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Senior Care Residents, Families, Enjoy Car Show
Astoria Resident
Residents at the Astoria Senior Living and Memory Care Center had the opportunity to look through classic cars and hot rods on display at the Laurel Avenue facility on Friday. It was part of a fundraiser and annual celebration for the Alzheimer’s Association put on by the center staff, for residents, their families, and a number of car enthusiasts from the area.

Though it was a bit warm outside on Friday, June 24, there was plenty of shade, and a slight breeze as the Astoria Senior Living and Memory Care Center in Oakdale hosted a picnic and car show for its residents and their families.

The picnic featured a barbecue, snacks and cold adult beverages along with soft drinks. And there was plenty of music from a singer/guitarist.

The high point, however, might have been the stroll down memory lane that residents could participate in by cruising up and down the line of classic restored, and hot rodded, cars displayed along the driveway. There was a convertible, a smaller foreign model, and a 32 Deuce Ford, among others, even a couple of 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air sedans, one with a small travel trailer, painted in a matching turquoise blue and white two-tone paint scheme.

The Chevy and trailer garnered the “Resident’s Choice” award trophy that went to Riverbank resident Terry Barrett. The next day, Barrett received the “Fan Favorite” trophy in the Riverbank Centennial Picnic and Car Show.

During the afternoon, Oakdale Mayor Cherilyn Bairos dropped by Astoria to help residents celebrate, and got to spend some time checking out the cars, as well. At one point, while talking with the various car owners, she shot some cell phone video of the classics.

Astoria Senior Living hosted the classic car show in order to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association as part of the organization’s ‘The Longest Day’ initiative. All donations from the event go to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s The Longest Day.

Astoria Win
The owner of this ’56 Chevrolet, Terry Barrett, center, is awarded the “Resident’s Choice” trophy following a picnic and car show at the Astoria Senior Living and Memory Care Center. He is flanked by center staff members, who organized the event for their residents and their families. It was a fundraiser for the Alzheimer’s Association on June 24.