People always say, “Time flies when you’re having fun,” and that is what happened in Bill Trawick’s 34 years of leadership here at Bishop Gadsden. Bill Trawick broke ground on Bishop Gadsden Episcopal Retirement Community on James Island in 1983 as the new executive director. In his 34 years as President/CEO, Bill energetically led the Community until his September 30, 2019 retirement.
In 1988, the doors of Bishop Gadsden’s Myers Hall Assisted Living opened. With only 70 residents at the time, Bill says, “We were like one big family.” By 1999, Bishop Gadsden had expanded to include skilled care, memory care, and apartments and cottages, creating a full continuum of care for residents.
Party in Myers Hall
Thirty-four years is quite the milestone of leadership, so it was only right that Bishop Gadsden celebrated Bill in an exemplary fashion. On October 16, 2019, our residents in Myers Hall Assisted Living, Read Cloister Skilled Nursing, and Arcadia Close Memory Care celebrated Bill through great food and drinks, good music, and Paolo’s Gelato. Our residents dressed their best to honor our retiring President/CEO and see the torched passed from Bill to our new President/CEO Sarah Tipton.
The Grand Celebration Continues
To continue the celebration, Bishop Gadsden welcomed more than 500 guests on the night of November 2, 2019, to officially recognize the leadership and career full of passion and service that Bill Trawick gave to Bishop Gadsden. The night began with Bill’s closest friends and family for the dedication of the Bishop Gadsden Commons, naming it the Trawick Commons. Now, as guests enter the main common area of Bishop Gadsden, they will see a plaque dedicating the Commons to Bill and a portrait that demonstrates his token of gratitude and kindness to the community.
As guests began to arrive, the magic of Bishop Gadsden became tangible. The incredible Bishop Gadsden Culinary Team created a menu that pleased everyone, with magnificent ice sculptures by our very own sous chef, Stuart Grayson. Majestic décor and a fabulous dance floor greeted guests as they wined, dined, and enjoyed their time with Bill during this magical night.
After retirement, Bill will be joining Bishop Gadsden once again as the chairperson of a special fundraising campaign supporting Bishop Gadsden’s new health and rehabilitation building, known as the “Our Shared Future” campaign. Bishop Gadsden is excited to have Bill’s hand still in the development of the Community and his vision to lead the way on this new venture. Thank you, Bill!