Nascentia Health receives donation in memory of Destito – Rome Sentinel

On the 12th anniversary of his passing, Chris Destito’s family members made a memorial donation toward the renovations of the event and conference center at the upcoming Nascentia Neighborhood at the Beeches. 

The tavern will be named in memory of Chris Destito. Contributing to the donation include his wife, RoAnn Destito, the recently retired State Commissioner of General Services; son Christopher Destito Jr. and his fiancé Jennifer Calandra; his brothers Frank Destito and Orlando Destito; and sister and brother-in-law Daphne and Bill Miklovic. 

Destito was a partner in his family’s businesses, the former Beeches Restaurant and Conference Center, The Inn at the Beeches, and The Savoy Restaurant. He was involved in several community organizations until his passing on Jan. 21, 2010. RoAnn Destito shared that he was one of the founders of the Honor America Days and Mohawk Valley EDGE.

Nascentia Health purchased the former Beeches in April 2021 and have announced their plans to renovate and transform the 52-acre property to an “aging-in-place” community, while continuing to provide a conference center as an events venue to the public.

“Chris would be very supportive of the fact that Nascentia is really impacting the community,” RoAnn Destito said. “He loved the community and was very much in support of the people of Rome. Economic development, tourism and hospitality are all part of my husband’s legacy.”

Nascentia President and CEO Kate Rolf expressed her appreciation for the donation and support that the Destito family has provided to the Nascentia Neighborhood at The Beeches project.

“The proposed renovation plans will modernize the property to better meet the rapidly changing and often unmet needs of the aging adult population in the greater Rome area while preserving its history that the local community fondly remembers,” said Rolf.  

The conference center is anticipated to open for hosting private and public events in 2023.

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