Senior Center sells fish plates as Master’s Games fundraiser

By John Underwood /john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 8/9/17

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Something fishy was going on Friday, Aug. 4 at the George P. Thames Senior Center in Robertsdale.

Fish plates, including Cole slaw, hush puppies, baked beans, dessert and …

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Senior Center sells fish plates as Master’s Games fundraiser

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — Something fishy was going on Friday, Aug. 4 at the George P. Thames Senior Center in Robertsdale.

Fish plates, including Cole slaw, hush puppies, baked beans, dessert and drink were being sold as a fundraiser to send seniors to this year’s Alabama Masters Games, which will be held Oct. 2-5 in Trussville.

“The games provide our seniors with an opportunity to socialize,” said center director Sarah Duncan, “to meet new friends and get reacquainted with friends they’ve met in years past. Our goal is to encourage others from throughout the county to participate in the games.”

Every year the senior center takes a group to participate in the games. The fundraiser will help with transportation and accommodations for those attending, Duncan said.

You do not have to be a part of a senior group to attend the games, Duncan said. The only requirement for participation is to be at least age 50.

“We have participants who are 90 and above compete and win medals,” she said. “It’s a great experience for anyone who wants to participate and stay active.”

According to the East Alabama Regional Planning and Development Commission Website, the Masters Games of Alabama is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy lifestyles for active adults age 50 and over through social, mental and physical activities.

They were developed in Oxford in 1989 to provide adults age 50 and above an opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle by participating in a variety of events. Each year, between 600 and 800 participants and volunteers from across the state participate in the games.

This is the 12th straight year participants from the Thames Senior Center participated in the games, which sponsored by the Area Agency on Aging, also locally by the South Alabama Regional Planning Commission.

The Thames Center represents District 7, which includes Baldwin, Mobile, Escambia, Conecuh, Washington, Choctaw, Clarke, Wilcox and Monroe counties. Participants also attend locally from Orange Beach, Saraland, Chickasaw and Mobile.

The Thames Center serves Robertsdale, Loxley and Silverhill in Central Baldwin, Duncan said. They also have participants from Fairhope, Gulf Shores, Elberta and Malbis.

Another fish fry fundraiser will be held at the senior center in September, Duncan said.

For more information about the games, go to mastersgamesalabama.org. For more information about activities at the Center, contact Duncan at 251-947-8973.

Drop by the senior center to pick up a calendar for a full list of events, call 251-947-8973 or email robertsdaleseniorcenter@gmail.com.