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By: Marissa Salvesen on July 9th, 2014

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UMH Residents Throw Jonathan (The UConn Mascot) A Retirement Party

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The puppy visited the community with his predecessor, Jonathan XIII, who is entering a well-deserved retirement, having served as the University’s mascot since his debut in March 2008. A special retirement party was held to honor and celebrate Jonathan XIII and welcome Jonathan XIV into his new role as UConn’s fourteenth Husky mascot.

The party, organized by Activities Director, Mary Ann Milano and hosted by the staff and residents of Crosby Commons, featured a special gift presentation to both dogs, UConn-themed decorations, a UConn cake, an introduction to the dogs, and plenty of time to visit with both huskies. Crosby resident and UConn grad, John Balog, presented the dogs with their gifts and led the guests in the singing of the Connecticut Husky Mascot Song. Staff, residents, and family members, many who are avid UConn fans, gathered for the retirement celebration dressed in their UConn best.

The community was delighted to welcome the huskies and thrilled to have the opportunity to meet and pet the dogs and wish them well. Crosby Commons Assisted Living Community is located on the Wesley Village Campus at 580 Long Hill Avenue in Shelton, CT.

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About Marissa Salvesen

My journey into the world of senior living began when I started working for United Methodist Homes in 2010. Starting as an Activities Director at one of our-winning assisted and independent living communities and then transitioning to Marketing and Promotions Manager for UMH, I now work as the Manager of Mission Development, fostering the Mission and Values of our organization. I love sharing stories about the many ways we build meaningful relationships and enrich the lives of those we serve, and am proud to be part of building UMH’s 140-year legacy of caring. Wondering what makes our communities such special places to live and work? Connect with me and find out!

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