West Seattle Blog... » The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com West Seattle news, 24/7 Sun, 29 Nov 2015 11:09:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 West Seattle scene: Residents at The Kenney walk to help neighbors http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-scene-residents-at-the-kenney-walk-to-help-neighbors/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/08/west-seattle-scene-residents-at-the-kenney-walk-to-help-neighbors/#comments Tue, 18 Aug 2015 21:03:31 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=320274

Great morning for a walk (-a-thon)! In this morning’s West Seattle Tuesday preview, we mentioned the first-ever Walk-A-Thon at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), raising money for its Resident Care Fund, which helps ensure that people living there don’t have to move if their lives outlast their assets. We stopped by around midway through, and were told about 50 residents and staffers already had joined in the walk around the west lawn of The Kenney’s landmark Seaview Building.

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‘New era’ as The Kenney finalizes Heritage Ministries affiliation http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-era-as-the-kenney-finalizes-heritage-ministries-affiliation/ http://westseattleblog.com/2015/05/new-era-as-the-kenney-finalizes-heritage-ministries-affiliation/#comments Wed, 13 May 2015 07:36:17 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=310150 Six months after we reported on the plan for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) to affiliate with Heritage Ministries and halve its debt, it’s final, according to this announcement:

The Kenney senior living community of West Seattle has cleared all of the necessary hurdles to complete its affiliation with Heritage Ministries, a New York nonprofit, faith-based organization. As a result of the completed affiliation, the amount of The Kenney’s outstanding secured debt will be reduced almost in half from $21.3 million to $10.7 million, a reality that greatly improves The Kenney’s financial position, assuring The Kenney’s ongoing mission to serve seniors in West Seattle.

Heritage Ministries has roots in the Free Methodist Church with sister organizations, such as Seattle Pacific University, in the Seattle area. The legal affiliation of the two organizations has been accomplished by way of Board control. Governance documents of The Kenney have been modified to reflect that Heritage Ministries is now responsible for the appointment of members to The Kenney Board of Directors. The Kenney will remain a nonprofit organization and will continue to have a board of volunteer directors with at least 1/3 of the directors required to be residents of the State of Washington. Resident agreements will be honored and the benevolent care fund for residents will continue.

The Kenney has been operating under an administrative services agreement with Heritage since December of 2014.

Through this agreement, Heritage provides such services as financial accounting, accounts payable processing, resident billing, and human resources support, as well as other strategic planning and operational oversight. Heritage President and CEO David Smeltzer will also serve as the President and CEO of The Kenney, with Larry Foss, current Executive Director of The Kenney, continuing to provide the day-to-day, on-site management of The Kenney operations.

The affiliation between The Kenney and Heritage is not an uncommon occurrence these days. With ever-decreasing reimbursement streams, rising costs of overhead and employee benefits, and increasing requirements for government compliance; it is becoming more difficult for smaller, stand-alone organizations to survive without affiliating in some fashion with a larger system. President Smeltzer says, “Heritage was already ranked as the 134th-largest, not-for-profit provider of senior care and housing, according to a publication from the investment banking firm Ziegler. With the affiliation of The Kenney, Heritage would now be ranked in the top 100.” But he is also quick to point out that, “It’s not about growing Heritage so much as it is about assuring the ongoing, faith-based ministry of The Kenney and others like them.”

An event (on Tuesday) at The Kenney honored outgoing Board Members, recognized new and returning Board Members, and formally recognized the Heritage affiliation. Executive Director Larry Foss says, “We are excited about being part of the Heritage system. They are well respected in the communities they serve, and because they are a larger organization, they are able to bring expertise and experience to The Kenney that will assist us in moving forward. Residents and staff alike have expressed their excitement about this new era for The Kenney.”

The Kenney, located at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, offers retirement housing options for seniors who are still independent as well as assisted living, memory care, and rehab and skilled nursing. For more information about The Kenney call 206-937-2800 or visit their website at thekenney.org.

