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Silver Fox celebrates three years

Laughter, music and food filled the Silver Fox Senior Social Club as its members and their families celebrated the anniversary of the club and autumn Tuesday Oct. 19.

The club combined the two parties, rather than have an anniversary party in summer around the actual anniversary because families were going on vacation in July, said Becky Kishtok, the program director for the club.

"We've come a long way in the three years," Kishtok said. "We started off with no members and through marketing, word of mouth and support from our families we've grown."

She said it was hard at first to show the importance of keeping the seniors at home and not send them to a nursing home. Some benefits of staying at home are they have their family around them, it's familiar and comfortable.

"We're trying to show the importance of keeping them at home," she said. "We treat them as a person. Socialization is also important. It gives them purpose and meaning. It gives them a group of friends."

In celebration of the anniversary, about 60 people including members and their families attended.

"The event was very successful and everyone had a great time," Kishtok said. "The food was delicious and the music by Jerry Cali was entertaining and enjoyed by everyone."

Members mingled, played pool and ate with their families and each other. The members helped bake, make decorations and help decorate to prepare for the party. Cali, a guitarist that has been playing at the club since it opened, also performed live music.

"We do family parties to get to know the families, and it gives them time together," Kishtok said. "It gives them a chance to have fun."

The club is a nonprofit organization that provides a place for seniors to go during the day. It opened the second week of July in 2007. It is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and has about 50 members, with an average of 22 a day, who come from all around Onodaga County. It costs $65 a day to attend, but there is financial assistance available, said Kishtok.

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