Oakdale and surrounding area seniors were once again treated to a complimentary lunch and a wealth of information during the 15th Annual Oakdale Senior Information Day hosted on Friday, June 10. The annual event is presented and sponsored by the City of Oakdale and Oak Valley Hospital District and is free to the community. It is hosted each year at the Gene Bianchi Community Center.
Attendees were greeted by close to 40 vendors offering information on a plethora of senior-related services and opportunities. City of Oakdale Facilities and Recreation Services Supervisor Linda Royalty estimated the crowd at between 150 and 185 people.
“I think we had more this year,” Royalty said of the attendance. “I saw a lot of new people that I haven’t seen at the Senior Center before.”
Royalty stated that advance visibility of the event may have been a helpful tool in reaching those unfamiliar with the event. The event was promoted via social media, as well as a flyer which accompanied city water bills that were sent to all Oakdale residents.
The complimentary lunch was made possible in part due to Dale Commons, Oak Valley Hospital District and was served by The Native Daughters of the Golden West.
“It makes for a wonderful service project for them,” Royalty said of the continued support of the Native Daughters, noting additionally free drawings for 40 different raffle items were conducted throughout the day for participants.
The event is aimed at offering exposure to service programs, as well as non-profits, which may benefit the senior community.
“This way they can see what senior services are out there within the county,” Royalty said of the seniors in attendance, “and not just our city. It also showed that there are different places they can volunteer their time.”
The Recreation Supervisor concluded that the event will return for a 16th year and said she plans to reach out to additional companies and organizations that service the senior community.
“We’ve done it so many years, we’ve got it down,” she said. “It’s great exposure. All the vendors really look forward to coming each year.”