On Dec. 7, 2018, residents at Life Care Center of Yuma, Arizona, enjoyed a special Winter Formal Ball with their family members.
The facility had held several fundraisers (including a garage sale, silent auction and chicken wings sale) to make the event possible. Associates volunteered their time to help with hair and makeup or donated items such as gowns, shirts and ties to give the residents a chance to dress to the nines.
Approximately 70 residents attended, plus family members. Attendees feasted on a dinner of chicken cordon bleu, vegetable lasagna, salad, cheesecake tarts and gourmet pastries. While they ate, they enjoyed Caravan Band’s performance of music from the 1920s through the 1970s, with some comedy thrown in.
“I really enjoyed the Winter Formal,” said resident Mary Kennedy. “It was the most awesome thing I ever saw, and I couldn’t get over how they dressed everybody up and made us feel beautiful. I was telling all my family about it and showing them pictures. They couldn’t get over it.”
Fellow resident Jose Padilla added, “I would like to extend my appreciation to the activity department, dietary and nursing staff for a wonderful Christmas formal. Your dedication to the residents has not gone unnoticed.”
“The winter ball was an outstanding event that will be long remembered,” said Jim Smith, husband of one of the residents. “From the hosts greeting the residents and visitors at the door to the guides seating people to the presentation and serving of the food, the entire evening was well organized and carefully planned. The food was above comparison, with fresh-baked cookies served after dessert. Who could ask for anything more?”