Peabody Place Gets Fundraising Help from Newly Formed Auxiliary

Group formerly helped Franklin Hospital

Press release
The new Peabody Place Auxiliary group consists of: Front Row: Pam Hannan, Co-Chair, Peabody Place Auxiliary and Member Peabody Board of Managers; Wanda Belyea, Treasurer, Peabody Board of Managers and Philanthropy Committee Member;  Kathy Fuller, Secretary, Peabody Board of Managers and Philanthropy Committee Member; Christine Dzujna, Co-Chair, Peabody Place Auxiliary and Peabody Home Corporate Member; Leanne Hamilton, Peabody Place Auxiliary Treasurer; Beverly Brewer, Peabody Place Auxiliary Director; Linda Finnie, Peabody Place Auxiliary Secretary; Back Row: Chris Seufert, President, Peabody Home Board of Managers; Robert ‘Bob” Lucas, Vice President Peabody Home Board of Managers and Member Philanthropy Committee; Howie Chandler, Peabody Home Executive Director; not shown Maggie Lohmann, Peabody Place Auxiliary Director. Photo and caption: Marylee Gorham

Peabody Place, Franklin, announces the formation of the Peabody Auxiliary, comprising a well-connected professional group of women interested in promoting and supporting the mission of this senior living community in the Lakes Region.
Peabody Place represents the transition of the older Peabody Home; a beloved post-war mansion on Central Street, where seniors from the area could live well, contemplating their later years with grace and dignity. 

This former mill town is currently undergoing revitalization and major capital investment with the refurbishments of manufacturing buildings, a steady downtown infusion of new businesses, upgraded facades, and real estate renovations that retain the light industrial vibe of interior brick, high tin ceilings, and exposed ductwork. 

East on Central, the new whitewater park enjoys construction, while west on Central the new Peabody will be open in late February. Meanwhile, the newly formed charitable arm of Peabody Place will continue what has always been a deeply embedded community resource.

Auxiliary Co-Chair Christine Dzujna has successfully grown the group from humble beginnings in 2009, starting with a dozen people from her church, the Bessie Rowell School, Business and Professional Women’s Franklin chapter, and her own neighborhood. The group separated from Franklin Regional Hospital when LRGHealthcare merged with Concord Hospital. 

The Auxiliary historically has a strong track record of fundraising and has supported many programs in its prior iteration, including Lights of Memory, Senior Safety Day, Tanger Outlets’ Annual Fit for a Cure 5K, in addition to hosting the Mom Prom and running a wildly successful gift shop which also hosted the Christmas In July sale.

Christine Dzujna says “Our Auxiliary worked hard over the years to support the hospital and enjoyed every minute. I personally look forward to being a part of the Peabody Place Auxiliary. They say, when one door closes another opens. We’re thrilled to lend our skills, enthusiasm, and goodwill to Peabody Place and look forward to many wonderful projects!”

Howard Chandler, Executive Director, said, “The Peabody Place Auxiliary will quickly prove itself to be important not just to our members, but to the greater Franklin community. Peabody, as a charitable not-for-profit organization, is comprised of many parts: our residents, their families, staff, volunteers, corporate members, our board of managers, and now we extend a warm welcome to the Peabody Place Auxiliary. 

“They’re a terrific group of dedicated, energetic, community-minded folk who will not only help our residents, but will promote our charitable mission and support various initiatives throughout the Three Rivers region.”

Peabody Place is a private not-for-profit 501(c)3 senior living community offering assisted living, hospice and respite care, in addition to memory support and, in 2023, independent living. To learn more about Peabody Place, visit or call 603 934-3718.