Lunder Foundation Donates $500,000 to Memory Care at The Cedars

Paula and Peter Lunder, The Lunder Foundation

Paula and Peter Lunder, The Lunder Foundation

The Cedars is delighted to announce that The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family has awarded a $500,000 grant toward The Cedars’ memory support programs serving older adults in Maine.  In recognition of this gift, The Cedars will name the “Lunder Memory Care Household” for assisted living on the first floor of the newly constructed Sam L. Cohen Households, which will officially open in March 2021.   The gift will create a permanent endowment to support the development and operation of the “Lunder Memory Support Programs” serving residents of The Cedars.

Richard Borts, Chair of the Board of Trustees of The Cedars, remarked that “This wonderful investment from Paula and Peter Lunder and The Lunder Foundation is an affirmation of The Cedars’ leadership work in caring for the most vulnerable among us, and a direct result of creating the first Household Model in Maine and Northern New England serving older adults.”

Kathryn Callnan, President & CEO of The Cedars, is ecstatic about this gift. “We are so grateful to the Lunders for their investment in this project that will benefit older adults now and for generations to come. The Lunder Memory Care Household gives The Cedars the opportunity to offer assisted living memory care, a new level of care for our community. The Households will provide a home environment focused on social engagement, innovative programming, and quality care in a warm welcoming environment.”

The organization is also delighted to acknowledge the extraordinary gift of artwork from eight artists that accompany this leadership investment from the Lunder Family and Foundation. These pieces will grace the walls of the Lunder Memory Care Household.  This gift of art from the Lunders’ collection will include works by Deborah Beckwith, Camprio, Eleanor M. Carlson, Richard W. Field. Marion Gilmore, Lobonocho, John A. Neff, and Yomm Vallon.   Kathryn Callnan says, “The Cedars has, over the years, been gifted many important works of art which fill our hallways and delight our residents and guests.  The addition of work from these eight artists, from Maine and beyond, elevates our art collection to one that is truly world-class among care communities in Maine and elsewhere.”

For further information please contact Katharine O’Neill at The Cedars at 207-221-7100 or