On December 10, 2015, Pathway Homes’ residents poured into Good Shepherd Church in Burke for the Annual Resident Holiday Party. The room was beautifully transformed into a winter wonderland with silver and blue balloons, snowflakes and twinkling lights. The mood was jolly and joyful and smiles, enthusiastic handshakes, and pats on the back were plentiful as guests caught up with old friends and met new ones.
The guests were treated to delicious holiday favorites that included rotisserie chicken, ham, dressing, mashed potatoes, macaroni and cheese, sweet potatoes and other sides. The evening meal was topped off with a variety of tasty desserts.
Prior to the dinner, some of the guests enthusiastically serenaded the crowd with Karaoke tunes. Many of them had practiced their selection all year and they sang with gusto and pride. After dinner, many more burned off dinner calories on the dance floor. Our own Tova Roth’s selection of upbeat popular music kept many dancing for much of the evening.
For the second year in a row, winners of the Holiday Card contest were announced at the party. Congratulations to Vickie Wolfrey who won a $50 prize and a stack of holiday cards to send to family and friends. Pathway Homes used her design on the holiday card sent to staff, volunteers, donors, and residents this year.
As always, the highlight of the evening was the raffle drawing. Several members of the Pathways Consumer Advisory Council pulled the tickets out of a box and displayed the prizes as Chief Operating Officer, Dr. Eleanor Vincent, read out the raffle numbers while the room attentively listened for their number to be called. Ten lucky winners went home with great prizes including a crisp new one hundred dollar bill and a variety of gift cards to local restaurants and movie theaters.
This year, our local community stepped up and donated several wonderful raffle prizes. Our thanks go to Wegmans, Old Country Buffet, Dean and Hallie Pollet, Firenza Pizza, and Smashburger for their generous donations of gift certificates. Smashburger also donated napkins and silverware for the evening. Also donated and raffled were a beautiful handmade afghan made by a Pathways resident, and a stunning handmade Pathways logo quilt made by a staff member.
The evening would not have gone as smoothly without the wonderful contributions of energetic and hard-working volunteers who came out to help create decorations and centerpieces days before the event, and also helped with set up and clean up, food service, and a variety of other tasks on the day of the party. The room looked fabulous, the food was delicious, and the volunteers made it seem so easy. Our many thanks go to each of them!