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Springfield Visionaries to be Honored

Twenty years ago, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing opened its doors to older adults. That promising beginning was the result of a vision shared by leaders from Baystate Health and Springfield College who were intent on building a first-of-its-kind retirement community in Springfield. They assembled a group of leaders who planned and built a community that uniquely hosts independent living, assisted living and a skilled nursing center all under the same roof on a wooded lakeside campus.

On May 21, The Loomis Communities will honor the founding Board of Directors of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing with the Elvira Whiting Ball Award. The award is presented annually to an individual or group for outstanding service to older adults who personify the spirit of Loomis’ founding leader, Elvira Whiting Ball. There is no better way to honor the founders of Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing than with an award named after another visionary leader, Elvira Whiting Ball.

Elvira Whiting Ball the founding leader of The Loomis Communities who, over 100 years ago, with a group of Holyoke women decided to provide older adults a place to live “exempt from strife.” When there was no Social Security or long-term care insurance, they raised funds for construction of a home for older adults who could not afford private care. In the fall of 1911, the first residents moved to the home on Loomis Avenue in Holyoke, beautiful within and out, dedicated to their comfort and happiness.

The Elvira Whiting Ball Award is presented to an individual or group that has advanced the mission of The Loomis Communities and personifies the spirit of our founder.

Please join us at Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing on Thursday, May 21, at 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the community’s two decades of service to older adults and to honor these leaders, their vision and the vibrant retirement community they created. $35 per person reservation benefits The Loomis Communities Nursing Centers at Loomis House and Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing. For details contact Carol Constant, Director of Community Engagement,, 413-532-5325

Being Honored with the Elvira Whiting Ball Award:

  • Mr. Carl Breyer*
  • Dr. Randolph Bromery*
  • Mr. Michael Daly
  • Mr. Bruce Dewey
  • Mr. Jack Dill
  • Dr. Richard Flynn
  • Mr. John Gallup
  • Ms. Barbara Jefferson
  • Mr. Ronn Johnson
  • Mr. George Kuselias
  • Dr. David Longworth
  • Mr. John Mailhot
  • Mr. John Mann*
  • Mr. Keith McLean-Shinaman
  • Mr. Anthony Mott
  • Dr. Jill Russell
  • Mr. Scott Stearns, Jr.
  • Mr. J. Michael Wallace
  • Dr. Stephen Wittenberg


L-R Dr. Stephen Wittenberg, Mr. Keith McLean-Shinaman, Mr. Scott Stearns, Mr. Jack Dill, Mr. Anthony Mott, Mr. Ronn Johnson, Mr. John Gallup

Thank you to our Business Sponsors!


Benefactor Sponsors - $5,000 +

Sustaining Sponsors - $2,500 - $4,9999

Patron Sponsors - $1,500 - $2,499

Platinum Sponsors - $1,000 - $1.499

Specialized Construction

Gold Sponsors - $500 - $999

Aladco Linens
Atlantic Charter Insurance
Beers & Story Funeral Home
Bert Hill Moving and Storage
Dr. Charles Hines
Healey and Associates, General Contractors
Herbert J. Sims & Company
Holyoke Gas & Electric
Mercier Carpet Service
Paul Robbins Associates
Tighe & Bond

Silver Sponsors - $250 - $499

Altus Dental
Associated Flooring
B-G Mechanical Service
Burkhart, Pizzanelli
Clay & Associates
Geriatric Medical & Supply
Innovative Business Systems
Life Supply Corp
Messier and Brunelle Funeral Homes
Miracle Method
Northern Tree Service
Pancione Painting Company
Springfield College
Springfield Electrical Company
Summerlin Floors
T.P. Sampson Funeral Chapels
Whiting Energy Fuels
Whittlesey and Hadley

Bronze Sponsors - $150 - $249

Adam Quenneville Roofing & Siding
Advanced Answers on Demand
B & G Restaurant Supply
Belmont Laundry
Chicopee Savings Bank
Fire Detection Systems
Industrial Residential Security
Marketing Solutions Unlimited
North Beach Creative
Poehlman Electric
T. J. Conway Company
UTCA Unemployment Tax Control

Sponsors - Up to $149

A.V. Powell & Associates
Brodeur-Campbell Fence Company
Holyoke Credit Union
Phoenix Textile Corporation
Wattsaver Lighting

In-Kind Support

Aladco Linen Services
Carey’s Flowers
Liquors 44
Sodexo Senior Services

Prior recipients

  • 2002 Clarke S. Lyon
  • 2003 1981 Loomis’ Board of Directors
  • 2004 Lawrence R. Gonneville
  • 2005 Joan C. Steiger
  • 2006 Gwendolyn Glass
  • 2007 Bruce A. Yarber
  • 2008 Founding Directors of Applewood
  • 2009 Esmat Ezzat
  • 2010 Maria Burgee Dwight
  • 2011 Jeanne and Robert Potash, Lita and Ken Seyffer
  • 2012 Students of the Blessed Sacrament Intergenerational Program
  • 2013 Thomas R. Pratt
  • 2014 Kathy Bowler

About The Loomis Communities:

The Loomis Communities has been a visionary in exceptional senior living throughout the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts. It was the first organization in the state to open a continuing care retirement community.

With a mission of enriching the lives of older adults, The Loomis Communities offers independent living apartments and cottages, assisted living and skilled nursing care on four campuses in the Pioneer Valley: Applewood in Amherst, Loomis House in Holyoke, Loomis Lakeside at Reeds Landing in Springfield, and Loomis Village in South Hadley.

For more information, call us at the number in the upper right of this webpage or send us a note through our Contact Us form.