Local senior citizens were treated to a plethora of information, a fashion show, raffles and a tasty lunch Wednesday at the second annual Life Expo at the Heritage Center.
Representatives of retirement communities, health care organizations, financial service firms, fashion industries, retail shops, nonprofit organizations and more were on hand at the event, sponsored by the Leavenworth Times.
“I thought it was a huge success,” said Sandy Hattock, general manager of the Times. “Everyone really seems to love this.”
Hattock said more than 200 people attended Wednesday’s event.
Visitors were issued a card upon arrival and took it around to each of the vendor tables where the card was punched. When their card was fully punched, attendees entered it into a raffle that awarded the winner a $400 value basket.
Hattock said that there were 22 vendors at the event.
“I loved it,” said attendee Connie Hoffman. “The people were so friendly and helpful. They offered so much good information. The food was excellent.”
“This is a great way to get your name out in the community,” said Lori Todd, executive director of Twin Oaks Retirement Community. “It’s a great thing for vendors. We were here last year and we got several referrals just from this event.”
Several attendees commented that they enjoyed having so many different vendors who talked about their services and answered questions.
“This is a great service to the seniors in the community to have all of this information under one roof,” said Dr. Mary Dutton of St. John Hospital.
Julie Brainard of United Healthcare said she fielded numerous questions about Medicare and Medicaid.
“We will definitely be back next year,” she said.
Hattock wanted to thank all of the sponsors of the event.