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Warm Hearth Village to Host Third Annual Parrot Strut 5K Run and 1Mile Run/Walk

Runners and walkers of all ages will be gathering at the starting line on October 7 to help raise awareness and funds for seniors in need at Warm Hearth Village.  The 5K begins at 9 am and will take runners through the beautiful wooded campus at Warm Hearth.  The 1 Mile run/walk will follow at 10 am with both finishing at the Village Center where refreshments, massages, yoga, acupuncture demonstrations and awards will be available.

Last year, more than 80 runners signed up and raised almost $3,000 for the Warm Hearth Foundation to support seniors in need of housing, health care and basic necessities. The event is organized by Fitness Director, Jocy Graham with the help of Run About Sports and resident and community volunteers.

LewisGale Hospital Montgomery partners with Warm Hearth Foundation to present the event and Union and New River Valley Association of Realtors have signed on as sponsors this year.  “We are so fortunate to have loyal business partners who help us help seniors,” says Shannon Hammons, Associate Director of Development for the Warm Hearth Foundation.

Those interested should register online at by following the Parrot Strut link.  The event will go on rain or shine.

Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit retirement community offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.


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  • Warm Hearth Singers Concert– A Patriotic Celebration

     On Wednesday, August 9, the Warm Hearth Singers performed for a standing room only crowd at the Karr Activity Center on the campus of Warm Hearth Village.  The group of residents, 25 strong, treated guests to a patriotic program consisting of “America the Beautiful”, “My Country Tis of Thee”, and “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” before closing with “A Salute to the Armed Forces”. 

    Don Chalupka, resident of Trolinger Apartments, warmed up the crowd on piano and Donna Gadd, who lives at Showalter Center, performed a soloon the flute.  Ralph Edwards, providing a nod to his time in the Navy, sang the “Navy Hymn” Eternal Father Strong to Save. Residents joined the choir in singing patriotic songs. David Jones, Assistant Administrator/Activity Director at Showalter Center, conducts the ensemble and accompanied them on the piano.  A reception was held following the performance where resident members of the choral group received many accolades for their fine work.  

    The group is made up of residents from throughout the Village -- male and female, couples and singles – all young at heart.

    Warm Hearth Village is the NRV’s only comprehensive nonprofit retirement community offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.


  • Cheeseburger Throw Down Competition

    Chefs from area restaurants will be preparing their best cheeseburger creations in hopes of winning the title of 5th Annual Cheeseburger In Parrot-dise Cheeseburger Throw down Champion.  Chefs from Macados, Creole That, Village Gourmet and Holiday Inn Christiansburg have submitted their entries for this year’s competition and the clock is ticking down to the event.

    Last year Village Gourmet took the title from Hethwood Market who wowed the crowd for two consecutive wins with their savory barbeque topped burger. This year, Chef Jerome Bonds hopes his creation will be the crowd favorite again.  Jerome is so serious about retaining his trophy that he won’t release the ingredients for his burger.  He tells us that he and Cook, Lynn Epperly have been in the kitchen conducting taste tests throughout the summer working to perfect their creation.  “We can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet. We have something really special this year,” he says.  Big Al’s was the inaugural Cheeseburger Throw down Champion back in 2013 and each year Warm Hearth has worked to bring in new sponsors and Chefs.

    Village Gourmet led by Chef Jerome Bonds.  Bonds trained in Culinary Arts at Johnson & Wales University in Charleston, SC.  He has more than 25 years of experience and prides himself in his Southern comfort food creations. Burger Entry:  Jammin’ Pimento Cheese Burger

    Randall Spencer represents Creole That in the competition.  He also owns Blue Ridge Mountain Catering and the Wikiteria Café at the CCRC.  Spencer is a self-trained chef also with more than 25 years of experience in Southern cuisine. Burger Entry:  Franklin County Moonshine Burger

    Blacksburg Macados is a new entrant to the throw down this year.  The chef there will wow the crowd with a tried and true favorite appealing to the bacon lovers in the audience.Burger Entry:  Bacon Cheddar Burger

    Eric Vann will be showing off his talents for Kem’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn New River Valley Mall.  Vann brings 10 years of experience and a passion for experimenting with and expanding flavor palettes.  His Asian inspiration will give fellow chefs a run for the money. Burger Entry:  Asian Crunch Burger


    The fundraiser is a beach-themed event complete with music from local favorites, The Panjammers, a cheeseburger throw down competition, silent auction, DJ on the terrace and more.  There are less than 10 tickets available and they can be purchased online at or by calling 443-3406.

