May 29, 2018
In the words of President Terry Geiling, “American Gold Star Manor is Long Beach’s best-kept-secret,” providing independent and affordable senior living for Gold Star Mothers and Fathers, veterans, and other qualified seniors. After working alongside Terry Geiling, Glen Patrick (Chief Operating Officer), Bethann Cairns (Office Manager), and other wonderful staff members, we have seen their passion and dedication towards the community and residents of Long Beach.
In 2015, the Manor announced a $58 million renovation, restoring and upgrading each of the 348 units on the property. We are glad to be assisting them with the accounting for this project. The construction project officially began in 2016, and is due to be complete in 2019. The project is possible in conjunction with investment from financial firm Raymond James and development and renovation services from Abode Communities.
Though the renovation is not complete, the collaborative efforts have rejuvenated the property to a truly beautiful place to host an honorary Memorial Day Ceremony. Onisko and Scholz was honored to be personally invited to American Gold Star Manor’s Memorial Day Ceremony by Terry Geiling. A grand American flag was displayed at the entrance of the property. Flags were displayed along the property in honor of those how have served and were lost, most of whom were the sons or daughters of American Gold Star Manor residents, or former residents.
The ceremony started with a warm greeting by Terry, followed by the Presentation of Colors, Pledge of Allegiance, and National Anthem. Two residents who had lost their sons during service, participated in the ceremony in the Invocation and Placing of the Wreath at Memorial. The Memorial Message was given by Commanding General of I Marine Expeditionary Force, Lieutenant General Lewis Craparotta who reminded the guests of the sacrifices made by those who lost their lives during service. The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute of military honor and a moment of silence for all those lost.
All those who participated in the meaningful event reminded us that Memorial Day is much more than a three day weekend, but a time to pay tribute to those who have lost their lives while serving the nation.
Onisko & Scholz, CPAs