am wowed by the special people that I meet and their rich stories of life – of families, faith, good times and times of sorrow – of careers, second careers, hobbies and passions.
Nothing is more real than hearing how someone survived the Holocaust, or the mystery of unexplained miracles that come when all hope is lost. Nothing is more moving than witnessing the love of friends and families who go above and beyond, because life has meaning through their love for one another.
Last year Paul’s Run recognized our residents, both past and present, with an event we call the Celebration of Life. And while we celebrate life here everyday, this event allowed us to pause from the everyday and say – “this day is special, you are special, and we honor you today.”
This year the Celebration of Life is June 15 at 6 p.m. in the Secret Garden at Paul’s Run. In addition to light hors d‘oeuvres, entertainment, and a slideshow of pictures from the past year, we celebrate one of our resident artists, Edna Wilkinson.
Edna and her husband Stanley enjoyed refurbishing and showing antique cars while raising two wonderful children, Ruthie and Randy. Along the way, Edna developed a passion for painting and began taking lessons in watercolor.
When you visit Edna’s apartment, you feel as if you have entered a gallery of breath taking landscapes depicting scenes of Edna’s life and travels. On one wall, you’ll see the warm, inviting home where Stanley and she raised their children. You’ll find fruit stands of the local market. On another wall, you’ll see roof tops from a neighborhood in Wales and Mexico.
And you’ll find lots of doorways and entrances, a favorite of Edna’s. I think these are a favorite because they reflect her personality. Edna is always welcoming and engaging, inviting others into her life. We are honored to have her here and privileged in that she has chosen to share her paintings to help others at Paul’s Run.
Thanks to Edna, Paul’s Run will feature ten of her paintings on note cards. Boxed sets of the note cards will be sold, with proceeds benefiting our Fellowship Fund, allowing residents who outlive their resources to remain at Paul’s Run.