MOUNT VERNON, N. Y. -- Nearly 1,000 people came out for the Wartburg Fall Festival that included a celebration of the 150-year history of the Mount Vernon center that started as an orphanage and grew into a senior care and rehabilitation provider.
The event included live music, a farmers market, children's activities and food trucks. Also, there were walking tours of the 34-acre campus conducted by alummi of Wartburg Orphans' Farm School.
The children's area included bounce houses, an obstacle course and games sponsored by The Future Society, a mentoring organization for underprivleged children founded by Wartburg Orphans' Farm School alumni. There was also a reunion of about 30 Wartburg alumni, and live coverage of the event from WXPK-FM 107.1 The Peak.
“We couldn’t be happier to invite the community to come to our historic campus and enjoy this free event on such a beautiful, sunny day,” said Angela Ciminello, vice president of development and marketing. “This day wouldn’t be possible without the help of our dedicated volunteers, staff and board as well as our generous sponsors who help us continue our vital mission of nurturing the body, mind and spirit of those entrusted to our care.”
The celebration started with a service in Wartburg’s historic chapel and culminating with a cake cutting and proclamation presentation by Assemblyman J. Gary Pretlow.
Founded in 1866, Wartburg’s legacy dates back to the days of caring for children orphaned after the Civil War and caring for seniors since 1897. It has grown into a senior care organization that offers inpatient, outpatient and adult day care services.
Wartburg recently opened a new Outpatient Rehabilitation Center offering innovative rehabilitative therapies to maximize recovery as well as wellness classes such as Tai Chi and Yoga for the community.