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Country-themed fundraiser had much to celebrate

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Residents of All Seniors Care (ASC) wore 10-gallon hats and cowboy boots as they collected loonies and food items for Winnipeg Harvest during a recent fundraiser.

The event, held at the Sturgeon Creek II Retirement Residence (707 Setter St.) on Sept. 7, had a country theme, with country and bluegrass music, a corn roast, farm games, and a petting zoo.

In addition to donating to Winnipeg Harvest, the fundraiser also recognized Grandparents Day, which was formally recognized on Sept. 8 nationally, and the 100th anniversary of the 4-H Club in Canada, which began in May 1913.

According to its website, the 4-H Club is "an organization that develops innovative community leadership in youth between the ages of eight and 21."

Ronna Goldberg of ASC said many residents of ASC had been involved in the 4-H Club years ago, so it made sense to incorporate the organization in their celebration.

Jacob Braun, a 90-year-old ASC resident, was not a part of the 4-H Club, but his late wife and their children were heavily involved.

"My wife taught at the 4-H and my kids all took part," Braun said. "The girls learned to cook, sew, and speak in public settings. (My wife) taught cooking."

Braun’s son learned about mechanical work, which helped him later in life as he went on to fix bigger motors.

The 4-H Club originally started out as a men-only organization.

"They had a contest to see how big their corn was and who could yield the most corn out of their fields," Goldberg said.

Eventually, women joined in to grow tomatoes at first, and then all sorts of vegetables and fruits.

Goldberg said the 4-H Club included donating to food banks as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, so the residents and staff at ASC followed suit.

"We wanted to help swell the shelves," Goldberg said about Winnipeg Harvest. "People don’t think about being hungry after the summer."

For more information about All Seniors Care, visit allseniorscare.com

For more information about the 4-H Club, visit 4h.mb.ca

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