Se­nior Sum­mit held at 4-H Park

Record Observer - - News - By MIKE DAVIS mdavis@kibay­times.com

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.

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