PUBLISHED: 1:33 PM on Wednesday, December 7, 2005
Event fosters friendships with elders, youth

Courtesy photo
  Beth Rabor of the Pioneer Home staff assists "littles" Markie, left, and Damond.
It was a day filled with friends and fun for everyone Nov. 19 at the Great Hall of the Pioneer's Home in Ketchikan for Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Bingo was just the beginning. Boys and Girls Club member Jared read the call numbers as every eye was on the cards.

After the bingo winners claimed their prizes the party expanded to games, art projects and karaoke.

One table became the Jenga arena.

In this game where players pull a block from the tower until the structure has no support and tumbles, everyone laughed when the whole thing fell down.

At another table, party goers could use a salad spinner and paint to create beautiful designs.

For those who just had to sing, there was karaoke.

Before the party could end, everyone had to sing to Markie before her big sister Tracy Acre whisked her away to an afternoon of movie magic.

This afternoon was a collaboration between the Alaska Community Services, Pioneer's Home, Seaview Terrace and the Boys and Girls Club.

This party was to foster friendships between the elders and the youth in a comfortable and relaxed environment.

This is an on-going project to promote elder-matches.

The next Intergenerational Party will be 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17.

For information, call Gretchen Klein at (907) 617- 4685 or Amy LaSage at (907) 247-4256.

LaSage is with Ketchikan's Boys and Girls club.