The Manoir du Lac Family Lunch Box Social held on September 10 had a festive atmosphere as family and friends of Manoir residents gathered to socialize and share lunch together.
The Family Lunch Box Social is also the sole, annual fundraising initiative to raise money for recreational events throughout the year, such as birthdays, Valentine’s Day, to purchase pop, ice cream and on occasion party paraphernalia such as balloons and other items.
Manoir du Lac, recreation therapist and coordinator, Victoria Patrick, said the event was a great success, raising over $1,600. Patrick emphasis it was very much a collaborative effort between the community, staff, administration and family members of the residents, a number of whom donated boxes for the event.
Made by Manoir residents, each unique lunch box contained lunch for three people with each one being auctioned to the highest bidder, an entertaining process that was enjoyed by all present.
Paul Dubrule, a member of the Golden Age Volunteers and choir leader at St. John the Baptist Church, assumed the role of auctioneer.
Tammy Dillabough, a volunteer coordinator with Alberta Health made her personal contribution by baking an elaborate, 3-tier cake for the occasion.
“There was a lot of food,” says Victoria Patrick. “People said the food was excellent but there was so much of it, which is definitely better than people saying there wasn’t enough.”