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Baptist Retirement Community’s Chapel Renovated Thanks to $115,000 Grant from the Art and Eva Camuñez Tucker Foundation

A $115,000 grant from the Art and Eva Camuñez Tucker Foundation allowed Baptist Retirement Community to renovate its chapel, the Elsie Gayer Chapel. The renovations were revealed today at an event attended by more than 100 residents of the senior living community and various San Angelo leaders.

The event started at 2:00 p.m. with a program featuring Aaron Hargett, senior executive director of BRC; Kevin McSpadden, chaplain at BRC; and Dr. Albert Reyes, president and CEO of Buckner International, the faith-based nonprofit that manages the community through its ministry, Buckner Retirement Services.

In addition to residents and associates with BRC and Buckner, the event was attended by past and present members of the Buckner International board of trustees, representatives of the Tucker Foundation, Angelo State University, and local churches, and San Angelo Mayor Brenda Gunter.

According to its website, the Tucker Foundation provides funding support for the Catholic Church and its related charities, as well as for San Angelo-area charitable, scientific, literacy, or educational organizations. The relationship between the Tucker Foundation and BRC dates back to 1999 when the foundation helped support the construction of Sagecrest, BRC’s memory care residences.

“Today we give our deepest thanks to our friends with the Art and Eva Camuñez Tucker Foundation who have supported the growth and development of Baptist Retirement Community for 25 years,” said Hargett. “As a faith-based senior living community, the Elsie Gayer Chapel is part of the heart of our community, providing a place for prayer, worship, and fellowship.”

The renovations to the Elsie Gayer Chapel included new flooring, paint, window blinds, lighting, foyer updates, and a new AV system.

Following the program was a reception and optional tours of BRC and its levels of continuing care, including independent living, assisted living, memory care, and skilled nursing.


About Baptist Retirement Community: 

Baptist Retirement Community, a Buckner Retirement Services senior living community, is a faith-based nonprofit community located on a 100-acre campus in San Angelo. The Life Plan community offers independent living, skilled or long-term nursing, memory care assisted living, personal assistance program and outpatient therapy. Residents have access to on-site amenities such as a pharmacy, health clinic, chapel, beauty salons, a restaurant and fitness centers. Buckner Retirement Services is part of Buckner International, a ministry founded in 1879 in Texas, which today serves people in the United States and internationally through a variety of programs designed to protect children, strengthen families, transform generations and serve seniors. Buckner also provides humanitarian aid and crisis relief to poverty-stricken children and families. Visit to learn more or get involved.

Information Contact:

Josué Lara

Public Relations Coordinator

Buckner International