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New affiliation, reduced debt, leadership change for The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/new-affiliation-reduced-debt-leadership-change-for-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/11/new-affiliation-reduced-debt-leadership-change-for-the-kenney/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 22:40:24 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=292588

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It’s been a long journey for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) over the past six years, including starting and canceling a major overhaul plan. Today, a big announcement – The Kenney is affiliating with New York-based Heritage Ministries and reducing its debt. Here’s the announcement:

The Kenney senior living community of West Seattle has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Heritage Ministries, a nonprofit, faith-based organization. Through this planned affiliation, The Kenney has also signed a purchase agreement with its current lender to purchase its outstanding debt at a 50% discount.

Heritage Ministries has roots in the Free Methodist Church with sister organizations, such as Seattle Pacific University, in the Seattle area. Heritage Ministries and The Kenney intend to affiliate and to maintain the mission of serving seniors in West Seattle. The Kenney will remain a nonprofit organization and will continue to have a board of volunteer directors. Resident agreements will be honored and the benevolent care fund for residents will continue.

The level of debt incurred by The Kenney was the result of construction of a new assisted living and community space in the 2000s. The construction and loans had occurred prior to the economic downturn and current operations could not sustain that level of debt. The Kenney worked with its lender, Sovereign Bank, for several years to maintain operations and to continue to service the needs of The Kenney’s residents. Ontrac Management Services was brought in to work with The Kenney in summer 2012 after the organization had defaulted on its loan.

In Spring 2014, Sovereign Bank sold The Kenney’s loan to a private lender who agreed to honor the resident contracts and allowed the organization to continue its nonprofit status. In October 2014, the same lender notified The Kenney that it needed to sell the debt before the end of the year. Ontrac Management Services was asked by The Kenney board of directors to find a lender and/or other nonprofit organization to assist with the debt purchase.

With the affiliation plan for Heritage Ministries and The Kenney moving ahead, Ontrac Management will step out of its interim role in December. Larry Foss is being named Executive Director of The Kenney. Mr. Foss joined The Kenney in the finance department and as the licensed nursing home administrator in June 2014. He has more than a decade of experience working in senior living communities as a chief financial officer, executive director and as a nursing home administrator. Mr. Foss is also the current Chair of LeadingAge Washington, which is the nonprofit trade association for senior living and healthcare organizations.

“It has been a privilege to support The Kenney as interim management during the last two years. Our role is now coming to an end. We see that the future is bright for The Kenney in its affiliation with Heritage Ministries,” said Moraine Byrne, President of Ontrac Management Services.

In an October news release, The Kenney said the 50 percent debt reduction would bring its debt down to $10.5 million. It pursued a $150 million redevelopment project between 2008 to 2011, in the end settling on smaller changes such as creation of a Memory Unit. We asked Byrne for a little more elaboration on what “affiliation” means; she replied, “The Kenney will continue to be a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Affiliation means that the corporate member in the bylaws is Heritage Ministries and that The Kenney will continue to be governed by a volunteer board of directors. Heritage Ministries will provide management oversight too.”

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Walk to End Alzheimer’s: Group from The Kenney raises $1,600 http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/09/walk-to-end-alzheimers-group-from-the-kenney-raises-1600/#comments Sat, 20 Sep 2014 19:55:59 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=286366

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Among the hundreds of people who joined in the Pacific Northwest Walk to End Alzheimer’s today were four residents of The Kenney (WSB sponsor), along with staffers and family members. They raised $1,600 and walked the full two-mile route along Lake Union. Proceeds from the walk – more than $270,000, in early estimates – go toward “the care, support, and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association,” according to the event website. The rise in cases of Alzheimer’s and dementia has led some retirement centers to make big changes; The Kenney added its Memory Care Community in 2012.

