Senior Summit held at 4-H Park
CENTREVILLE — The Queen Anne’s County 4-H Park in Centreville was filled with local seniors and service organizations as the 15th annual Senior Summit was held on the grounds Friday, May 19.
Temperatures in the 90s did not stop the hundreds of people gathered to grab freebies and hear about the various services throughout the Eastern Shore region. Though warm throughout the day, seniors still took time to dance under the pavilion to old tunes with friends and families. At one point, a Zumba dance class broke out where par ticipants followed the movements of the instructor.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Shelby Clark with the Queen Anne’s County Area Agency on Aging said. “I think we outreached to a lot of seniors this year and individuals with disabilities, so it’s just been a great turn out.”
Having worked on the Senior Summit event for her second year, Clark said it is important to host the event to “get the message out to seniors and let them know what is available” as many do not know what resources are out there. Not only is it a fun event, Clark said, but it allows the seniors to speak face-to-face with outreach organizations.
From the three senior centers located in Sudlersville, Grasonville and Kent Island, to senior specific law offices and transportation services, attendees were able to walk the grounds and gather important information.
Queen Anne’s County Commissioner Jack Wilson, who walked around with his wife Tracy, said it was a great day for seniors to get out and see all the service organizations and to mingle with their community members.
Sheriff Gary Hofmann said safety, awareness and education is what makes events like the Senior Summit so beneficial to a community. He said it’s great when service organizations and local businesses team up to assist the senior population to create awareness opportunities.
To view a photo gallery from the annual event, visit www.myeasternshore.com.