WRC Senior Services celebrated its 125th Anniversary during the week of July 19 with picnics at each WRC location.
WRC Senior Services was founded in Brookville in 1890 due to the efforts of Brookville resident and former army nurse Kate Scott and the Woman’s Relief Corp, a national auxiliary formed to care for Civil War veterans, widows and orphans from the war.
The Pennsylvania Memorial Home, WRC’s first community, opened at that time.
Today WRC Senior Services has multiple communities in Elk, Clarion and Jefferson Counties.
Festivities kicked off with a picnic at Highland Oaks personal care in Shippenville on Tuesday, July 21. Around 75 residents, family members and staff attended. Guests enjoyed hamburgers, hot dogs, macaroni salad, broccoli salad, chips and assorted cookies.
All of the picnics featured a live musical performance by Keep Off the Grass, a country and bluegrass band.
The celebration continued with a picnic at Ridgmont personal care in Ridgway on Wednesday, July 22. Around 65 residents, family members and staff attended and enjoyed a lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad, baked beans and assorted desserts.
Edgewood Heights personal care in New Bethlehem was packed with 100 guests at their picnic on Thursday, July 23. Residents, their families and staff enjoyed pulled pork sandwiches, baked beans, cole slaw, potato chips, cake and snow cones.
On Friday, July 24, In Home Solutions and North Fork Heights had a joint celebration in the parking lot at the In Home Solutions office in Brookville. David & Harry Reitz served up a delicious pig roast with baked beans and macaroni salad. Popcorn and snow cones were also available. Around 90 In Home Solutions clients, family members and staff attended with about 25 North Fork Heights residents.
The 125th celebration wrapped up on Saturday, July 25 at Laurelbrooke Landing
retirement community in Brookville. The day began with a Run for Charitable Care, a 5K or 1 Mile Run/Walk to benefit WRC’s charitable care program.
There was a Civil War encampment throughout the day with re-enactors from Berdan’s Company C, 2nd Regiment United States Sharpshooters. A dozen men from five different states provided the living history event, which included a troop of sharpshooters, firing demonstrations, a Civil War surgeon, weapons exhibit and women’s clothing exhibit. The Jefferson County History Center also loaned their exhibit on Kate Scott for the day.
Festivities at Laurelbrooke Landing continued with a picnic lunch of hamburgers and hot dogs, macaroni salad, baked beans, chips and brownies. Snow cones and cotton candy were also available. Around 340 residents, family members, staff and visitors were served.
There were a variety of outdoor games set up for children, as well as face painting. A dunking booth featuring various Laurelbrooke Landing leaders was also a big draw.
Each WRC community is displaying a special 125th Anniversary banner for the next several months. For more information about WRC Senior Services or any of our locations, please call 814-849-1205 or visit www.wrc.org. To view complete photo albums from all these events, visit WRC’s Facebook page.