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Another author event: Gatewood Elementary students read poems at The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/another-author-event-gatewood-elementary-students-read-poems-at-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/05/another-author-event-gatewood-elementary-students-read-poems-at-the-kenney/#comments Sat, 03 May 2014 01:19:20 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=272228

Thanks to Amy and Lisa for sharing the photo and report:

Gatewood Elementary third graders on Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Nowicki’s team had their poetry celebration today at The Kenney. Each student read their own original poetry on the microphone based on something they cared about. Then they gave their poems away as gifts to their Kenney friends.

We had a wonderful time making new friends and sharing our poetry.

The school and retirement center are neighbors – almost directly across Fauntleroy Way from each other.

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The Kenney’s future: New ‘investment lender relationship’ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-kenneys-future-new-investment-lender-relationship/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/03/the-kenneys-future-new-investment-lender-relationship/#comments Thu, 27 Mar 2014 22:47:53 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=268902

(WSB file photo of The Kenney)
The Kenney (WSB sponsor) has announced a new “investment lender relationship” that, it says, allows the center to “remain a nonprofit, charitable organization.” Here’s the news release we received with the details:

A new investment lender relationship has been established for The Kenney. The Kenney has been seeking a new lender and/or sponsor to provide a stronger financial footing for The Kenney. Through that process, Seattle Healthcare Investors, a limited liability company, was formed, which is now the lender for The Kenney.

The new lender purchased the debt and outstanding note from the previous lender, which is exiting this sector of financial investing. This was a mutually-agreed upon transaction between the new lender and The Kenney board of directors.


The Kenney remains a non-profit, charitable organization with the same mission of caring for seniors in West Seattle. More than a century ago, The Kenney was founded on faith principles of care and compassion. With our new collaborative relationship with the limited liability company, The Kenney’s mission roots are acknowledged and affirmed; while at the same time, enabling us to efficiently prepare for the future of aging services and the seniors who will need housing and services. We refer to this as “Preserving the past. Preparing for the future.”

We are moving into another century of service and we are pleased that the interim management of Ontrac will transition to a longer-term relationship. The lead position at The Kenney will now be called Executive Director and we will hire a new person to replace Bill Lange, who is currently serving as Interim CEO. When a new Executive Director is hired, we will introduce that person to you. However, Bill will continue to provide support to The Kenney, along with others from the Ontrac management team. Through our ongoing relationship with Ontrac, we will have access to a number of well established senior care services and systems which we do not currently have.

We have asked a few followup questions and will add the answers when we receive them.

ADDED 4:41 PM: We asked The Kenney spokesperson Moraine Byrne for more information on the new LLC, since we couldn’t find it in Washington state corporation records. Her reply: “Seattle Healthcare Investors, LLC is a newly formed corporation just for the purpose of holding the debt on The Kenney. They were incorporated in Delaware but their purpose is to provide the lender relationship for The Kenney. The name of the person with the LLC is Ted McMullan and he lives in Georgia. He is simply the investor lender and will not be the operator nor part of the nonprofit board.” The loan amount, Byrne says, “is essentially the same as what the previous bank loan was, which is just over $21 million dollars.”

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Time for a tough talk with your parent(s)? Get help tomorrow http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/time-for-a-tough-talk-with-your-parents-get-help-tomorrow/ http://westseattleblog.com/2014/02/time-for-a-tough-talk-with-your-parents-get-help-tomorrow/#comments Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:38:38 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=264806 While it’s a joy to still have parent(s) around even as you approach elderhood … it can be a challenge to have tough conversations with them about changes that might be needed as the years go by. Tomorrow (Thursday) night at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), you can get some help as you prepare for those conversations with parents and/or grandparents – is it time to give up the car? Is the house getting to be “too much”? Is their health deteriorating and help needed for day-to-day life? A free seminar on “Having the Conversation” is planned for 6 pm tomorrow at The Kenney, with Moraine Byrne, who has 20+ years of experience “guiding and counseling families on how to have a meaningful and respectful conversation with aging parents,” as the official event announcement describes it. No charge, but an RSVP is appreciated – call 206-937-2800, or RSVP online here. Walk-ins will be welcome tomorrow, too, but they’d love advance notice if you’re planning to go. The Kenney is at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW (map).

