Built on a tradition of compassion.

Traditions enable us to honor the past, celebrate the present, and provide a legacy for the future. The traditions honored at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge enrich our lives, strengthen our connection to one another and offer a foundation upon which to build our future.

The Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation supports both our residents and associates through a variety of charitable efforts described below.  To make a tax-deductible gift in support of those efforts, you may donate from this website or through one of the options described below under How You Can Help.


What we do.

The Foundation gathers private support for charitable activities. The primary focus of the Foundation is to provide a safety net to residents who outlive their financial resources. The Fellowship program provides confidential support to both current and prospective residents who need assistance in meeting the costs of living at Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge. No one has ever had to leave the community for lack of funds.

The Foundation also offers support to our hardworking associates whose caring and dedication to their work make a tremendous difference in the happiness and well-being of all who call our community home.


The Newton and Wilma Thomas Education Fund offers financial assistance for educational expenses to qualifying full- and part-time associates. The Foundation will pay up to $4,000 per year for full-time associates and up to $3,000 per year for part-time associates to cover expenses such as tuition, books, lab and testing fees, and licensure certification.

We recognize that unexpected obstacles may arise in a person’s life resulting in a financial crisis. The Associates Emergency Assistance program will provide up to $2,000 in assistance per year to eligible full- and part-time associates who are experiencing financial hardship due to emergency situations beyond their control.

The Foundation supports additional initiatives above and beyond the amenities already a part of WCBR living. These include dementia care, music and art therapy, concerts and speakers, the library, and our Clinical Pastoral Education program.

How you can help.

Your tax-deductible gift to Westminster-Canterbury of the Blue Ridge Foundation will assist us in helping those at our community when they need extra support.

For assistance with any of the following, please contact Vice President of Development Erin Garvey via email or by calling 434-972-3281.


  • Donate from this website, or send us your gift by mail
  • Gifts of appreciated stock
  • IRA charitable rollovers
  • Bequests and trusts
  • Charitable gift annuity or remainder trust
  • Gifts of real estate or personal property
  • Beneficiary gifts of life insurance or assets from a qualified retirement plan
  • Entrance fee refunds
  • Other planned gifts such as charitable lead trusts and assets from a qualified retirement plan

Gifting to honor or memorialize another.

Would you like to honor a treasured neighbor, friend or family member? You may direct your donation to a particular program or leave it undesignated for use where it is most needed. We will send a letter to an individual you designate informing them of your thoughtfulness without disclosing the amount.

For assistance, please contact Director of Development, Erin Garvey via email or by calling 434-972-3281.

Foundation Board

Trustees and Officers

James C. Greene, Chairman
Alan N. Culbertson, Vice Chairman
Anna D. Buchanan, CFO/Treasurer, Non-Trustee

Gary B. Selmeczi, President and CEO
Erin Garvey, Secretary
Bob W. Tucker, Jr., Ex Officio

Cyndy Alaimo
William E. Carter, Jr.
James P. Holden
Denise Lowit
Walter Maeder
Lawrence J. Martin

John E. Scott, Jr.
Eric D. Smith
Julie Stamm
Ross Thomas
Constance M. Waite