    The Cheeseburger throw down works like this.  Included in the $35 ticket price is the opportunity to sample each Chef’s burger creation and a complimenting side dish.  Guests sample all four burgers and place a ticket in the basket for their favorite creation.  The Chef with the most tickets at the end of the night is called up to the stage to accept the three-foot trophy and take it back to their restaurant for display. 

    The Warm Hearth Foundation hosts the event as its annual fundraiser for neighbors in need on the Warm Hearth Village Campus.  The Foundation graciously acknowledges the support of many in the community who have helped this event grow each year since it began.  The restaurants provide their burger and side as part of their sponsorship, other local business sign on as monetary sponsors and silent auction donors and residents, family and the community gobble up the 250 tickets each year to be a part of this festive and tropical event.  The goal for this year’s event is $28,000 which will go a long way to helping seniors who rely on the Foundation for support for everything from toiletries to food to health care services. 

    The Village Center at Warm Hearth,  2387 Warm Hearth Drive, Blacksburg

    WHEN: Friday, August 186-10 pm



  • Warm Hearth Village Honors Long-Time Showalter Center Director of Nursing

    At a celebration held today at Showalter Center, the Assisted Living residence on the Warm Hearth Village campus, residents, families and employees celebrated and thanked Sharon Moye, RN for her dedicated service to residents of the Blacksburg retirement community.

    “We are extremely grateful for the many contributions that Sharon has made during her extensive career with Warm Hearth,” said William Lester, Administrator. “For 17 years, Sharon has remained loyal to the success and growth of Warm Hearth Village while developing a personal reputation as one of the best caregivers in the industry. We wish her nothing but the best as she moves forward with her well-deserved retirement,” he adds.

    While Moye looks forward to pursuing personal hobbies, she says that simply spending more time with her family is what she will enjoy the most.

    Amanda Cruise, RN, BSN has been hired to replace Moye.   Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home. 


    Dick Skutt is a walking, talking advertisement for health and fitness. The 86-year-old Warm Hearth Village resident is the only Virginian to place in the racquetball competition in the National Senior Games that took place in Birmingham, Alabama on June 10th.

    Over 10,000 athletes from across the country, ranging in age from 60 to 94 years young, competed in a variety of sports at the 2017 National Senior Games.  Events included basketball, Pickleball, swimming and track and field.

    Skutt competed in the local senior games held in Blacksburg, then traveled to Newport News to compete in the state competition before going on to the National Senior Games. The racquetball athlete said that he seeks to inspire others--including those much younger than he--to become active and healthy.

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg that provides a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home. 

  • Warm Hearth Foundation Receives Stewardship Award from Leading Age Virginia

    The Warm Hearth Foundation was recognized by Leading Age Virginia at its annual conference on June 8, 2017 as the leader in stewardship among its 123 members from throughout the state.  The Warm Hearth Foundation receives and administers funds to support seniors living at Warm Hearth Village who are in need of financial assistance and/or support with basic necessities that include food, shelter, personal care items and health care services. These needs total more than $500,000 each year and the Foundation continually seeks innovative programs and partnerships to engage the community in its fundraising efforts to support neighbors in need throughout the Warm Hearth Village campus.

    The Stewardship Award recognizes organizations who act in a manner worthy of trust and respect and who advance public trust and confidence in aging services.  Focused on the scope of public impact and benefit to the community, The Foundation’s efforts to collaborate with businesses, individuals and community organizations to raise funds for seniors in need at the Blacksburg based retirement community were applauded by Leading Age Virginia.

    Warm Hearth Village has been a member of Leading Age Virginia since 1981.  A state-wide organization focusing on education, advocacy, community building, stewardship, not-for-profit leadership, and positive aging for seniors, members and partners include nonprofit organizations representing the entire field of aging services and continuum of care, state and business partners, consumer groups, foundations and research partners.  The mission of LeadingAge Virginia is to expand the world of possibilities for aging

    Warm Hearth Village is a nonprofit senior living community in Blacksburg offering a full continuum of living options on our campus and in the home.