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New interim CEO for West Seattle retirement center The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/new-interim-ceo-for-west-seattle-retirement-center-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/09/new-interim-ceo-for-west-seattle-retirement-center-the-kenney/#comments Thu, 05 Sep 2013 01:11:14 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=162851 Three months after The Kenney (WSB sponsor) announced it was exploring the possibility of “sponsorship” by Wesley Homes, there’s no final decision on that yet, but one change has just been made – a new interim CEO is in charge. Here’s the announcement:

William (Bill) Lange is named as the new interim Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for The Kenney, effective October 1, 2013. Mr. Lange assumes this interim role at the time that Ed Mawe, current interim CEO, leaves to take a new position with another retirement organization. Mr. Mawe is an employee of Ontrac Management Services and he was hired in July 2012 to act as an interim CEO. Mr. Lange is also an employee of Ontrac and has been working in a supportive operations role with Mr. Mawe, the Kenney board of directors, and staff over the past year.

“Bill is not a new face to the residents and staff at The Kenney,” said Moraine Byrne, President of Ontrac Management Services. She added, “His knowledge of the current operations and the strategic direction of The Kenney make for a smooth transition as Ed leaves to take his new career opportunity.” Mr. Mawe has accepted a position as Chief Operating Officer of Horizon House, a large retirement community located in [downtown] Seattle.

Mr. Lange has been a Vice President with Ontrac since fall 2011. Prior to that appointment, he served as Executive Director of Covenant Village of Colorado, one of 12 continuing care retirement campuses within Covenant Retirement Communities. Before joining Covenant Retirement Communities, Mr. Lange’s career included leadership positions in acute urban, rural and multi-hospital systems, a medical and rehabilitation post-acute care hospital, and three additional continuing care retirement communities. Mr. Lange holds a Master’s Degree in Health Care Administration from Washington University, St. Louis, MO., and is accredited as a Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives. In the interim CEO role at The Kenney, Mr. Lange remains an employee of Ontrac Management, the organization which has been retained by The Kenney Board of Directors to provide management for the West Seattle retirement community.

The Kenney continues to explore sponsorship by Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington. Wesley Homes began its due diligence in June and is expected to complete its process in the next several weeks. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.”

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Wesley Homes seeking to take over The Kenney as ‘sponsor’ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/wesley-homes-seeking-to-take-over-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/06/wesley-homes-seeking-to-take-over-the-kenney/#comments Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:06:28 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=153821

Back in April, a spokesperson for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) announced that the continuing-care retirement center was seeking a “sponsor” to take over its operations, and that there were four prospects. Three were named at the time; one of them, Wesley Homes, which operates centers in Des Moines and Auburn, is now the front-runner. Here’s the announcement just in from a representative of The Kenney:

Wesley Homes, based in Des Moines, Washington, has presented a letter of intent to further explore sponsorship of The Kenney in West Seattle. The letter of intent was presented to and accepted by The Kenney board of directors on June 4, 2013.

It is the next step in the process of completing due diligence before Wesley Homes makes a decision to become the new non-profit sponsor. Due diligence typically involves an in-depth review of the operations, physical plant, legal issues and finances, including discussions with the bank lender. The due diligence is expected to take several weeks.

Non-profit sponsors are governed by a volunteer board of directors and within the non-profit sector, the term “sponsorship” is used instead of “ownership.” The Kenney board of directors had interviewed and accepted letters of interest from four potential sponsors.

The other three organizations all cited that they were interested, but that the timing of the transaction or other factors outside of The Kenney prevented them from moving forward at this time.

