Elant at Fishkill employees bring wedding celebration to residents
Online PR News – 11-May-2010 – – Fishkill – Since the residents at Elant at Fishkill Nursing Home & Rehabilitation Center couldn’t attend a Las Vegas wedding of two longtime employees, those employees decided to bring the wedding to the residents.
To celebrate the union of Barbara Henning, an LPN, and Marshall Morgan, a CNA, who were married in Las Vegas on April 20th, Elant at Fishkill recently hosted a full wedding reception, complete with wedding finery, music, and, of course, a wedding cake!
“Ladies and Gentlemen, presenting for the first time at Elant at Fishkill as husband and wife: Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Morgan,” Rick Greenop, assistant director of Activities at Elant at Fishkill, announced to kick off the joyous event.
The couple, Barbara in her wedding gown and Marshall in his tuxedo, entered the reception to the Wedding March and then took to the dance floor to enjoy their wedding songs (one just wouldn’t be enough), “I was made to love you” by Gerald Lavert and “Endless love” by Dianna Ross & Lionel Richie.
“We felt like we were actually there at the wedding,” said resident Jean Howard.
After the dance, the newlyweds, who met at Elant at Fishkill five years ago, went from resident to resident handing out daisies as a thank you for being part of their celebration.
“The Las Vegas wedding was much nicer than most would think, but it would have been even better if these residents could have been there,” Marshall said. “These people have seen our entire relationship grow; they’re like our family.”
Residents cheered and clapped as they watched a DVD of the actual ceremony in Vegas, and hooted when the pair fed each other homemade cake during the ceremonial cake cutting.
“We enjoyed the reception very much,” said longtime resident Muriel Wilson. “It was so beautiful, a real pleasure to be able to share in the joy of the wedding celebration.”
Elant, Inc., a community-based, not-for-profit organization, has been a part of the Hudson Valley healthcare landscape for the past 25 years. Its seven campuses, located across five counties, serve an estimated 3,500 people daily and provide sub-acute care and rehabilitation services, nursing home care, assisted living, adult day care, retirement community living, home health care, and a managed long-term care plan. Elant’s mission is to provide personalized, high-quality care and lifestyle options to persons of diverse generations, cultures, means, and needs.
Wedding 1: Barbara Henning, an LPN, and Marshall Morgan, a CNA, enjoy the traditional cutting of the cake during their wedding celebration at Elant at Fishkill.
Wedding 2: Marshall Morgan passes a flower to Elant at Fishkill resident Mary Sturner during his wedding celebration.