The staff, directors, residents and clients of Liberty Village marked the community’s 30th anniversary Thursday with a low-key celebration that included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an open house. 

On Nov. 1, 1988, a ribbon-cutting ceremony was held to celebrate the opening of Pekin Manor. Pekin Manor was the first phase of a retirement community that is known today as Liberty Village of Pekin. The complex has since expanded to include single family and duplex homes, retirement apartments, skilled nursing, Alzheimer’s and dementia care, a rehabilitation program and a fitness center.

“We’re very proud to have been here serving the community for 30 years,” said Patty Miller, Liberty Village of Pekin director of Marketing and Sales.

Pekin Mayor John McCabe and Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Bill Fleming attended the event.

“We’re very progressive,” said Becky Rohrs, Liberty Village of Pekin’s Admissions director. “Our owner, Don Fike, had a vision of continuum care campuses for seniors. I’ve worked here on and off since Liberty Village opened. I was here for the first ribbon-cutting, and I couldn’t work for a better company.”

Fike’s vision has expanded over the years, Rohrs added. There are Liberty Village retirement communities throughout Illinois, as well as in Iowa, Nevada and Florida. She believes that Liberty Village complexes have been successful because the company focuses first and foremost on residents.

“We want our residents to have a comfortable, clean, safe place in which to live,” she said. “We’re committed to making their stay with us to be the best experience we can provide them. After 30 years here, we continue to earn the term ‘simply the finest.’”