In today’s complex health care environment, affiliation with another sponsor has proven to benefit senior living providers and the residents they serve. Being part of a larger sponsoring organization often presents opportunities for group purchasing of supplies and equipment resulting in significant savings. Larger sponsoring organizations also have the capacity to implement more efficient systems for billing, accounting, nursing services, dining programs, human resources and marketing.

The Kenney has been under interim management since summer 2012 and the interim management will remain in place through the sponsorship process. Interim Chief Executive Officer, Ed Mawe, with Ontrac Management Services continues to provide staff leadership. The quality services to residents continue in the fine tradition of The Kenney.

According to its website, Wesley Homes has been in operation since 1944, and is associated with the United Methodist Church.

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The Kenney says it’s seeking a ‘sponsor’ to take over http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/the-kenney-says-its-seeking-a-sponsor-to-take-over/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/04/the-kenney-says-its-seeking-a-sponsor-to-take-over/#comments Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:19:13 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=149852

A spokesperson for The Kenney (WSB sponsor) says it’s seeking a “sponsor” to take over its operations, and has four prospects. Here’s the announcement we just received:

The Kenney Retirement Community, located at 7125 Fauntleroy Way SW, Seattle, is in the process of seeking a new sponsor to assume operations of the retirement community.

The Kenney board of directors has been interviewing non-profit, faith-based organizations who share a similar mission of serving seniors. Covenant Retirement Communities, Mennonite Services Northwest, Wesley Homes, and a fourth (yet to be named) have indicated interest in the potential of a transaction to become sponsors, and each is evaluating the feasibility to assume operations of The Kenney later this year.

In today’s changing health care environment, affiliation with other sponsors has proven to benefit senior living providers and the residents they serve. Benefits include group purchasing programs, efficiencies in staffing and systems, and the ability to provide a broader network of services.

Last summer, an interim CEO and Ontrac Management Services were engaged by The Kenney to assist during this transition. Ed Mawe, Interim CEO, and The Kenney board of directors have been communicating with residents, families of residents and staff frequently about the sponsorship search. Communication about the sponsorship search process has been transparent with all parties, sharing discussions about the preference to find a sponsor who shares similar values with the heritage of The Kenney.

The Kenney continues to provide quality continuing care with residential apartments, assisted living, memory care and support, skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Potential sponsors have expressed their intention to continue the services and the fine tradition of care.

The Kenney marked its centennial four years ago. From 2008 through 2011, it pursued a redevelopment plan that eventually was downsized to some standalone changes including the addition of a memory-care unit, opened last year. Meantime, as for today’s announcement, we’re asking a few followup questions and will add to this story when they’re answered.

4:36 PM UPDATE: Ontrac’s Moraine Byrne has replied to our questions: No, The Kenney is “not in danger of closing. All financial obligations are being met (and it’s) operating well within budget.” She says its occupancy is also “strong.”

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West Seattle Valentine’s Day scenes: Love @ The Kenney http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-valentines-day-scenes-love-the-kenney/ http://westseattleblog.com/2013/02/west-seattle-valentines-day-scenes-love-the-kenney/#comments Fri, 15 Feb 2013 06:21:51 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=141335

(Photos by Nick Adams for WSB)
A whole lotta love flowed at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) this afternoon, during a Valentine’s Day celebration with treats and tunes. Above, Margit Killenger, Helen Gilman, and Norma Lewis were busy reading Valentines. Kermit Franks wore his – a photo of his sweetheart Faye, who died last year:

Months before Mrs. Franks’ death, the couple celebrated their 70th-anniversary .

The Kenney’s residents are loved by the staff, too – activity director Denise O’Toole had a smile for Kenney resident May Commeree:

Love-ly music filled The Kenney’s commujnity room, courtesy of Sid Law:

He had a rapt audience:

The Kenney itself was created from an act of loving kindness – as told in its history here.

