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Grenada Gardens Grand Opening and Madrone Hospice Fundraiser

Wanting to show off after years of renovating and upgrading Grenada Gardens Senior Living, the whole staff dressed up in fancy cocktail attire to host a High  Roller Night as a fundraising event for Madrone Hospice and a grand reopening of their facility. Literally, the red carpet was rolled out for the pillars of the business community to enjoy an evening of luxury and entertainment as the staff at Grenada Gardens Senior Living hosted a night of fun to support the non-profit Madrone Hospice. 

Community Liaisonย Jace Freitas & Executive Director Mike Burstein

Executive Director Mike Burstein said that it took three months of preparation for this double event. “It was a great success for the number of people that came from Redding, Medford, and Ashland to attend. That is about 180 miles round trip.” 

the Spa

Community Liaison Jace Freitas greeted people at the door and offered little tours of the facility’s newly added spa, cinema, and restaurant in the assisted and independent living, and memory care facility. 

the Cinema

Chris Clover, the current Executive of Madrone Hospice with  Audrey Flower, the original Executive Director of Madrone Hospice that she started in 1985 

Audrey Flower, the original Executive Director of Madrone Hospice started in 1985, and now, 40 years later,  with Chris Clover, the current Executive Director, offered words of appreciation and support as they visited among the 150 to 160 people that attended. 

Retired Superior court judge and writer, Bob Kaster looking over the silent auction.

Yreka Bob is also a founding board member with Madrone Hospice.

“Community collaboration has kept Madrone going through the decades,” says Chris Clover who started as a volunteer with Madrone Hospice. “It has been an honor to meet and get to know all the people and representatives of organizations in this community in this past year. Madrone Hospice has been built out of these people and the community volunteering to help provide a service that we all desperately need in the end. We are an example that Madrone Hospice can do well and survive in a small/rural area like Siskiyou County. Madrone Hospice acts as a model for community collaboration.”

At the Madrone Hospice Fundraiser, attendee Jake Vermilyea talked with Nancy Ogren who is the District 4, County Board of Supervisors.

Fancy hors-d’oeuvres and cocktails were offered in the top-notch dining room that was lined with tables for playing poker, mingle-bingo, introductions, and also an area to dance to the music. There was a silent auction and a raffle so everyone went away with something. Many of the supporters and sponsors got to know each other during the night as there was time for visiting during the mixer. The connections in Siskiyou County for the health and wellness of people is huge. 

Hospice volunteers Ann Burton and Tana Gliatto having fun toasting at the Granada Gardens Senior Living Fundraiser for Madrone Hospice. 

FNP Savannah Kenny, with The Well in Yreka, a wellness center that practices integrative medicine and has a gym for functional fitness, bioidentical hormone replacement therapy, and physical therapy, shared ideas with others in similar businesses like Granada Gardens and Madrone Hospice helping others.

“What a change this facility has gone through. Years ago, when I was a kid, we came here to perform (singing) and it was a totally different place. The difference is amazing.”

Co-Owner of The Well, Emily Sander M.D.

The original building was called Shepard of God when it closed 7 years ago. It was more like a mission or church as Burstein recalls, “The original owner, Charles, was in his 80s and people took advantage of him. When I walked in and saw how bad it was, I vowed to turn this complex around and promised to make this the best place for seniors in the north state.” 

 Office manager Jackie Greico and administration assistant Jeanette Bosio with Exec Mike Burstin at the Granada Gardens Senior Living from Desk

Originally, the building was a motel called Granada Inn. It sits just off Highway A-12 in Granada. But now, it is a destination spot with its own restaurant and a professional chef to provide nutritional meals. At first, 40% were hired for food preparation for the facility, and now 100% can be focused on residential care. The new restaurant is called Gigi’s Diner and is for catering only. There is a plan to open a smaller restaurant called Italianos.  It will be more of a “grab and go” combination restaurant of pizzas, subs, and expressos.  

Some of the sponsors and supporters for this event include

Archer Mechanical, Dignity Health, The Well, Grocery Outlet, The Siskiyou Family YMCA, West Coast Paving, Strings Italian Cafe, Solanos, Smoked Tomato Pie, Sunshine Realty, Shasta Gravity Adventures, Ralph Staritt, Rain Rock Casino, Open Sky Gallery, Equine LLC, Etna Creek Outfitters, Fairchild Medical Center, Lake Shastina Golf Resort, Liquor Expo, Mt. Shasta, Bodywork, and Kims-Oils4Life. 

“We really Care. It is the little things.” 

Granada Gardens Senior Living employee Jeanette Bosilo

For more information, or to help Madrone Hospice go to 

madronehospice.org  or call (530) 842-3160

For more about Granada Gardens Senior Living, go to www.grenadagardens.com,

call (530) 486-6166 or email [email protected]


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2 Comments

  1. L Keyser-Boswell

    Weโ€™re these photos by the professional photographer who was there? I do not see a note

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