Dennis and Ruth Share a Special Birthday Tradition

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Ruth's Benchmark StoryRuth and Dennis Meet for Their Third Annual Birthday Breakfast.

Feb. 17 is a special day at Evans Park at Newton Corner in Newton, Mass. It’s the day when Director of Financial Operations Dennis Murphy joins resident Ruth Gordon for their birthday breakfast. The dining staff gives Dennis and Ruth a semi-private table and invites them to order anything they want. Ruth always gets her favorite, blueberry pancakes.

While training to be an executive director, Dennis shadowed Evans Park Executive Director Todd Raymond, and discovered that he and Ruth shared the same birthday. Thus began an annual birthday breakfast tradition that just reached its third year. 

Ruth, who celebrated her 90th birthday, has lived at Evans Park for 23 years and calls herself a "charter member" of Benchmark.

After exchanging birthday wishes and cards, Ruth and Dennis talk current events and politics, Ruth’s favorite subjects. “Being with Ruth is delightful,” says Dennis. “She’s got a wonderful sense of humor. And she’s very direct — she tells you just how she feels. It’s always a great time and a bit of a birthday present to myself. I’m looking forward to Ruth’s 91st.”

Ruth's Benchmark StoryRuth and Dennis Meet for Their Third Annual Birthday Breakfast.

Feb. 17 is a special day at Evans Park at Newton Corner in Newton, Mass. It’s the day when Director of Financial Operations Dennis Murphy joins resident Ruth Gordon for their birthday breakfast. The dining staff gives Dennis and Ruth a semi-private table and invites them to order anything they want. Ruth always gets her favorite, blueberry pancakes.

While training to be an executive director, Dennis shadowed Evans Park Executive Director Todd Raymond, and discovered that he and Ruth shared the same birthday. Thus began an annual birthday breakfast tradition that just reached its third year. 

Ruth, who celebrated her 90th birthday, has lived at Evans Park for 23 years and calls herself a "charter member" of Benchmark.

After exchanging birthday wishes and cards, Ruth and Dennis talk current events and politics, Ruth’s favorite subjects. “Being with Ruth is delightful,” says Dennis. “She’s got a wonderful sense of humor. And she’s very direct — she tells you just how she feels. It’s always a great time and a bit of a birthday present to myself. I’m looking forward to Ruth’s 91st.”

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