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West Seattle scene: Off to join Walk to End Alzheimer’s http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-off-to-join-walk-to-end-alzheimers/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/09/west-seattle-scene-off-to-join-walk-to-end-alzheimers/#comments Sun, 23 Sep 2012 18:24:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=122913

Though today’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s is wrapping up along Lake Union right about now, it had West Seattle representation – this group headed out this morning from The Kenney (WSB sponsor). Participants included residents and staffers. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, the walk’s beneficiary, 35 million people are affected by Alzheimer’s worldwide, and this is National Alzheimer’s Month – find out more here.

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The Kenney’s new CEO Ed Mawe debuts at annual barbecue http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/the-kenneys-new-ceo-ed-mawe-debuts-at-annual-barbecue/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/08/the-kenneys-new-ceo-ed-mawe-debuts-at-annual-barbecue/#comments Fri, 17 Aug 2012 04:51:10 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=118847

Residents and staff at The Kenney (WSB sponsor) have been getting to know new CEO Ed Mawe over the past few weeks, but tonight was the first big public event at which he appeared – the continuing-care retirement center’s annual barbecue.

Mawe joined The Kenney last month, not long after the departure of previous CEO Kevin McFeely. That’s according to information provided tonight by Moraine Byrne, president of Ontrac Management Services, part of Covenant Retirement Services, an Illinois-based firm also recently hired by The Kenney, to help with management and positioning. Byrne tells WSB that Mawe has “many years of serving senior adults in the Tacoma and Portland areas.” Online research shows Mawe’s past leadership roles include tenures at Franke Tobey Jones in Tacoma and Mary’s Woods in Portland.

Back to the barbecue – The Kenney’s park-like northwest lawn provided shade, both trees and tents, and a chance for residents, relatives, and neighbors to enjoy each other’s company.

The barbecue is an annual August tradition.

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Another 4th of July postscript: The Kenney puts on a parade http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/another-4th-of-july-postscript-the-kenney-puts-on-a-parade/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/07/another-4th-of-july-postscript-the-kenney-puts-on-a-parade/#comments Thu, 05 Jul 2012 23:10:50 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=113828

And another 4th of July story emerges … this one likely to make you smile. Another parade – one we didn’t hear about till The Kenney (WSB sponsor) sent photos today, along with this report:

We’re all a “Kid at Heart” on the Fourth of July!

The Kenney Retirement Home in West Seattle celebrates their very first “Fourth of July Parade”! Residents decorated their own “wheelchair floats” complete with balloons, streamers, stars, sparkle flags and fun flair – balloon fashioned hats, drums, and more. The Kenney residents received honks and waves from passing cars and local West Seattle residents as they made their way down Fauntleroy.

The festivities began with a flag ceremony from a local Boy Scout Troop, Pack 282, led by troop leader Eric Linxweiler, followed by a carnival celebration in our Community Rooms; which included fishing games, bean bag toss, horseshoes, and face painting. It was a great day to be had by all seniors living at The Kenney!

Amy Seebeck, Director of Activities, and all the Activities Staff

So with the West Seattle 4th of July Kids’ Parade (WSB coverage here) and the 32nd SW Bike Parade (noted here, thanks to info/photos from neighbors), that makes at least three parades yesterday – anybody else?

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Video: The Kenney bids CEO Kevin McFeely farewell http://westseattleblog.com/2012/06/video-the-kenney-bids-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-farewell/ http://westseattleblog.com/2012/06/video-the-kenney-bids-ceo-kevin-mcfeely-farewell/#comments Fri, 22 Jun 2012 14:59:09 +0000 WSB http://westseattleblog.com/?p=112631

Students, teachers, and school staffers aren’t the only ones marking farewells as this week comes to an end. Thursday afternoon at The Kenney (WSB sponsor), a reception honored departing CEO Kevin McFeely, who’s leaving after 9 years to run The Hearthstone in Green Lake (as reported here a month ago). Among those offering tributes at the celebration, marketing director Karmen Hudson:

His replacement has not yet been named. The Kenney is north of Lincoln Park, with history going back more than a century.

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