Christmas Gift Angel Parties
Coming up next are our Christmas Gift Angel Parties!
Following the tradition started in the mid-1950s during the tenure of Superintendent Orville Miller of the then-named Allen County Home, we celebrated Christmas with our Christmas Gift Angel parties on December 19th & 20th.
2018 celebrates the 26th anniversary of the Byron Health Center Gift Angel program which was started as a way to personally recognize each and every Byron Health Center resident during the Christmas season. The Gift Angel program has become a popular way to make the “most wonderful time of the year” even more enjoyable for our residents, many of whom have no other family except for special friends like you or the Byron Health Center staff.
The Byron Health Center Gift Angel program seeks to provide each of our residents with a personalized gift for the Holidays.
On November 6th, we will have a “wish list” determined for each one of our residents. Friends of Byron Health Center are then invited to become Gift Angels by adopting a resident (or residents) and providing a Holiday gift for them. It is suggested that a minimum of $15 be spent on each present. Each gift should be wrapped, clearly marked with the resident’s name and code and returned to the Byron Health Center lobby no later than December 10th. Our lobby hours are Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on the weekends. All gifts will be distributed during upcoming Christmas Gift Angel parties for the residents on December 19th & 20th.
If you would like to be a Gift Angel or have any other questions, please contact us. We would be happy to send you “wish lists” for as many residents as you would like to adopt. Also, if you would like to be a Gift Angel, but are just unable to do the extra shopping during the busy Holiday season, we can help. A cash contribution will allow us to do your Holiday shopping for you, giving a resident a gift in your name. Checks should be made payable to ‘Byron Health Center’ and designated for Christmas Gift Angels.
If you’d like to adopt one of our residents for the Holidays this year, please contact Terri or Libby at 260-637-3166 or firstname.lastname@example.org or enter your information below to be contacted about being a Christmas Angel.
What can be better than cars and candy bars? Thank you for coming out the Byron Health Center parking lot for activities and trick or treating in a safe environment. We hope that you had fun!
Candy for the Trunk-O-Treat presented by MKM architecture + design and HTS Therapy Services was generously provided in part by several Byron Health Center friends and partners, including Combustion Mechanical, Core Benefits, D&B Copy Systems, Goodwill, Gordon Food Service, Grandview Pharmacy, Medline, Nutrition Services, PNC Bank and the Downtown Kiwanis, as well as members of the Byron Health Center staff.
Thank you also to our generous sponsors: MKM architecture + design, HTS Therapy Services, ProStrip Professional Metal Refinishing, Indiana Tech, Familia Dental and Instate Welding Services.
We welcomed the SCA Shadowed Stars to our campus to present medieval lifestyles for our residents and their families as we come together, along with staff, to enjoy an evening activity together. Family members and friends are welcome to join their loved ones for this event!
Back to School … Back to Oz
Our 2018 Wizard of Oz-age children and grandchildren of Byron Health Center staff, was a great event!
Approximately 150 school-age members of the community registered online to ‘follow the yellow brick road’ to find backpacks and school supplies that they can use for this new school year. Ivy Tech was also be on hand to explore future plans with as well as the Boy Scouts, Giving Teens Grace, Integrity Physical Therapy, Allen County Juvenile Center and the Fort Wayne Sport Club.
Thank you to our generous sponsors: MKM architecture + design, Menard’s (Southtown Crossing), Core Benefits, Fort Wayne Downtown Kiwanis Club and Instate Welding Services.
Byron Health Center Car Show
In Partnership with the Fort Wayne Corvette Club
Funds raised to support Equestrian therapy at Byron Health Center
Thank you to everyone that braved the heat and come out to the new Byron Health Center Car Show. Members of the Fort Wayne Corvette Club (FWCC) were able to coax 63 cars to register for the full-fledged car show that families were able to enjoy. The FWCC also brought out 27 of their highly coveted ‘Vettes’ to the Byron Health Center campus. Visit www.facebook.com/ByronHealthCenter for photos and information about how the car show went.
Generous sponsors of the event that deserve our thanks include Mobile Medical Home Care, Discount Tire, Dreammakers High Performance, Qdoba Mexican Eats, Rivers Edge Construction & Remodeling, Skyhigh Graphix, Nowak Supply, Summit City Chevrolet and New Haven Printing.
Health & Wellness Fair
Thank You for Being Well
Thanks to each and every vendor that helped make our Health & Wellness Fair a great success by sharing products and information on how you can live a healthier lifestyle.
