Fish fry fundraiser held for Masters Games

By John Underwood / john@gulfcoastmedia.com
Posted 1/4/19

ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The George P. Thames Adult Activity Center held a fish fry fundraiser on Friday.

Plates included fried fish, hush puppies, Cole slaw, baked beans and pound cake. Proceeds …

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Fish fry fundraiser held for Masters Games

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ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — The George P. Thames Adult Activity Center held a fish fry fundraiser on Friday.

Plates included fried fish, hush puppies, Cole slaw, baked beans and pound cake. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help send a team to this year’s Masters Games of Alabama, which will be held in October.

Every year the Center takes a group to participate in the games. In 2018, the Activity Center sent 12 participants to the games, who brought home eight medals, including three gold.

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.

The Adult Activity Center is also hosting an indoor/outdoor yard sale and bake sale to raise money for the Masters Games. The event will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 5.

Practice for this year’s games begins at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9 at the Adulty Activity Center, 22651 E. Chicago St., Robertsdale. Anyone who is eligible to participate in the games is welcome to take part. Practice will include shuffleboard, frisbee, nerf toss, horseshoes, along with other games.

Another practice is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 30 at the Adult Activity Center.

This will be the 14th straight year participants from the Thames Center will participate in the games, 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. District qualifying for this year’s Masters Games begins in the Spring.

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

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

The George P. Thames Adult Activity Center hosts daily, weekly and monthly events for men and women over age 50 at 22651 E. Chicago St., in Robertsdale or at the PZK Hall, 17933 Alabama 104, Robertsdale. Drop by the adult activity center to pick up a calendar for a full list of events, call 251-947-8973 or email robertsdaleseniorcenter@gmail.com.