Volunteers from Good Shepard Hospice hosted the fifth annual fish derby and cookout on Tuesday, June 19 at Wolf Creek Park.
Organized as a social outing for seniors there were more than 60 people in attendance for the free event, which included a grilled lunch and drinks and fishing bait donated by Sam Williams owner of Grand Lake Sports Center.
Beth Marsh the Community Liaison, and Alicia Piland the Volunteer Coordinator from Good Shepard where on hand to assist those in attendance and help to organize the mid-day events.
There was a total of five centers in attendance, Grove Nursing Center, Grand Lake Villa, Windridge, Grandwood Assisted Living, and Betty Ann Nursing Center.
Pelevan was booked by the facilities to provide transportation to and from the event include up the street for the restrooms with one of the two busses staying on site.
“This is one outreach of many that Good Shepard does,” said Marsh “We always ask what more can we do.”
Good Shepard volunteers also organizes the senior prom and health fair.
The event was open to the elderly and their families and ran from 10 a.m. till 1 p.m.
“We always welcome everyone,” said Marsh.
On had to assist was a total of 10 volunteer some returning for multiple years.
Kord Buttler who is the grandson of Marsh was volunteering for his third year.
“It’s good to talk to people, they don’t get to go out much and it’s a good way to make someone’s day better,” said Buttler.
Volunteer duties ranged from assisting the elderly, baiting hooks, cooking food, setup, breakdown and clean up.
Gene Thielen, a new resident of Grove who recently moved from Colorado to be closer to three of his 12 children attended his first fishing derby.
“It’s neat and relaxing, it gets us out of the home,” said Thielen.