Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Resident's wish granted at Shelton community

'Journey of Dreams' program brings smiles

Crosby Commons resident Hank Gambaccini, right, is all smiles as he poses with fellow resident Marion Prescott and Hawaiian dancers from Dancin’ in the City during a special "trip to Hawaii" celebration. The event was part of the community’s Journey of Dreams program. / Contributed photo

SHELTON - Though Hank Gambaccini has made his home at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community for the past nine years, he has always dreamed of visiting Hawaii again. Gambaccini was stationed in Hawaii for some time while he was in the Armed Forces and fell in love with the island but was never able to return. After sharing his dream with Crosby staff, he was surprised with a special day to make his dream come true.

As part of the community’s Journey of Dreams program, staff and residents took “a trip to Hawaii” Tuesday with Gambaccini.
The community hosted a luau celebration, with a special Hawaiian meal featuring a traditional roast pig prepared by the Crosby Commons Dining Services team, a chocolate dipping station, and a tiki bar with tropical drinks. 
Hawaiian dancers from Dancin’ in the City brought along the sounds and rhythms of the islands with a hula dance performance and to complete the experience, Hank, 94,was presented with a palm tree trophy and a certificate for a complimentary plane ride over the Valley.
“Hawaii brings back lovely memories,” he said. “Everything was very, very nice.”

Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community is located on the Wesley Village Campus in Shelton.
The award-winning “Journey of Dreams” program was created on the campus to offer opportunities for personal growth and fulfillment of individual dreams.
To learn more about Crosby Commons or other dreams that have been fulfilled for residents, visit or call 203-225-5000.

This is a press release from United Methodist Homes.

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