UMRC Receives 2015 Large Business Leadership Award from Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce

The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce recently named United Methodist Retirement Communities (UMRC) as its 2015 Large Business Leadership Award winner. Awards are based on community leadership criteria such as displaying innovative ideas and services, contributing to the economic impact of the City of Chelsea, providing services that meet the needs of the Chelsea area community, and enhancing the uniqueness of the community image.

DSC_0062-edit-1024x683“The Business Leadership Award is presented to a Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce member who demonstrates exemplary vision and support of the mission of the Chamber to advance commerce to establish and maintain Chelsea as a premier community in which to live, work and recreate,” said Ian Boone, President of the Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce.

UMRC was formally honored on Thursday, February 18, at the Chamber’s Annual Membership meeting and event held at the Chelsea Comfort Inn and Village Conference Center.

Chelsea Mayor Jason Lindauer described UMRC as a “vital cornerstone for all we hold dear in this town.” Other dignitaries on hand included 52nd District Representative Gretchen Driskell, State Senator Joe Hune, and representatives of Congressman Tim Walberg and U.S. Senator Gary Peters.

UMRC President and CEO, John Thorhauer, and UMRC Board Chair, John Nixon III accepted the award. Thorhauer thanked the many volunteers over the years who have led to UMRC’s success, dating back to its founding in 1906. “There is something special about the community of Chelsea. We greatly appreciate our long-time relationship with the Chamber and the opportunities we have to partner with other local organizations to improve the lives of older adults.”

With 10,000 Baby Boomers turning 65 each day, Thorhauer added that UMRC is “focused on expanding to meet the growing needs of seniors.”