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Emerald Business After 5

Emerald Business After 5
February 17, 2017 Leslie Teal

Emerald Retirement Residence hosted Niagara Chamber of Commerce Business After Five last night.

Yesterday was like any other day at the Emerald Retirement Residence.  People were visiting, staff were working, residents were busy and everyone was in a great mood.

Shortly after lunch things started to change.  Portable bars full of beverages were wheeled into the lobby.  Extra staff came in to help.  Cocktail tables and fancy linens were set up.  A beautiful chocolate fountain appeared with fruit and goodies for dipping.  The smell of tasty treats from the kitchen was incredible!

It got dark outside with snow clouds rolling in.  It seemed as though the weather was going to ruin our event.  We began to worry about wasting all the amazing appetizers the chef had prepared.  What would happen if nobody showed up to our first Business After Five for the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce?

Without fail the members of the business community in Niagara Falls did not disappoint us.  There were at least 60 members who came out to network inside our active seniors’ residence.  Event organizers Jane Widdicombe and Linda Upham were very pleased with the turnout.

These lucky residents were treated to a special meal and spent a little longer time in the Dining Room.  Some were excited to mingle with our new guests and others preferred to stick with their daily routine.

We all had a chance to network and chat with people we had not met along with some of our good friends and acquaintances.  Besides trading business cards, we also shared wine and laughter. There were prizes and presentations.

John Lally (on behalf of the owners) was proud to receive a plaque from the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce.  He wasn’t shy about accepting this award.  In fact, he shared with us just how proud he was of what Emerald Retirement Residence has achieved in just one year.  John told the group of his commitment to community involvement.

He listed the many events that were attended and or sponsored by Emerald Retirement Residence.  Some of those included: Heart & Stroke Big Bike Ride, Rankin Cancer Run, Niagara Falls Santa Claus Parade, Make a Wish Foundation, One Foundation, Steve Ludzyk’s Annual Roast for Shaver Hospital and Project Share Christmas Toy Drive.

He gave thanks to the Chamber of Commerce, our local dignitaries and the terrific team at Emerald for their continued support and efforts in making Emerald Retirement Residence look so amazing.