|SPRINGFIELD Mason-Wright Foundation of Springfield, which has provided donor-supported assisted living for the elderly poor since 1892, has elected three new members to its Board of Trustees.|
The new trustees are Ellen W. Freyman, Esq., Cheryl A. Stanley, Ed.D and Walter Woodgett.
Freyman of Longmeadow, is an attorney with Shatz, Schwartz & Fentin, PC of Springfield. She received her B.S. from Pennsylvania State University and J.D. from Western New England College.
Stanley is from Springfield and is a Professor of Education at Westfield State College. She received her M.A. from George Washington University and her Ed.D. from the University of Massachusetts.
Woodgett is also from Springfield and is a corporate registered investment advisor with MassMutual Financial Group. Woodgett received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
The foundation operates the Mason-Wright Retirement Community on Walnut Street in Springfield's Mason Square. It has a total of 118 assisted living, dementia care and independent living units.
Its history traces to 1892, when Primus Mason, a real estate entrepreneur, left a bequest of $25,000 to found a "home for aged men." Another spectacular gift was made in 1944 when Horace P. Wright, a cigar manufacturer, made provisions through his will for more than $500,000 to be directed to the foundation.
Mason was an African-American and Wright a Caucasian. Their gifts, along with the support of other donors, have enabled equal access for low-income elderly to quality care as they age, regardless of race or national origin.
The foundation's Web site is www.masonwrightfoundation.org.
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