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Cary Mayor to Give State of the Town Address at SearStone

June 02, 2014

Cary, N.C., June 2, 2014 Harold Weinbrecht will present a State of the Town address on Tuesday, June 17 at 5 p.m. at SearStone, North Carolina's newest continuing care retirement community. SearStone's Winston Clubhouse is located at 17001 SearStone Drive in Cary.

The general public is invited to hear the mayor discuss current Town activities and initiatives. In addition to discussing the current state of affairs and what’s on the horizon for Cary, Mayor Weinbrecht will provide updates on the Cary Arts Center, The Cary Theater, the “Cary On” economic branding initiative, and other civic issues.

Following Mayor Weinbrecht's presentation in the Grand Ballroom, SearStone will host an art open house in its Grand Hall until 8 p.m. featuring members of the Fine Arts League of Cary.

Originally from Augusta, Ga., mayor Weinbrecht lived in Cary as a child from 1957 to 1967 and returned to the Town in 1987. Following three terms on the Town Council, he was elected mayor in 2007. Mayor Weinbrecht works at SAS in Cary and volunteers annually at the prestigious Masters Tournament in Augusta.

We are very pleased to be hosting the mayor for this public address,” said Chris Romick, SearStone's executive director. When SearStone was envisioned, this is exactly the type of public event we wanted to host, one that brings all members of our community together.

To RSVP for the mayor's State of the Town address and art open house, please call 866-261-1814. Additional information is available at www.searstone.com/events-cary-north-carolina.

For more information about SearStone, visit www.searstone.com​. Visit SearStone's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity or follow @SearStone on Twitter.


Doors Wide Open

May 01, 2014

It is fitting that in Cary Magazine's 10th anniversary year we revisit the story of SearStone. Looking back through the magazine's archives, a feature in January/February 2006 first introduced the planned retirement community to Cary Magazine readers. At that time SearStone comprised renderings, plans and the vision of Bill Sears.

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Gov. McCrory Gives Keynote at SearStone Grand Opening

January 23, 2014

CARY, N.C., Jan 23, 2014 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 SearStone, a 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 ones golden years and pointed to the example of his own mother who went back and earned her bachelors and masters 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 doeuvres, 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 www.searstone.com or call (919) 234-0400. Visit SearStone's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/SearStoneRetirementCommunity or follow @SearStone on Twitter.


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