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SearStone Resident Fred DeJarnette Receives Award from NASA

March 18, 2015

Cary, N.C., March 17, 2015 – Fred DeJarnette, a SearStone resident and semi-retired professor at N.C. State University, has received a Commendation of Excellence Award from NASA for his great leadership and excellence in aeronautics and space exploration. Although the award was announced in January, U.S. Rep. David Price paid a special visit to SearStone on March 12 to officially recognize DeJarnette.

After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Georgia Tech in the 1950s, followed by a stint in the army, DeJarnette earned his Ph.D. from Virginia Tech in 1965 and worked as a civil service employee at NASA. He later joined the faculty at N.C. State’s Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, where he has taught for 45 years. 

Among his many accomplishments at the university, and while serving as a consultant to NASA, are working on the technology that was used for the Mars Exploration Rover Project, and doing the re-entry calculations for the space shuttle’s heat shield as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere. He has also prepared many students for careers at NASA. 

“It’s an honor to have Representative Price come by to congratulate me on this award,” said DeJarnette. “I’ve worked closely with him to lobby Congress for more funding for the space program, and I know he is a great advocate for technology and space advancements.” 

Fred DeJarnette’s work has led him around the world with his wife of 61 years, Nadene, but he is now happily settled in at SearStone. The couple has two daughters (one in Raleigh and one in Wilmington), two grandkids and one great-granddaughter.  

“The residents and staff of SearStone are extremely proud of Fred for receiving this award,” said Executive Director Chris Romick. “He and Nadene exemplify the accomplished and active seniors that make our community such a great place to live.”

SearStone Donates More than $300,000 to Local Charities

February 12, 2015

Cary, N.C., Feb. 12, 2015 – As part of its arrangement as a not-for-profit continuing care retirement community, SearStone contributes to local charities that benefit Wake County seniors in lieu of paying taxes. As written in its charter, SearStone is to use five percent of its gross revenue for community benefit. 

In 2014, the community donated more than $300,000 to nine local charities: 

The Carying Place

The Center for Volunteer Caregiving

Habitat for Humanity of Wake County

Meals on Wheels of Wake County

Resources for Seniors

Transitions LifeCare (formerly Hospice of Wake County)

Triangle Family Services

VOANS Senior CommUnity Care of North Carolina

Women’s Center of Wake County

In 2011, SearStone entered into an agreement with Lutheran Services Carolinas to obtain guidance on philanthropy, governance and operations. The two organizations formed the SearStone/Lutheran Services Carolinas Community Benefit Committee, which is responsible for vetting local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organizations that benefit seniors, especially indigent seniors, and making quarterly disbursements from the community benefit fund.

The Committee is presently comprised of SearStone resident Dave Wolf, SearStone Board President Stan Brading, LSC President Ted W. Goins, Jr., Grace Lutheran Church Pastor The Rev. Michael Fry, and North Carolina State Bar Executive Director and Secretary Tom Lunsford.

“One of our core philosophies at SearStone is to honor senior citizens and the people and organizations that serve them,” said Chris Romick, executive director. “We hope that these quarterly donations will help improve the lives of area seniors, and we’ve asked all recipients to provide a final report showing us how the money was spent.”

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

About SearStone

SearStone is a continuing care retirement community located at the southeast corner of High House Road and Davis Drive in Cary. The community is not-for-profit and offers several different home styles for independent residents 62 years and older. SearStone gives residents exclusive access to long-term-care services such as home health care, assisted living and nursing care. SearStone has been mentioned in numerous national publications such as The New York Times, and is currently accepting deposits for limited remaining membership. For more information, visit www.searstone.com, call 1-866-843-7534 or attend one of our events.

SearStone Seeking Nominations for Ageless Hero Awards

February 10, 2015

SearStone, a distinctively different continuing care retirement community in Cary, is partnering with Transitions Lifecare to create a new awards program to honor individuals and organizations that provide exemplary service, support and opportunities to Wake County seniors. Nominations are currently being sought for the first Ageless Hero Awards, to be presented at a special charity event on April 16. An awards committee comprised of local professionals and dignitaries will review all nominations and select the winners. Ageless Hero Awards will be presented in five categories:

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

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

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

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

"Sometimes it seems our culture does not properly acknowledge the true value and dignity of seniors and those who work to improve their lives," said Chris Romick, SearStone's executive director. "We hope in some small way the Ageless Hero Awards will properly recognize and celebrate the senior community in Wake County."

To nominate a person or organization for any of the Ageless Hero Awards, go to www.searstone.com/nominate-ageless-hero and submit an entry by March 6. Questions about the awards program may be addressed to mlamphere@searstone.com.

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


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