Written by Jaimee Green
Those 500 people who showed up to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Faith Lutheran Home on Sunday, Sept. 9, enjoyed an afternoon of good weather, good company, music, fun, food and entertainment.
Staff who were busy in the days leading up to the event got started early that morning by putting on the final touches which included setting up for a large buffet-style luncheon and decorating in black and gold.
Those who attended enjoyed a lunch of pulled pork sandwiches, corn on the cob, potato salad and for dessert there were commemorative cupcakes and glass mugs filled with Doc’Z homemade root beer floats.
Along with their normal food preparations for the residents and Northeast Montana Health Services employees, kitchen staff went through 500 plates, 100 pounds of pulled pork, eight watermelons, 80 pounds of macaroni salad, 384 cobs of corn and potato chips, 20 gallons of lemon-aid and eight gallons of ice cream.
“The dietary crew is talented at what they do and they know how to get the job done. We were also grateful for all of the additional help we received from the many others who made it a great party,” said Sharon Hoffman, director of dietary services.
Three hundred gold glittered cupcakes were prepared for the event with one employee devoting countless hours to making the cupcake toppers.
“It was my pleasure to be part of the 50th anniversary celebration. It becomes a labor of love and not a chore when you are participating in a project to thank and recognize a community of people that have supported our facility for so long,” said Sharon Dschaak, director of infection control and safety for NEMHS.
Some 250 commemorative pie plates and oven mitts were given to various members from the community who have made contributions to the facility over the years as volunteers and organization members.
Several hundred booklets showcasing and reflecting on the facility’s last five decades were also available for patrons to enjoy.
“We were so pleased with how many people showed up for this event. The community support, dedicated staff and passionate volunteers have always been what have made Faith Lutheran Home the great success it is today,” said Mary Boysun, a nurse at FLH.
Shrieks and laughter could be heard from children enjoying carnival games and jumping inside the large inflatable bounce house. Snow cones, cotton candy and prizes were all part of the volunteer efforts of the members of the Optimist Club of Wolf Point.
“In the beginning, we had been asked to let Faith Lutheran Home borrow our snow cone machine and it really just blossomed from there. Our club knew there would be children, parents and families in attendance and we wanted to be a part of that,” said Pat Stennes, club president.
Patrons also enjoyed listening to music from the Dudley and the Dead Beats Band while taking in a small car show.
The event had been coordinated by a committee and plans had been underway since earlier this year.
“There was an incredible amount of time and effort that went into insuring this was successful. Everyone worked together and everything just fell into place beautifully. It would be impossible to name everyone who contributed their efforts but we are so grateful to everyone for all of their time,” said JoAnn Hibl, director of nursing at FLH.