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File photo outside Chelsea Retirement Community.

File photo outside Chelsea Retirement Community.

(Chelsea Update would like to thank Stephanie Van Koevering for the information in this story.)

The United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) Foundation recently announced that Tom and Debby McMullen of Ann Arbor have pledged a naming gift of $2.5 million in support of UMRC’s state-of-the-art health and wellness initiatives for residents.

The Tom and Debby McMullen Wellness and Aquatic Center is a major component of UMRC’s Master Plan for growth at Chelsea Retirement Community, its flagship campus, and will feature an all-accessible swimming pool, warm water therapeutic pool, fitness area with specially designed cardio and weight training equipment, walking track, and more.

Professionally trained clinical staff and therapists will create individually tailored fitness plans and activities to build and maintain strength and vitality in older adults.

A former swimmer himself, Tom McMullen and his wife are committed to health and fitness.  However, they say it is UMRC’s faith-based mission that led them to make this gift to the UMRC Foundation.

“We believe in the Christ-centered mission of UMRC and feel it matches our own beliefs and wishes to provide the best possible care for older adults,” says Tom, a UMRC Foundation Board member.  “Debby and I hope our lead gift will inspire others to give as well.”

“We are honored by the tremendous support of Tom and Debby McMullen,” says UMRC Foundation President Wendy Brightman. “Their transformational gift to name our future state-of-the-art wellness center will enable UMRC to offer health and wellness initiatives that will forever change the way seniors heal, rehabilitate, and enjoy their lives on our flagship Chelsea campus,”

The UMRC Foundation is the charitable arm for United Methodist Retirement Communities, with headquarters in Chelsea. Since its inception in 1998, the UMRC Foundation has provided over $15,000,000 through its Benevolent Care Fund to help UMRC residents remain in their homes when they outlive their resources. The mission of the UMRC Foundation is to promote the wellness, dignity, and independence of seniors by supporting UMRC residents, staff, and the communities UMRC serves.

Building on a foundation of more than 100 years of service, United Methodist Retirement Communities is a faith-based, non-profit organization that promotes the wellness, dignity and independence of older adults, by providing high quality, innovative and compassionate senior residential care services across Southeast Michigan. For more information, go to www.umrc.com or call 433-1000.

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