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SearStone Hosting International Best-Selling Author Diane Chamberlain Public Invited to Oct. 24 Book Reading at Winston Clubhouse

September 21, 2016

Cary, N.C., Sept. 21, 2016 – Diane Chamberlain, international best-selling author of 24 novels, will hold a book reading and signing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 10 a.m. at the Winston Clubhouse in the SearStone retirement community. The Clubhouse is located at 17001 SearStone Drive in Cary. Chamberlain’s books will be available on-site for purchase from Barnes & Noble.

Chamberlain will be reading from her most recent novel, “Pretending to Dance,” which is set in San Diego and Swannanoa, North Carolina. The story concerns a woman who tries to hide her North Carolina childhood as she tries to adopt a baby. RT Reviews wrote, “A book rich in relatable characters and moving scenes, this stunning tale will linger with readers long after the last page.”

Originally from New Jersey, Chamberlain visited North Carolina for the first time in 1983 and purchased a vacation cottage in Duck a few years later. She relocated to Raleigh in 2005 and now splits her time between the capital city and Topsail Island, the setting for two of her books.

Chamberlain received her master’s degree in social work from San Diego State University and worked as a hospital social worker and psychotherapist prior to becoming an author. Her background in psychology and her work in hospitals have given her a keen interest in understanding the way people tick, as well as the background necessary to create real, living, breathing characters.

“We are delighted to host Diane Chamberlain as part of our continuing efforts to serve as a cultural resource for area seniors and the entire Cary community,” said SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick. “We’ve held concerts, art shows, craft fairs and book signings in the past, and will continue to promote an active and engaging lifestyle.”

The public is invited to this free event, and is encouraged to RSVP at www.searstone.com/events-cary-north-carolina or by calling 919-234-5139. Refreshments will be provided.

For more information on Diane Chamberlain, visit http://dianechamberlain.com/. For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity.

SearStone Announces Winners of Second Annual Ageless Hero Awards Honoring individuals and organizations that support Wake County seniors

April 28, 2016

Cary, N.C., April 28, 2016 – Last year the SearStone continuing care retirement community launched a new awards program to honor individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service, support and opportunities to Wake County seniors. After soliciting and reviewing nominations, SearStone is pleased to announce the winners of the Second Annual Ageless Hero Awards. 

The winners will be celebrated at a special gala Awards Banquet May 17 from 5-9 p.m. emceed by UNC-TV Reporter/Producer Julia Carpenter and featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Gale Adcock, N.C. House of Representatives. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 1-866-843-7534 or by completing the ticket order form at http://bit.ly/1Lr5eiZ. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship for the Student of the Year winner. 

Ageless Hero Student of the Year: Unika Boyce-Cooley

At age 13 Boyce-Cooley began volunteering at Preston Pointe to hand out the weekly media news, call Bingo games, and interview new residents for the monthly newsletter. Residents and staff enjoyed her presence so much that she was offered a job when she turned 17. 

Ageless Hero of the Year (55+): Jeanette Lee

As a hair stylist for over 40 years, Lee is attentive to the needs of seniors and routinely visits homebound patients to do their hair. She has also styled hair at senior living centers in Cary, and has helped customers with hair loss select wigs, which she then cuts and styles for them.

Ageless Hero Business of the Year: Silver Connections  

Silver Connections is an organization that supports people 55 and over with unique local events, travel opportunities, nourishing a sense of community, and personalized service. Owner Laura Kay House started the organization nine years ago to help connect seniors who might otherwise feel isolated from other seniors.

Ageless Hero Person of the Year: Brian Blum

Blum is the volunteer organizer for Memory Café, a collaborative project among five local Rotary Clubs that provides a safe and welcoming place for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia and their caregivers. He coordinates the event with the support of Alzheimer’s NC and the Town of Cary.

Ageless Hero Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. William Dunlap

Dr. Dunlap is a retired specialist in oncology and internal medicine with The Raleigh Medical Group, but continues to deliver care to older adults at the Oaks of Mayview skilled nursing facility. As a community leader and volunteer, he founded Hospice of Wake County in 1979 with a firm conviction that no person would be turned away regardless of ability to pay. Dr. Dunlap remains on the board of the organization, now known as Transitions LifeCare.

“We received more outstanding nominations this year than when we launched the awards last year, and I know our Selection Committee was faced with very difficult decisions,” said SearStone Executive Director Chris Romick. “On behalf of the staff, residents, families and friends of SearStone, I congratulate all of our deserving winners.”

The Selection Committee was comprised of David Wolf, SearStone resident; Cooper Linton, Transitions LifeCare; Delancy Carroll, Cary Chamber of Commerce; Jody Jameson, Cary Senior Center; Jim Trull, Keystone Financial; and Rev. George Adamik, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity

SearStone Seeking Nominations for 2nd Annual Ageless Hero Awards Submit by April 17 to recognize exemplary service to seniors

March 01, 2016

Cary, N.C., March 1, 2016 – According to a recent report by Forbes, the Raleigh-Cary Metro area has the second fastest-growing senior population in America. Perhaps one of the reasons why is because Wake County is full of caring individuals, businesses and organizations that support seniors.

The SearStone retirement community is currently seeking nominations for its second annual Ageless Hero Awards honoring individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service, support and opportunities to Wake County seniors. Nominations will be accepted through April 17 via www.searstone.com/hero.

Nomination forms can also be picked up from SearStone’s Winston Clubhouse, located at 17001 SearStone Drive in Cary. Questions about the awards program should be addressed to info@searstone.com.

Winners will be announced at a special gala Awards Banquet May 17 from 5-9 p.m. emceed by UNC-TV Reporter/Producer Julia Carpenter and featuring a keynote address from the Honorable Gale Adcock,  N.C. House of Representatives. Tickets are $40 and are available by calling 1-866-843-7534 or by completing the ticket order form at http://bit.ly/1Lr5eiZ. Proceeds will go toward a scholarship for the Student of the Year winner.

Ageless Hero Awards will be presented in five categories:

Ageless Hero of the Year – An individual (age 55+) who has made an indelible mark on our community

Ageless Hero Student of the Year – A middle- or high-school-age student who has improved the lives of Wake County seniors

Ageless Hero Business of the Year – An organization that is not primarily senior-focused but that has made outstanding contributions to area seniors

Ageless Hero Person of the Year – Individual of any age who has made exemplary contributions to area seniors

Ageless Hero Lifetime Achievement Award – An individual or business that has made long-term contributions to area seniors

The Selection Committee for this year’s Ageless Hero Awards includes David Wolf, SearStone resident; Cooper Linton, Transitions LifeCare; Delancy Carroll, Cary Chamber of Commerce; Jody Jameson, Cary Senior Center; Jim Trull, Keystone Financial; and Rev. George Adamik, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

“Our inaugural Ageless Hero Awards program last year was very successful,” said Chris Romick, SearStone’s executive director. “We hope to build momentum and make this the most prestigious senior-related awards program in Wake County. We encourage everyone to nominate worthy candidates.”

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity