Laurel Park residents enjoy a ‘Vegas Extravaganza’

From Staff Reports

Susan Harrison fondly recalled her slot-machine days during a recent casino activity for residents at Laurel Park in Stockbridge.

“When I could, I went to the slot machines three times a month, said Harrison, resident council vice president. “Today, I won $200, and spent the tickets on gifts that I like. Plus the food was delicious.”

Residents at Laurel Park and Griffin Home Care were recently treated to a casino event, Vegas Extravaganza” featuring blackjack, roulette and craps. Special photo

Laurel Park and Griffin Home Care recently teamed up to offer the residents a chance to play blackjack, roulette, and craps in a “Vegas Extravaganza.” About 40 residents gambled for approximately two hours, including one bedbound resident via Skype.

The casino event was selected as part of a Committed to Caring project. The excited residents stopped by the dining room early to get a sneak peek at the casino decoration. When the festivities finally kicked off at 2:30 p.m., many of them were waiting in line to enter the casino.

Residents were greeted at the door and escorted to the game of their choice -- blackjack, craps, or roulette. Each resident received $1,000 in fun money from the dealer for betting. Staff members of Laurel Park and Griffin Home Care served hors d’oeuvres and mocktails to residents and family members.

The day also featured music by Dale Hinton from Oak Park Baptist Church, and volunteers from Global Impact Ministries helped serve the residents snacks and assist them in their playing.

At the end of the day, residents cashed out their winnings and received tickets to claim prizes. Two residents even won $8,000 in casino money.

Excitement was evident in one of the big winners from the casino, Ms. Laurel Park 2017, Linda Atwood.

“I won, and won big!” she exclaimed. “I enjoyed it, and can’t wait until we do it again.”

Lady Luck didn’t smile quite as much on Resident Council President Sheila Owens. Nevertheless, Owens said is already looking forward to her next chance at the casino.

“I broke even, but I can’t wait to do it again,” said Owens.

When the casino day was over, Martha Wilkerson was among the residents who were grateful for a new experience at the casino.

“I have never been that close to anything like that,” she said. “It was so much fun.”