Helmwood Hosts Senior Q

The Helmwood community brought their lawn chairs out, rolled out the giant grills and roped off the front parking lot to celebrate the fifth annual Senior Q on August 18th.  It was a perfect day to have some fun outside and enjoy a delicious barbeque.  Guests included residents and their families, staff, and volunteers.

The barbeque was prepared by the men of Elizabethtown First Presbyterian Church and Wink’s Smokehouse (a barbeque group) in cooperation with our dietary staff.  It was then judged by three resident “experts” who decided which was the best meat and sauce.  Again this year, the pulled pork and original sauce were the favorites.

Young and old enjoyed activities that included a corn hole game, an inflatable bouncy house, balloon darts, face painting, a cake walk, and a dunking booth with staff members including Jason Jones, our executive director, as the “dunkees.”

This fun and festive endeavor began with the Kansas City Barbeque Society, the National BBQ News and the Iowa Barbeque Society who joined hands to coordinate what they termed a “Senior Q.”This is an enterprise to encourage people to respond and be attentive to the importance of our elderly as a national treasure. Events such as this one are sponsored all around the nation. This is the only one sponsored east of the Mississippi.

A big thank goes out to the Elizabethtown First Presbyterian Church ,Wink’s Smokehouse, our staff and all the other volunteers who helped make the day a wonderful success.