West Lake Terrace hosts family, friends barbecue, entertainment

Matt Cage, an Elvis Presley tribute artist, serenades a West Lake Terrace resident during a June 20 event at the Prince Edward County home.

Elvis impersonator among highlights of June 20 affair

Elvis was in the house along with residents, staff, family members and friends during a recent event at West Lake Terrace.

The Prince Edward County long-term care home hosted its friends and family barbecue with live entertainment June 20 from 5-7 p.m.

Life enrichment co-ordinator (LEC) Janie Denard tells The OMNIway it was a well-received event by residents and staff alike.

“It was a fabulous time,” Janie says. “It was one of our better parties.”

She said about 125 people participated.

For residents, the live entertainment and the opportunity to celebrate good times with family and friends are two aspects that make the affair popular.

Residents also enjoy the chance to introduce their West Lake friends to their family members and other visitors.

Meanwhile, employees could be a bit “light-hearted” as they’re not as driven by tasks during the event, which is a fun perk for residents as well.

There was plenty of planning and preparation behind the scenes to ensure the event’s success. “We would not be able to do this without our front-line staff,” Janie says.

The LEC booked the entertainment in January. Residents specifically requested Matt Cage, an Elvis Presley tribute artist.

“He’s a very accomplished Elvis impersonator,” Janie says, noting he has performed at the home on a few previous occasions. “Matt’s a very entertaining performer and includes the residents. He really makes it quite an event.”

She says residents love the interaction when the performer plants a kiss on their cheek or playfully approaches them with his red scarf.

The performance was anticipated to be a key highlight of the evening, along with the freshly-made salads, beans, burgers and strawberry shortcake prepared with local berries if they were ready for picking.

West Lake Terrace asked those who attended to bring a non-perishable item for the local food bank instead of paying the usual $5 entry fee.

There was a 50-50 draw held during the event, which usually nets about $200 for the home’s residents’ council.

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