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Unique Event to Be Held at Iconic Site


For release: February 25, 2020
Contact: Su-Yin Bickner,

A landmark Berkeley go-to place for weddings, graduation celebrations, important birthdays and much more, is partnering with a local non-profit to salute a vibrant group of older adults.

         The Claremont Club and Spa, an iconic hotel that is more than 100 years old, is teaming up with Ashby Village to honor 41 local residents who are 90 years and older.  The guest of honor will be Floramay Moser, Ashby Village’s first centenarian.  Ashby Village is one of hundreds of villages across the country that help older adults live independently in their homes using a network of trained volunteers to provide services and social support.

         “We feel privileged to be able to acknowledge the contributions and lives of these incredible individuals,” says Joseph Blaszczyk, Public Relations Manager for the Claremont.  “Claremont’s rich history serves as the perfect location to celebrate this special occasion.” The hotel and conference center will host a high tea on Friday, March 13, 2020 for the Ashby Village members.

         “Some of these folks have been members of Ashby Village for almost a decade.Some started as volunteers.  A number of them are on our Board of Directors.  They are active in our discussion groups, walking, culture and arts programs and other activities. They live in Berkeley, Emeryville, Albany, Richmond, Kensington, El Cerrito and parts of Oakland” says Andy Gaines, Executive Director of Ashby Village. He says many of them recall attending the Claremont for weddings, meetings, birthdays, big band music and more.

         Joan Cole, a longtime, active, over-ninety village member who is involved with the Board of Directors, credits Ashby Village with helping her stay healthy and engaged.

         “My interaction with young volunteers, other village members and at social events makes my life busy and vibrant,” she says.   “I’m delighted that we get to celebrate at the Claremont!” As a member of the Claremont she swam there daily for 46 years, only quitting a year and a half ago when she retired from her private practice.

         (Note to media:  To arrange to attend the Ashby Village Claremont Tea or to interview AV Executive Director Andy Gaines, AV member Joan Cole or other AV 90+ members, please contact Su-Yin Bickner,