Story and photos by Elaine Anne Watt
April 19th appropriately was cold and blustery for Windy Hill Foundation’s grand opening celebration of its newest community, Washburn Place, in Marshall, Virginia. Honoring Judy Washburn and her deceased husband Lang, and Lisa and Zohar Ben Dov for their many generous efforts on behalf of the Foundation and to bringing to fruition six years of work, Bob Dale, Executive Director, thanked them for their tireless commitment to Windy Hill.
The Ben Dovs donated the land for the community along with the land across the street where the new Middleburg Humane Foundation Shelter is under construction.
Washburn spoke of her husband’s desire “to make sure that there is a roof over the heads of families in our community that they can afford.” Pointing out that both an American flag and a local fire truck were in attendance as per her husband’s request, Washburn said he wanted it “to remind everyone of their duty to perform service to your community every day, a lesson he learned in the Pacific” while serving in the military.
Dale said naming the affordable housing community after the Washburns “was the least we could do” after all they have done for Windy Hill almost since its inception.
Because of the many generous donors and contributors of time, resources and labor, we now have 30 attractive, well-appointed three-bedroom affordable housing units for the hard-working local families of policemen, fire-fighters, veterans and others that can now live close to the communities they serve.
Congratulations on another great success! ML