piano as guests arrived. “I was new when
they had the show last year,” she explained.
“I can’t wait to help out.”
Supporting causes close
Patricia Osage, executive director of LIFE
ElderCare, was at the Turkey Roost, too – both
to learn what to expect as a model, and to
personally thank residents for supporting
LIFE ElderCare’s charitable programs.
“I was a model at age 9,” she joked. “I’m
hoping things haven’t changed too much!”
Her tone grew more serious as she out-
lined how LIFE ElderCare would use the
funds raised by the fashion show to support
Meals on Wheels in Union City. “With our aging population,
it’s really an area of growing need,” she explained. “We deliver
more than 350 meals each day to elders who desperately need
help. Our volunteers make sure people have good nutrition; that
they don’t become malnourished, like so many isolated, frail
seniors do. But just as important, we serve as a point of contact.
For some of the elderly people who use Meals on Wheels, our
volunteers are literally the only ones who check in on them and
make sure they’re safe.”
The second charity earmarked for proceeds was the New
Haven Schools Foundation. Established in 1981, it helps close
gaps in state funding, ensuring local teachers and students can
continue to benefit from top-quality educational programming,
including a broad range of extra-curricular activities – from
sports to forensics.
Acacia Creek Executive Vice President Chuck Major explains,
“The Acacia Creek Fashion Show is a meaningful way for our
residents and staff to give back to the community in which we
live; to make a difference locally.”
This year’s Spring Fling Fashion Show was a success. Thanks to
the hard work of Brusher and the models, Acacia Creek raised
$2,000 for each charity – money that will stretch far into the
Union City community and beyond.
But the fashion show serves another important purpose, too:
It inspires residents to pursue an active lifestyle that emphasizes vitality and growth at every age.
Although this was Roehl’s fourth time modeling in the fash-
ion show, it was her first year using a walker. “At first I didn’t
know if I wanted to walk at all,” she confesses. “But then I
decided that I should do it for the other ladies. I wanted them
to think that if I can do it, so can they. Just because you need a
walker doesn’t mean you have to watch from the sidelines.”
“I don’t want to spend my retirement sitting around,” Moody
says. “That’s why I’m here at Acacia Creek.”
ACACIA CREEK RESIDENT KAREN MOODY MODELS CLOTHING
FOR CHARITY AT THE SPRING FLING FASHION SHOW.