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Donation to St. Francis Commons Provides Residents with Gift of Music

If you have visited St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence in Oswego recently then you may have heard the sounds of a new addition coming from the Grand Dining Room.

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St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence received a Chautauqua upright piano recently, the generous gift of Diana McRae. The piano can be found in the Grand Dining Room and is being enjoyed on a daily basis. Listening to the new addition (left to right) are residents Mary Jane Lacey and Judy Cornell with Betty Johnson at the piano and the piano’s donor Diana McRae.

Thanks to the generosity of Diana McRae, piano music now provides a wonderful backdrop to the dining experience and adds a welcome chance for any resident musician who wants to keep their playing “in tune.”

McRae donated an upright (Model) piano and since its arrival, has been a focal point of conversation and serves as a gathering place for friends to share a song and a laugh together.

“Diana’s gift is something that will add to the quality of life here at our residence now and for years to come,” said St. Francis Commons director Julie Chetney. “The piano is in use on a daily basis and has added another touch of home here at St. Francis. Nothing sounds as good as when one of our many resident musicians sits down to play for the entertainment of their neighbors, or just to practice a favorite tune. On behalf of everyone here at St. Francis, we extend a sincere thanks to Diana for her generous gift, and we are only too glad to provide a beloved instrument with a new home.”

The piano donated to St. Francis Commons is a rare Chautauqua model, manufactured by the Chautauqua Piano and Organ Company. The firm never built a large volume of instruments and Chautauqua pianos and organs are exceedingly rare. The firm went out of business well before the Great Depression era.

The St. Luke – John Foster Burden Fund is the fundraising and development corporation established to receive and manage all gifts given for the benefit of those receiving services from our St. Luke Family of Caring – St. Luke Health Services, Bishop’s Commons, Michaud Residential Health Services and St. Francis Commons Assisted Living Residence.

The St. Luke – John Foster Burden Fund is approved by the IRS as a 501-c (3) organization, making gifts tax deductible to the limits allowed by law (EIN: 22-2460821).

The JFB Fund provides a wonderful opportunity for individuals, foundations, businesses, corporations and community organizations to partner with our not-for-profit affiliates and support our future.

The St. Luke-John Foster Burden Fund welcomes all gifts, large or small, restricted or unrestricted.

For more information, please email us at: [email protected]