By Maggie Brown for The Island Connection
Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community held a grand opening ceremony for its new Anderson Croquet Court and Pavilion Nov. 8.
The ceremony got underway with remarks from Bishop Gadsden President and Chief Executive Officer Sarah Tipton and retired President/CEO Bill Trawick, as well as residents who were instrumental in making croquet at Bishop Gadsden a reality. In addition, the court and pavilion were blessed by the Rev. Dow Sanderson.
Following the dedication, USCA croquet professionals, including Michael Albert, gave attendees a demonstration on the game of croquet as a precursor to the afternoon clinics.
The game of croquet is increasing in popularity, and Bishop Gadsden has one of the first successful programs in the Charleston area. This addition to the community provides a unique opportunity for Bishop Gadsden to offer croquet and other social activities. The court and pavilion will be open to the outside community for tournament play and exhibitions for local croquet teams.
“We are thrilled to be able to bring a recognized croquet program to Bishop Gadsden,” said Tipton. “Having the opportunity for our residents, as well as outside croquet groups, has been exciting for us. Our residents are passionate about the sport. We are enthusiastic that we have these new facilities, thanks to the generosity of many that will inspire others to enjoy the game for many years to come.”
Founded in 1850, Bishop Gadsden is a nonprofit, life plan community serving more than 450 residents in a variety of residential and health care settings, including independent and assisted living, skilled nursing and memory support/Alzheimer’s care. Bishop Gadsden’s trustees, residents and staff are joined by scores of donors and volunteers who share founder Bishop Christopher Edwards Gadsden’s vision for a caring community of God’s people.