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September 20, 2018

Casino Night at St. Luke Is A Win for Students and Seniors


OSWEGO – Roulette wheels turned, dice hit the table, while exclamations of “Black Jack” and laughter could be heard as students from the SUNY Oswego Adopt-A-Grandparent Program hosted a “Casino Night” for residents at St. Luke Health Services.

SUNY Oswego student Kayla Petutis gets ready to spin the wheel during Casino Night action at St. Luke Health Services. Looking on is Nancy Ravas. Petutis is a member of the SUNY Oswego Adopt-A-Grandparent Program, which hosted the event for St. Luke residents. The “Casino Night” was the last event of the semester for the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program at St. Luke. The program has been an important and rewarding inter-generational experience for St. Luke residents and college students alike.

SUNY Oswego student Kayla Petutis gets ready to spin the wheel during Casino Night action at St. Luke Health Services. Looking on is Nancy Ravas. Petutis is a member of the SUNY Oswego Adopt-A-Grandparent Program, which hosted the event for St. Luke residents. The “Casino Night” was the last event of the semester for the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program at St. Luke. The program has been an important and rewarding inter-generational experience for St. Luke residents and college students alike.

The evening featured a variety of games of chance including casino favorites like Roulette, Black Jack and Keno to name a few.

Adopt-A-Grandparent Program students acting as “dealers” ran the tables and music by KTC Entertainment, made for a special evening.

The event was the culmination of a year-long relationship the Adopt-A-Grandparent students have had with St. Luke residents.

Prizes were provided through St. Luke’s “Don’t Stop Wishing” Program.

Top “jackpot” winners received themed gift baskets and gift cards.

“We are fortunate to have been involved with a dedicated bunch of students from the college who visited regularly and participated in a wide variety of activities with our residents over the course of the school year,” said Diane Garcia, assistant director of activities at St. Luke. “Tonight’s event was bittersweet as we had to say goodbye to the many friends we made through the Adopt-A-Grandparent Program. Our residents really enjoyed the chance to work together and have fun with the students, and our folks wish those graduating all the best in their future endeavors.”

Garcia added, “This has been a great way to keep our folks connected with their community and a wonderful service opportunity for students from SUNY Oswego to learn from our residents and enjoy their company.”

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