On Monday evening at the John Larmonie Center, Commissioner William Marlin attended the 5th anniversary celebration of the Foundation: Home Away from Home Taking Care of the Golden Age, where there were food, drinks, and dancing.
Patsy Flanders, the current President of the organization, said a few words before the ceremony started.
"We have been doing this for 5 years now, and I am happy to be here again. In 2003 we started the foundation, and we are happy to take care of the senior citizens. There are lots of women, fewer men. But we have grown from a few to many. I want to thank you for coming, and please enjoy tonight."
Commissioner Marlin provided a short introduction, but first he thanked Ms. Flanders for her tireless work with the seniors.
"It is a pleasure to be here… to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Home Away from Home Taking Care of The Golden Age Foundation. I also want to say a special thank you for the work that Patsy has done and continue to do with our beloved senior citizens."
"Not too often we see persons in the community doing something that is not beneficial to themselves. Patsy believes in this cause, this work," said Commissioner Marlin, who added that in whatever way that he can assist he will.
"I also urge the community in general, especially the seniors among us, to join the group so that they can partake in its many fun activities.
The group meets on Mondays and Fridays, from 10am to 5pm. During this time, the seniors play dominoes or other games, take part in handy crafts, or just spend time with each other.
The foundation also has several special activities, such as: dinners, carnival troupe, field trips, cruises, Grandparents day, Thanks giving day, Christmas day, birthday celebrations, among a host of other activities.
Commissioner Marlin donated a large flat panel TV, a stand, and a DVD player to the senior citizens.