Creekside hosts annual picnic

July 14, 2017 - Picnic Time


CARBONDALE PA – What’s not to adore about a summer picnic? Gather family and friends together, suffer good dishes uninformed off a grill, supplement some toe-tapping music, splendid fever with a cloud-filled blue sky, and everybody is certain to have a grand time.

Recently, scarcely 75 residents of Creekside Health Rehabilitation and 60 of their family members and friends did only that during a center’s Annual Family Picnic. “We’ve enjoyed holding this cruise any year given 2001,” pronounced Holly Roman, Activities Director and a event’s organizer for a final 3 years. “It’s always a good time for everyone. And currently it’s unequivocally smashing to see that many of a 81 residents are out here underneath a tents to share a fun.”

Among them was Kevin McGowan, 81. “I haven’t missed a cruise given we came here in 2008,” pronounced a former Milford PA resident. Sporting his ever-present Yankee round cap, a fervent ball fan was apparently also enjoying a “great hotdogs!”

Joining Kevin was his hermit Dennis and family crony Mary Hennessey of NJ. “I revisit my hermit during slightest twice a week,” pronounced Dennis. “We both adore ball and suffer examination a Yankee Channel together.”

Carbondale’s Michael Luczkovich, 90, changed to Creekside only 9 months ago and remarkable that he has “no complaints. The cruise is fun and a food here is really good.”

Laughing, his daughter Joanne Schmidt of Scranton added, “Dad only loves to eat … his favorite plate is literally anything! The cruise is a good time for everybody to get together too, and I’m blissful Dad is creation new friends.”

Another newer resident, Ann Laguzzi, 81 of Carbondale, enjoyed a cruise with her husband, Joe. “Ann hasn’t been here long,” Joe noted, “and Creekside is providing earthy therapy to assistance her travel again. In a meantime, I’m here roughly any day. Ann loves to read, and we customarily share a daily paper together.”

Smiling happily with a outrageous fragrance of uninformed flowers from her daughter, former NJ proprietor Elizabeth Ott, 52, has been during Creekside given 2012. “My daughter Tiffany is in Carbondale, and she’s here often,” Elizabeth said. “But we also keep adult with family and friends on Facebook when they can’t get out here. I’m always bustling here, too, and suffer portrayal ceramics and personification BINGO with other residents.”

While enjoyed by a attendees, this year’s annual cruise was some-more than only food, family, and fun. “We motionless to tie together some of a fundraising with a family day since a residents are mostly looking for ways to give behind to people in a community,” pronounced Roman. “Much like a ‘council meeting,’ we brought a residents and staff together to plead some ideas as to what we could do. Afterward, we all motionless to lift income for 3 opposite foundations.”

While many of a Creekside residents are influenced with memory detriment and “because we coordinate a group any year to travel with hundreds of others during a PNC Field in Moosic, a group’s initial preference was a Alzheimer’s Foundation,” Roman said. “The residents also chose to assistance account breast cancer investigate since they have possibly dealt with it themselves or know someone who has. Their third choice to account was Parents Loving Children by Autism since a residents wanted to do something associated to children … and a Director of Nursing has an Autistic child.”

Throughout a afternoon’s event, residents and guest comparison were means to assistance lift supports for any of their 3 selected foundations. There were dozens of basket raffles with gifts donated from countless area businesses along with a particular list for any foundation. Colorful ribbons, beaded chains, keyrings, and pinwheels could be bought for a tiny concession in support of a favorite charity. There was also a asperse tank that featured Creekside’s possess Nichole Laub, where, for $2, pitchers could bombardment 3 balls to ‘dunk’ their Director of Nursing!

“We got a bit artsy for a Autism Foundation,” Roman added. “Since a nonplus square is a Autistic symbol, donors could buy a tiny nonplus square on that they could pull or write something. Later, we’ll glue all those pieces together to emanate a wall design in a activity department.” Roman suggested following that a inexhaustible $215 was donated during a day’s festivities.

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