Two recent events at the Farrell Foundation

Farrell Foundation volunteer Peggy Deierhoi was honored with a 98th birthday celebration.

Westlake's Farrell Foundation recently celebrated a 98-year-old volunteer and the expansion of its sensory garden.

The foundation held a celebration for a very special volunteer, Peggy Deierhoi, on her recent 98th birthday. 

“Peggy has been a volunteer at the foundation’s Center for Artful Living for six years, ever since a friend and board member, Gretty Meyers, introduced her to our mission and goals," said Executive Director Jerry Devis.

“Peggy immediately brought her sincerity, care, and warmth to our weekly programs," Devis continued. "She comfortably interacts with each of our participants and their care partners in a kind and gentle manner. Everyone appreciates her smile, grace, and charm. We are so grateful to Peggy and to our other wonderful and caring volunteers and professionals who serve in our enrichment and wellness programs, and in our support groups.”

In response to the celebration, Deierhoi said, “I am so touched. I can’t find the right words to thank you for your thoughtfulness, kindness and generosity. I have been so moved by all the love and planning for my birthday and look forward to continuing to be a part of the loving environment you create at Farrell. “

What a tremendous inspiration Peggy Deierhoi is to all who meet or interact with her! 

To bring summer to life, recently a wonderful team gathered in the front of the foundation’s Center for Artful Living to plant flowers, herbs, and vegetables in raised beds on the deck and in the expanded Sensory Garden. The garden also includes hand-created art and rocks as well as seating areas. The garden delights all of the human senses: sight, smell, taste, touch, and sound, and is available for anyone to enjoy any time.

Special thanks to the Westlake-Bay Village Rotary members, plus foundation board members, staff, and volunteers, as well as participants, who all pitched in to make the space a beautiful reality to enjoy all summer and in other seasons.

Gail Norris

volunteer in communications for the Carolyn L. Farrell Foundation

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Volume 15, Issue 16, Posted 9:14 AM, 09.06.2023