Left to right: Todd Swortzel, president and CEO of Presbyterian Homes, Presbyterian Homes’ Woman’s Board President Hannah McInnis and Neele E. Stearns, Jr, chair of the Presbyterian Homes Board of Directors.Photo by Mike Kelly

Last month, The Woman’s Board of Presbyterian Homes celebrated its centennial with special receptions attended by Board members, residents and executive management of Presbyterian Homes at Westminster Place.

In honor of this milestone anniversary, The Woman’s Board presented several gifts for Westminster Place to Todd Swortzel, president and CEO of Presbyterian Homes and Neele E. Stearns, Jr., chair of the board of directors of Presbyterian Homes. Among the gifts was a financial contribution to the Geneva Foundation Fellowship Fund, a benevolent fund that protects residents who face challenging financial times. Other gifts included adding automatic doors at the exterior entrance of Elliott Chapel and installing T-Coil Hearing loop systems in community rooms–Elliott Chapel, Elliott Hall, and Caldwell Assembly Hall, which magnetically transmit sound to hearing aids and improves the listening experience for those with auditory impairments.  

“The Woman’s Board is so proud to celebrate 100 years of caring service,” said Woman’s Board President Hannah McInnis. “We are equally proud to present these centennial gifts which represent our continuing dedication and commitment to improving the quality of life for older adults at Presbyterian Homes,” she added
A final gift was a bronze relief work of art commemorating the Board’s 100 years of service. Designed by sculptor Fran Volz of Arlington Heights, the relief depicts a pair of woman’s hands holding the hands of an older adult.

“The Woman’s Board has been at the heart of Presbyterian Homes since the organization began,” said Mr. Swortzel. “We are deeply grateful for The Woman’s Board, for these centennial gifts and for The Board’s tireless role of service, fundraising and participation in the lives of our residents,” he added.