SHREWSBURY, MA – On Saturday, June 10th, 1,200 seniors from across Worcester County filtered through SAC Park in Shrewsbury to receive their FREE Barbeque lunch provided by the Worcester County Sheriff’s Office and Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff Association.
For over a decade now, Sheriff Evangelidis and his teams have been celebrating each summer with the Sheriff’s Annual Senior Picnic. This year, attendees were greeted with barbecue boxed lunches, raffle giveaways, a goodie bag, scratch tickets, chick-fil-a gift cards, and much more.
With the transition from spring to summer, the Sheriff’s picnic becomes a highly anticipated event for the county’s senior community. The Sheriff’s Office receives support and donations from local companies and organizations such as Table Talk Pies, Dimitria Delights, the Massachusetts State Lottery, Polar Beverage, Atlas Distributing, Chick-fil-a Worcester, Chick-fil-a Westborough, and Automatic Rolls of New England.
This year, Norma Gregory and Ray Beaupre, residents of Spencer, were the lucky recipients of a raffle basket from the Sheriff’s Office.
“The Sherriff’s annual Senior Picnic is always one of my favorite events,” said Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis. “Each summer, it is great to reconnect with friends and familiar faces from all over Worcester County. Our seniors have done and continue to do so much for our cities and towns. They deserve to be recognized and celebrated.”
This year, the picnic is sponsored by the Worcester County Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association and community partners such as CareOne at Millbury, The Overlook, Christopher Heights Assisted Living, Athol Savings Bank, The Gun Parlor, Mercadante Funeral Home, Falcone Enterprises, NEPBA Local 550 Worcester County Correction Officers, and the Worcester Red Sox. In addition, many vendors attended to showcase their products and services as seniors made their way through the drive-thru.
More than 75 volunteers from the Sheriff’s Office and the Reserve Deputy Sheriff’s Association came together to assist with the event.