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Vinson Hall Celebrates 50 Years in McLean

Vinson Hall Celebrates 50 Years in McLean

About 400 people turn out for retirement home anniversary party.

Stilt-walker William Burns dressed as Uncle Sam during the Vinson Hall 50th Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 22, 2019, in McLean.

With perfect 80-degree weather, a 50th Anniversary celebration was held for the Vinson Hall Retirement Community on Kirby Road in McLean on Saturday, June 22, 2019. The facility opened on June 23, 1969, with 283 apartments; and today it has roughly 400 residents – retired military and civil servants – and about 250 people who are employed there. The block party under tents included a barbecue feast, cornhole games and entertainment, a deejay, and remarks from Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust. To top things off, there was a big 50th anniversary cake and logo cookies for party giveaways.

Marion Fontenot, a Vinson Hall resident, with her daughter-in-law Maite Fontenot.

According to Libby Bush, CEO of Vinson Hall: “Vinson Hall Retirement Community is home to almost 400 people – 400 people who have a military tradition and heritage. We also have DOD, FBI, CIA, Secret Service, Foreign Service, and we are also opened to anyone in our Arleigh Burke Pavilion, the Sylvestery, and our higher levels of residency.”

From left, Vinson Hall residents Terry Burke, Jane Peak, and Cecile Cover.

She continued: “We are so honored that all of those people call us home, and then we are grateful that almost 250 people call us their workplace. So, as a community, we come together every day to connect and to engage, and today is a beautiful sunny Saturday to do so celebrating our 50th anniversary.”

The Vinson Hall Board of Trustees with Dranesville Supervisor John Foust and Vinson Hall CEO Libby Bush (center).

Guest speaker Dranesville District Supervisor John Foust raved about how much Vinson Hall does for the community. “The good work that Vinson Hall does underscores its commitment not just to the residents but to the broader community. The work done by Vinson Hall has enhanced the quality of life for those living in this campus; equally important it has also enhanced the quality of life to the community here at large,” he said.

The U.S. Navy Memorial Honor Guard performs during the Vinson Hall 50th Anniversary Party on Saturday, June 22, 2019, in McLean.

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