Vendors included Affordable Dentures, Alzheimer’s Association, Centier Bank, Healthy Hearing (with Nancy Lewis), GiveHear, Indiana Tech, Live On Goods, Lutheran Health Network Trauma, MoveWell from Healthcare Therapy Services (with Cathy Vasil), MedPartners, NAMI Fort Wayne, Operation F4, PNC Bank, Red Cross, Tobacco Free Allen County, Summit City Bike & Fitness and Tranquil Touch Spa.
Congratulations to all of the door prize winners.
Eggstravaganza Easter Egg Hunt
presented by MKM architecture + design
Thank you to all that attended as well as our generous sponsors and volunteers!
Inclement weather could have dampened the Easter Spirit, but several hundred children and their families still enjoyed our Eggstravaganza Community Easter Egg Hunt, albeit being indoors. Children enjoyed booths with snacks and activities in the Eakin Family Room along with a very special visit from Peter CottonTail, the Easter Bunny, other local mascots including the Indiana Tech’s Maximus, Crazy Pinz Stryker the Parrot and the Three Rivers Festival’s Admiral Andy. The Summit City Cause-Players brought Snow White, Batman and other superheroes as well.
Generous sponsors of the event included MKM architecture + design, Havel – an EMCOR Company, HTS Healthcare Therapy Services, Mark & Lauren Prifogle from Grandview Pharmacy, Gordon Food Service, Core Benefits, Instate Welding Service, Familia Dental and Rosie Scranton. Candy and prizes for the event were provided in part by generous friends of Byron Health Center, including members of the Byron Health Center staff, the Fort Wayne Komets, the Fort Wayne Volunteer Center, Combustion Mechanical, Goodwill and Sam’s Club. Thank you for attending.
Byron’s Got Talent
Everyone Wins at Byron’s Got Talent
Special Recognition Awarded in Four Performance Categories at 5th Annual Byron Health Center Talent Show
Byron Health Center showcased the talents of residents and staff during the 5th annual Byron’s Got Talent event last Sunday, March 25th, in the Eakin Family Room at Byron Health Center, 12101 Lima Rd on the north side of Fort Wayne. Fourteen different acts performed for a crowd of over 100 people. Performances ranged from singing, dancing to even poetry. The event featured both group and solo acts by residents and team members. The two-hour event was hosted by Fort Wayne’s very own Jack Hammer, Executive Director of the Three Rivers Festival. As a lifelong MC, entertainer and musician, Hammer has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in Rock & Roll.
Participating acts were assessed on performance, presentation, production and originality by several celebrity judges including WANE TV Chief Meteorologist Nicholas Ferreri, Fort Wayne CW Station Manager Barb Richards and Francine’s Friends’ Marita Dwight-Smith as well as a ‘super-secret’ Byron Health Center staff judge: Audra Guy. Performers competed for special recognition and an individual trophy, in one of four performance categories including Most Entertaining Solo Act, Most Entertaining group Act, Most Original Act and Audience Choice Act. All acts received trophies of participation and were considered winners by everyone who attended the event
“I’m just so proud of everyone that participated in Byron’s Got Talent,” said Byron Health Center Director of Life Enrichment, Nichole Miller. “We are so glad to showcase the many wonderful talents of our residents and staff!”
Mary House, Life Enrichment Specialist at Byron Health Center campus, received special recognition as the Most Entertaining Solo Act with her performance of Believe. Byron Health Center Life Enrichment Specialist Mellissa Greenwood, and her daughter Julia Schible, received special recognition as the Most Entertaining Group Act for their performance of Me Too. Another group consisting of Wayne Wroe and Beverly Kondas, residents of Byron Health Center, received special recognition as the Most Original Act with their performance of It’s Now Or Never. Miller’s Place resident Janel Welch received special recognition as the Audience Choice Act by performing I Feel The Earth Move. Miller’s Place is the Assisted Living Community on Byron Health Center’s campus.
A Night of Magic
Thank you so much for coming out to our event. We hope that you enjoyed the show!
We really appreciate the members of The Fort Wayne Magic Club for entertaining us.
Family Fun Nights
Thank you for attending the final Family Fun Night of 2016 at Byron Health Center. BINGO was a ton of fun with several Byron Health Center Leadership Staff calling the numbers! There were prizes for winners and refreshments for all.
Open House & Community Celebration
Thank you for joining us to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Byron Health Center being a licensed nursing home!
Our open house on the afternoon of Monday, October 10th, which is the also birthday of our namesake, Irene Byron, who was born on that date 134 years ago, also commemorated 100 years of our organization existing on this property as the original TB tent hospital was established in 1916 here on the corner of Carroll & Lima Roads.
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