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BRC kicks off holiday Illumination Celebration

Ryan Carpe

December 8, 2013

GREENVILLE – This Friday residents at the Brethren Retirement Community (BRC) were treated to a virtual winter wonderland, as the Illumination Celebration lit up the campus.


This is the second year the residents at BRC have enjoyed the festive lighting ceremony, which features more than 10,000 lights throughout the retirement community’s grounds.


The lights sparked to life exactly at 6:30 p.m., and were strategically placed at both the front and back of the main building and laced around the campus pond.


“The holidays are a great time of year to celebrate with the residents,” said Holly Hill, BRC Director of Marketing. “We always have decorated a lot of trees within the main building, and we wanted to take it outside to the campus.”


In preparation for the event, BRC residents and their families setup chairs near windows throughout the building to secure a good viewing location.


“The residents love this event,” said Hill. “It’s an event they can look forward to and come together for.”


And as a special commemoration this year, a lone tree came alight at the start in memory of Keith Weimer, a longstanding member of BRC’s maintenance department who passed away this year. Weimer was an active contributor during last year’s inaugural lighting event.


“We felt it was very appropriate to dedicate this evening to Keith,” said Hill. “Keith was definitely someone that the residents knew, and he helped a lot of them throughout the year with his maintenance expertise. He was very important to a lot of people.”


After the lighting ceremony, several musical entertainers were setup throughout BRC’s building in order to provide festive and lively recreation for the residents lasting well into the evening.


“They’ll sing Christmas carols and seasonal items for the residents to enjoy and sing along with tonight,” said Hill.


And in addition to Friday’s festivities, the staff at BRC invited the entire community to visit the campus lights, as they’ll be illuminated throughout the holiday season.