Seniors celebrate holiday by not staying at home

Debbie McClelland photos

The goal of Stay at Home in Wilton is to help seniors live in their homes as long as possible, but on Friday, Dec. 12, more than 80 members, volunteers and friends of the organization were not at home — they were celebrating the holiday season with a festive dinner at Wilton Congregational Church.

The organization is grateful to the RVNA (Ridgefield Visiting Nurse Association), Wilton Meadows and the Wilton Congregational Church for honoring the spirit of the season. These fine organizations sponsored the 2014 Stay at Home Holiday Party and were represented at the event by Eloise Barron of the RVNA and Mary Massoud of Wilton Meadows.

Members, volunteers and guests mingled over drinks and hors d’oeuvres before sitting down to a delicious holiday dinner by Melissa Fine Catering. Entrees featured tender roasted filets of salmon with pesto aioli and chicken piccata. Stay at Home member Pastor Blake Greenlee led the diners in a prayer of thanksgiving.

During dinner, Wilton’s “TrebleMakers” entertained with familiar holiday classics and sing-a-longs. Many Stay at Home members are also active members of the Wilton community. The organization’s Anne Richards was one of the founding members of the TrebleMakers and Stay at Home Member Karen Pingarrron is also a member of the TrebleMakers.

The evening was also a night to honors volunteers. Member Joan Starr was honored with a gift for more than years of service, organizing rides for members 365 days of the year. She will be staying on to help member Marge Anderson transition into that role.

Drivers, service repairmen Sonny Kern, Ben Mazzucco, and Roger Smith and all other volunteers were recognized as well. It was great night of celebration for members and those who support the Stay at Home community. At the end of the evening, each guest was surprised with a gift bag of Christmas cookies homemade by Yolanda Bonomo.