Senior group enjoys trip to New York

LAKE COUNTY — A total of 52 senior residents enjoyed a trip to New York City. The trip was part of a fundraiser for St. Ann's Senior Center, raising $2,000.

"We just got back from  New York," said Shelly Shafer, program director for St. Ann's Senior Center. "The money raised from the trip benefits programs most needed. We usually host two fundraiser trips each year, sponsored by Diamond Tours, or sometimes we plan our own. We make $40 to $50 for each person who attends. We must have 30 people in order to have the trip, and if we get 35 people, one of our staff goes for free."

During the visit, seniors enjoyed sightseeing at Times Square, the Rockefeller Center and Central Park.

"We went to the Statue of Liberty, where a lot of us climbed up to the feet of the statue, including the oldest person on the trip, who was 83. We got to eat at different places, including China Town and Little Italy. Our group was surprised by the great crowds in the city and the bumper to bumper traffic. A more somber moment was visiting the 9-11 Memorial and Museum. It was sad, but a good reminder never to forget.

"We also visited the courthouse steps filmed on Law and Order, and saw the NBC, CBS and ABC studios. On the way back to Michigan, we stopped at the Bellefonte Historical District in Pennsylvania."

There are four trips planned for next year, such as traveling to Branson to see music shows, a visit to Cape Cod and a stop at the Ark Encounter and Creation Museum.