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Funds Raised for Local Girl Scout Battling Leukemia

Howell, NJ — Riley Risden, a local girl scout, has always been a welcome volunteer at Brandywine Living at Howell, a provider of senior living. Especially during the height of the pandemic when she collected and dropped off activity books to bring a smile to residents. After learning about Riley’s struggle with Leukemia, the community wanted to return the kindness.

The community hosted a “Grandparents Day Gift Auction” on September 12 during National Assisted Living Week to help Riley’s family during this hard time.

Senior Female Enjoying Ice Cream During Grandparents Day

Residents, families, and team members took their chances on raffle baskets and had the opportunity to purchase #RileyStrong t-shirts, bracelets and magnets. Other features of the event included live entertainment and Mr Softee Ice Cream.

Evelyn O’Donnell, Deputy Mayor Of Howell, was a special guest during the event. She presented a Proclamation for National Assisted Living Week honoring the care provided to senior residents of the community.

Howell Mayor Presents Proclamation to Brandywine Living

“We thank everyone who donated gift baskets and purchased t-shirts or bracelets. Riley has always been supportive of our residents and it was our turn to support her,” commented Amy Schneider, Brandywine Living Escapades Producer who organized the fundraiser.

In addition to the auction, the community hosted a toy drive during the week. Toys were collected for Riley and other children at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.

National Assisted Living Week was established in 1995 by NCAL to provide a unique opportunity for residents, their loved ones, team members, and the community to recognize the important role of assisted living in caring for America’s seniors.

About Brandywine Living

Brandywine Living (formerly Brandywine Senior Living) is a market leader in luxury senior living, including assisted living, memory care and independent living. Founded in 1996, and headquartered in Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, Brandywine currently operates 31 communities in seven states (PA, NJ, NY, CT, VA, MD & DE).  For more information, contact Brandywine Living at, or call 856-813-2000.