Maplewood dishes out pasta, cash for residents’ council


‘We had a good turnout for our first year’

After serving up spaghetti for a crowd, Maplewood residents will now have the opportunity to venture out on more community outings.

The Brighton long-term care home’s staff members hosted a pasta dinner at the local Masonic Hall on Oct. 20. Proceeds from the dozens of plates served will support Maplewood’s residents’ council fund, which funds outings and special entertainment for residents.

Life enrichment aide Roseanne Blackburn says the event drew about 40 to 50 community members.

“We had a good turnout for our first year,” Roseanne tells The OMNIway.

Diners appreciated the food and the attention to details on the dining tables. Maplewood decorated the tables with red-and-white checkered tablecloths and centrepieces made up of dried pasta and legumes.

“They thought it was a great fundraiser,” Roseanne adds. She put together a display board containing pictures of residents enjoying outings. “This is what we are raising the money for,” she says.

For $12.50 per person, patrons enjoyed a plate of spaghetti, caesar salad, garlic bread and dessert.

This type of fundraiser is a first for Maplewood, noted administrator and life enrichment co-ordinator Rachel Corkery.

“If we have 25 to 50 people, that would be amazing,” she told The OMNIway prior to the event. “Anything over that would be wonderful.”

Maplewood is currently tallying up the amount of money raised from the dinner.

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