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The Village at Orchard Ridge Awards First-Ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards

November 14, 2019

The Village at Orchard Ridge—A National Lutheran Community presented the first-ever Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards on Thursday, November 7, 2019 at a ticketed luncheon held at The George Washington Hotel in Winchester. Created by The Village at Orchard Ridge, the program is the first of its kind in the greater Winchester area and highlights ongoing achievements by older adults in seven award categories. The winners for each category are:

  • Intellectual Growth, Vicky Edwards
  • Fitness and Health, Joseph Young
  • Social and Community Involvement, James R. Wilkins, Jr.
  • Spiritual Expression, Rev. Dr. Diedra Kriewald
  • Creative Engagement, Jacquetta Owen
  • Environmental Awareness, Doug Butler
  • Vocational Connectivity, John Tyson

“This is the first time our community has launched an awards program of this magnitude. Our purpose is to foster an awareness that impact truly is ageless and that seniors are making significant contributions to their communities and fellow man,” said Rebecca Lipscomb, sales director at Orchard Ridge and chair of the Stellar 7 Over 70 executive committee.

Notable leaders in the senior living industry came to support the event including Larry Minnix, past president and CEO of LeadingAge, Melissa Andrews, president of LeadingAge Virginia, and Larry Bradshaw, president and CEO of National Lutheran Communities & Services. Minnix served as the keynote speaker on the topic of successful aging.

“Shining a spotlight on the contributions the Stellar 7 Over 70 nominees are making in their communities is an important first step in fighting ageism,” says Melissa Fortner, executive director at The Village at Orchard Ridge. “Since combatting ageism is central to our mission, it’s a huge honor to be able to share our nominees’ stories,” Fortner adds.

Volunteers from the local Winchester, Frederick County and Clarke County communities as well as residents and staff of The Village at Orchard Ridge served in various capacities of the executive committee to make the launch of the awards program a success. The Stellar 7 Over 70 Award categories align with seven dimensions of wellness, which promote engagement and successful aging.

To learn more about every nominees, the winners and their contributions to the community, visit:

Plans are underway for the second annual Stellar 7 Over 70 Awards in 2020.


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