NW Links gets a taste of community support

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NW Links, which brings awareness and raises revenue for elder care, recently enjoyed a social with an international flavor.

People like The Bridge at Cherry Hill sales and community relations director Jen Burns, Christine Crum and Tracy Cale invited representatives from nursing homes, senior assisted living facilities, retirement centers and more to come to Market Beer, Wine & Spirits in Johnston for a wine tasting. The event featured food from The Bridge at Cherry Hill and Anchor Bay Pocasset.

Marc Guillotte, a representative for MS Walker, set up a wine and whiskey tasting counter and was ably assisted by Jennie Hansburg, who was working with the liquor distributor during a visit to Rhode Island from her native County Clare, Ireland.

It was a special event, with unmatched hospitality inside owner Norm Hale’s spacious location at 11 Commerce Way off Atwood Avenue. Ala Wallace, Michelle Bolton and Susan Miller, who also work in elder care, were among those enjoyed their time at the event.

“We try to do something different for every event we have,” said Crum, who doubles as president and CEO of Cranston-based Gentry Moving & Storage. “Our objective is to raise money that will help seniors in elder care.”

Crum, who was thrilled with the dozens of folks who turned out, said the event netted $500 to benefit RI Elder Info, a unique nonprofit that provides the only comprehensive, expert-curated, multilingual online resource for Rhode Island’s senior citizens.

“Their mission is to empower people throughout the aging journey by providing easy one-stop access to a comprehensive suite of information and resources,” Burns said. “Their core belief is that information is power and no one should struggle to live a healthy, safe, dignified and happy life from lack of it.”

Deb Burton, a gerontologist for RI Elder Info, issued a heartfelt thanks to NW Links saying the funds raised would go toward Calling All Veterans Day. She said the event will take place on May 9 at the Ryan Center and will be open to the public.

Burton also explained that the Calling All Veterans Days is an opportunity for veterans of all eras to receive information on resources and benefits from vendors and hear presentations from that will empower independent aging for participants, their spouses or their aging parents. There will also be breakout sessions throughout the event.

She also said the event will be an opportunity for “our community to come together to support organizations that make sure our veterans are not aging alone, in need of friendship, camaraderie or support. There will be multiple organizations present that are seeking volunteers.”

Those who like to help RI Elder Info or would like further information can call Burton at 585-0509.

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