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PLATINUM LEED HOUSE IN LAKE PLACID
Creative Healing Connections, a North Country nonprofit group that provides arts and healing retreats, is hosting a benefit cocktail party at the new home of Larry and Nancy Master in Lake Placid on August 16th. The home just received a Platinum LEED Certification.
“We use the arts in nature to help women with cancer and chronic illnesses, female veterans and female military spouses to heal,” commented CHC board president and founder Naj Wikoff of Keene Valley. “What an incredible opportunity to see a platinum LEED certified home that is lovingly built with the planet’s health in mind, while learning about healing women in nature.”
LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED is an international standard created to help building owners with green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. LEED certification provides independent, third-party verification that a building, home or community has met their standards so that the homeowner or home buyer can be assured that it was constructed in an environmentally sound manner and built to last.
Founded in 1999 and also built to last, Creative Healing Connections gives scholarships to nine out of ten of its female participants, and this event will help raise scholarship funds for 2012 and 2013.
“In May we held the nation’s first retreat for female military spouses and partners in Saranac Lake,” said CHC director Martha Spear of Upper Jay. “It was a huge success and we are so grateful to all our funders for making it possible.”
“We are offering three more retreats this year,” remarked CHC co-founder Fran Yardley, of Tupper Lake, who also leads retreats. “Two for female veterans in August and one for women with cancer and chronic illnesses in September. All the retreats are filling up fast.” Yardley, a storyteller, will be one of several featured guests at the Masters’ home.
“While this event is a fund-raiser for CHC, we want anyone to come who is interested in enjoying this private house and garden opening,” said event co-chair Susan Rose Hockert of Wilmington. “Entry to the event is free, with an optional donation of $50 per person suggested.”
Larry and Nancy Master are “best friends who have been married for 40 years,” according to the website of the Adirondack Community Trust where they have a donor advised fund. Larry serves on the board of several environmental and conservation groups, while Nancy serves on the board of the North Country SPCA. The new home is the fulfillment of their lifelong dream to live lightly on the land.
“I am very happy we can do this for Creative Healing Connections,” said Larry in a recent phone call.
“Relatedly, please save the date for our 2013 Mad Hatters Ball featuring Roby Politi as the Mad Hatter: Thursday, March 21st at 5:30 p.m. at Heaven Hill Farm in Lake Placid,” added Franny Preston, of Saranac Lake, who co-chairs the event with Hockert and Erin Perkins of Lake Placid.
To RSVP for this event please contact director Martha Spear at 518-390-3899 or email@example.com.