Boulder Symphony and Balfour Senior Living
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Boulder Symphony and Balfour Senior Living (7.1.20)

Host a Mother’s Day event to remember!

Deborah Reed Fowler of DRF Real Estate and Carrie Gray of Balfour Senior Living


Mother’s Day at the Balfour Senior Living was pretty special this year, despite the current circumstances. Balfour Senior Living and the Boulder Symphony have enjoyed working in partnership for some time, and plans had been in place to create a special in-person musical event for residents.

With the changes needed due to social distancing requirements, the partners wanted to think about how to bring something of the spirit of the event alive, rather than simply cancelling. Brainstorming happened via Zoom call, and Boulder Symphony board member Deborah Read Fowler suggested the possibility of a virtual concert, preceded by a gift delivery announcing the event to residents a few days before.

DRF Team Real estate coordinated and sponsored local confectioner Joan’s Petite Sweets’ wonderful themed cupcakes, which arrived along with printed invitations for residents. Then on Mother’s Day itself, a very special virtual concert took place.

The event was hosted by the Symphony Music Director and Conductor Devin Patrick Hughes and featured many of the symphony’s musicians. There were even some family members involved, which added to the intimate and multi-generational feel of the experience.

Devin commented, “It has been incredible to see the heart, spirit, and creativity of the Boulder Symphony’s musicians during these times. It really shows how important it is for organizations to reach out right now to communities. Boulder Symphony has always been about inclusion of community, such as for our sensory-friendly concerts — it has always been a big part of our mission.”

Carrie Gray, director of sales at the Balfour Longmont location, was charmed by both the concept and the delivery. “We love our partnership with the Boulder Symphony for many reasons, and it has been shown that music brings enormous benefits to seniors, such as calming, improvement of cognitive abilities, and overall happiness.”

I think the concert really hit the mark for mothers everywhere — I know that I felt the emotional pull when I was watching it! And people came together — some families listened apart, but at the same time, and everyone felt the sense of community. Plus, the cupcakes that were delivered in the run-up were very well received! This ended up being a wonderful opportunity for families to connect in difficult times.”
Boulder Symphony’s Special Mother’s Day Concert for Balfour can still be accessed on their YouTube channel.

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